- John 20:1-5
- John 20:1 (KJB)
- The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it
was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the
- The Old Testament Sabbath has now passed and the era of the New
Testament Sabbaths has begun. God Himself changed the Sabbath from Saturday
to Sunday, from the seventh day to the first day. See my Study entitled: The
Sabbath: Saturday or Sunday at
Mary Magdalene had arrived the tomb very early on Sunday, even before the
sun came up. She must have had a lamp and had seen that the stone was moved
away from the entrance of the tomb. No one knows exactly what time Jesus was
resurrected on that Sunday but it was definitely early. She must have looked
inside and saw that the body of Jesus was missing.
- John 20:2 (KJB)
- Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple,
whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of
the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
- Mary not knowing what to do runs back to where the disciples were
staying and first came to Peter and to John. She then reports that they have
taken the body of the Lord. She was probably referring to the Jews, that
they took the body of Jesus and reburied it somewhere else. No one had known
yet what had happened and they figured that the leaders had ordered a final
ignominy upon Jesus by removing His body so His disciples could not finish
preparing the body or steal it and then claim He arose.
- John 20:3 (KJB)
- Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the
- It is not known where Peter and John were at the time but they made
haste to get to the tomb and see what was going on. They needed to confirm
Mary’s story because she may have been a little excited in bringing that
- John 20:4 (KJB)
- So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and
came first to the sepulchre.
- John was probably a little less weightier than Peter and even though
they both started out running together, John had outrun Peter and arrived at
the tomb first.
- John 20:5 (KJB)
- And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes
lying; yet went he not in.
- John did not go inside the tomb or else he would have been considered
unclean for seven days as Joseph and Nicodemus were. Instead, John just
stooped down and looked inside the tomb and all he saw was the linen clothes
lying about. If the Garden Tomb was the burial place of Jesus, then why did
John have to stoop down and look. Stooping down would mean that it was a low
entrance and the Garden Tomb has an entrance that one can easily just walk