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 sepulchre.
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 sepulchre.
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 message.
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 into.