The Not-Quite Empty Tomb
James Montgomery Boice
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The Not-Quite-Empty Tomb
One of the great historical evidences of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the empty tomb. But the remarkable and quite startling fact is that when Peter and John arrived at the tomb on the first Easter morning it was not quite empty. The body of Jesus was gone, but something was still there. The graveclothes remained behind. The Bible suggests that there was something so striking about them that John saw them and immediately believed in Jesus' resurrection.
That is significant, for it marks the first time there was an indication of belief by one of the disciples. Ernest Renan 1 argued that faith in the resurrection was the result of rumors spread by Mary Magdalene who had suffered an hallucination, thinking she had seen Jesus. But that could not be. Mary suffered no hallucination. The last thing in the world she expected was the resurrection of her Lord. And John, at least, testified that he believed some time before Mary ever returned to the tomb and met Jesus in the garden.