After his descent to Hell–and only afterwards–Jesus rose from the dead. No one, however, witnessed the actual resurrection. The first so-called witnesses saw only the empty tomb.

Read John’s account of how Jesus’ disciples discovered the empty tomb, beginning with Mary Magdalene. As always, take your time. Pay attention to the details, imagining yourself in the shoes of the persons in the scene.

Use this instrumental music to pace and deepen your reading of Scripture.

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[1Now on the first day of the week
Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark,
and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
[2] So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple,
the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we do not know where they have laid him.”

[3] Peter then came out with the other disciple,
and they went toward the tomb.
[4] They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter
and reached the tomb first;
[5] and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there,
but he did not go in.
[6] Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb;
he saw the linen cloths lying,
[7] and the napkin, which had been on his head,
not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself.
[8] Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first,
also went in, and he saw and believed;
[9] for as yet they did not know the scripture,
that he must rise from the dead.

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Music: “Music When Soft Voices Die” from Unexpected Songs by Julian Lloyd Webber/John Lenehan. Released: 2006.