I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today. Here’s a preview:
Seeing the empty tomb helped those disciples believe Jesus was the Son of God, but it was not so for Mary. She wept. Jesus had died on the cross three days earlier, and a large rock had been placed in front of the tomb’s entrance (Mark 15:46–47). Mary had witnessed everything. And now her emotions flooded to the surface.
Mary had sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to his teachings. She’d watched him raise her brother Lazarus from the dead (see John 11). Mary knew Jesus well and was loyal to him. She stood at Jesus’s cross until the very end of his life.
I wonder if her arrival so early on that third day was in part because she sought closure about this man she had called the Son of God (John 11:27). Was Mary the type of person who needed to see a body to truly accept that Jesus was dead? Was her sense of duty to finish the burial heightened by the fact that the disciples were hiding, afraid for their own lives?