Peter arrives soon after and enters the tomb. He sees the linen cloths and then John enters, sees the empty cloths, and he believes. John, the youngest, the one Jesus loves, he is the first to believe the resurrection!
We also hear the story from the women who, not having time to prepare his body on Friday night, have come on Sunday to anoint his body for burial. They huddle at the empty tomb and see angels who ask - "Why do you look for the living among the dead?" and then they receive instructions to go and tell.
Mary Magdalene is the first to see Jesus and she is so overjoyed to see him she clings to him tightly. Jesus tells her not to hold on to him but to go and tell the others what she has seen.
Peter and John huddle with the empty linen cloths, the women huddle with angels at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene huddles with Jesus clinging tightly to him... but all of them must go on from here - all go to share the good news of the resurrection!
Imagine a huddle in a football game. 67,000 people don’t pay over $100 a ticket to watch the Bears huddle. What if you went to a Bears game and for 2½ hours you watched 11 men stand in a circle and talk? That’s not what you pay for!! People buy a ticket to see what difference the huddle makes. What they want to know is, having called the play in secret, does it work in public?
After we huddle on Sunday morning in worship, or in a bible study, or whenever we gather with others to pray, or learn about, or worship God – what play is God calling us to run in our everyday life? Where is God sending you?
Easter calls us to huddle at the empty tomb and then
to live the difference the resurrection makes for us.