But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.
– Luke 24:1-12
Though it’s not normal to begin a sentence with “But” it seems entirely appropriate in this case because Jesus was dead and buried. “But” His resurrection!
The “they” are the women who followed Jesus, and the “spices” are what they used to make the body suitable for burial. The women would have applied these spices to Jesus’ body at the time of interment on Friday evening, but it was dark and Saturday was the Jewish sabbath – when such activities were not allowed – so they’re here on Sunday to finish the job. Alas though, no body in the tomb!
Angels explained to the women what had happened, but when the women went to tell the apostles only Peter was motivated enough to check out the tomb for himself. This was just the beginning of Jesus’ glorification. If they struggled to believe this, how much more His ascension into heaven and His coming in the kingdom of God!
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for patiently and painstakingly revealing to us Your glorification…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)