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On the original Easter Sunday, the tomb of Jesus was empty. The disciple “whom Jesus loved”, who is usually attributed to be St. John, entered the empty tomb and saw Jesus’ burial cloths. “He saw and believed,” according to the Gospel bearing his name, John 20:2.

The belief of John in what he saw suggests that Jesus had risen from the dead, but not risen to an ordinary earthly life. John remembered the Lord’s raising of Lazarus from the dead. An important detail to contrast is that Lazarus came from his tomb wrapped in his burial cloths, and Jesus had said to untie him.

Also, the witness of John points to the lack of a criminal scene. People with nefarious intent as grave thieves would have left behind evidence of their roughhousing. John did not see such evidence.

The empty tomb of itself is not a direct proof that Jesus rose from the dead. But the discovery of the empty tomb was the first step in an emotionally-jolting day for the disciples of Christ.

With wonder and awe, we seek by the empty tomb to be jolted into greater (or initial) belief in the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Happy Easter season!

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