Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
This week Mr. Tigchelaar and I had the privilege of speaking at a school assembly with a focus on the resurrection. John’s account of the empty tomb is a compelling and intriguing story. Angels delivering messages, disciples running at top speed to see a mystery, a weeping woman’s grief turns to joy; the story is full to say the least. One curious element to the account is that one of the disciples is said to have seen the empty tomb and believed. We don’t know about the other disciple. It might have taken a little more time for him to wrestle before he too came to understand God’s larger plan. Over the next few days and weeks Jesus would appear to the disciples in various ways, the road to Emmaus, the upper room, individually and corporately. Spectacularly, God met with his people, loved them and cared for them despite their doubts and fear. He does the same today. Hallelujah, what a savior! May this Easter be a time of peace, of hope and of love. Peace to all of you.
David Ward, Elementary Principal