On that first Easter Sunday the disciples were not the first to find that Jesus was out of the tomb after his death and burial. Women went to finish the job of wrapping the body with linen and inserting the rest of the burial spices in the wrappings. They found the stone rolled away, which solved one of their problems, and that Jesus’ body was not in the tomb (which was a huge problem). The immediate report back to the disciples went unheeded at first, for it seemed unbelievable. Two disciples went to the tomb and found it as it had been reported to them. One of the disciples, Peter, was left wondering according to the account. The disciples now had the problem of a missing body.

They were not the only ones with the problem of an empty tomb. Roman guards, with the duty to perform their assignment to the death, had been sent to watch the tomb and make sure that followers of Jesus would not take the body.  That dead body was not going to be easy to move. It had been wrapped with about 75 pounds of burial spices in the linen wrappings. With the disciples dispersed and hiding in locked rooms, afraid for their lives, there was really no threat to the soldiers of a theft.

When the disciples checking out the report of the empty tomb came, they found the linen strips in the tomb but no soldiers. Later some of the Roman soldiers went to the Jewish leaders to report how the stone was rolled away (but not by the followers of Jesus). The Jewish leaders had a problem with the empty tomb. During that early part of the morning the empty tomb was a problem for many.

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