angels, betray, betrayal, denial, empty tomb, Jesus, Messiah prophecy, Peter, tomb
Nicodemus and Joseph put Jesus’ body in a tomb and then it’s sealed, but two days later, the women find it empty, tell the other disciples, who confirm their discovery, Jesus appears to some of the women and send everyone to Galilee to wait for Him: Mark 15:42–47; Matthew 27:57–61; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42; Matthew 27:62–66; Mark 16:1–8; Matthew 28:1–7; Luke 24:1–12; Mark 16:9–13; John 20:1–18; Matthew 28:8–15
They’d prepared everything they needed to give Jesus a proper burial. Now the Sabbath had ended and they could finish the job.
But there was no body, just an empty tomb and one or two angels, who told the women:
Matthew 28:5-7 Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.
The disciples had trouble believing the women, so they looked for themselves and still had trouble believing it. What was going through Peter’s mind: he had denied even knowing Jesus only days earlier.
(We all know Jesus almost certainly didn’t have blue eyes, but the song captures well what Peter and the other disciples must have been going through.)