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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

Did you know that Mary–Magdalane and Mary the mother of Joseph–watched Jesus’ body being place in the tomb, and they saw the stone being rolled into place:

Matthew 27:59-61 Joseph took [Jesus’] body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.

Small wonder, then, that Mary Magdalene (with a different Mary) was amazed to find the stone rolled away:

Mark 16:1-4Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

They’d seen it put there. There was no question in their minds that Jesus was dead, buried and … well, dead.

Finding Him alive was not what they’d expected.

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