He Is Risen

He is risen! He is not here

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He Is Risen

John 20:2-10 He Is Risen

JOHN 20:2  2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

Matthew 28 and Mark 16 provide additional details on the angel's declaration to Mary and the other women: "He is not here; for He is risen."

Matthew 28:5-8  5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

Mark 16:6-8  6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” 8 So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Did the women believe the angels' claim, "He is risen!" (Mark 16:6)?
As we will see below, not yet.

How does Matthew 28:8 reconcile with Mark 16:8?
Amazement, trembling, "fear" and "great joy" all describe what they felt after what they saw and heard. The only thing they knew for sure at this point was that the body was no longer in the tomb. They didn’t tell or question the people on the street, but ran to tell the disciples.

JOHN 20:3-10  3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. 9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.

Who was "the other disciple" (John 20:3) who outran Peter to the tomb?
John, who wrote this Gospel.

Did he go inside the tomb first?
No, he stopped at the door and "did not go in" (John 20:5) until Peter "went into the tomb." (John 20:6)

What is meant by, "He saw and believed" (John 20:8)?
John believed what Mary had said, that the body of Jesus was gone. At this point, they still didn't believe that Jesus had risen from the dead: "for as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead." (John 20:9)

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