3 Then Peter and the other disciple went out and they came to the tomb.
4 Now the two ran together, but the other disciple, being quicker, outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
5 And stooping down he saw the linen bandages laying there, however, he did not go in.
John, along with the other gospel writers, tells us that it was early in the morning when the women arrived at the tomb. This was probably between 5 and 6 am, since it was still dark.
Only John mentions just one of the women, Mary Magdalene. From the other gospels we learn that there was more than one. Matthew mentions the ‘other Mary’. Mark states that it was Mary Magdalene, and Salome, and Mary the mother of James who went to the tomb. Luke records that there was a group of women: Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the rest of the women.
From all the gospels we can see that Mary Magdalene was quite prominent. This is not surprising, since she had had seven demons cast out of her by Jesus. This was something for which she would have been extremely thankful. Jesus had changed her life, He had transformed her existence.
That John does not mention the other women does not mean that they were not there. Rather it points to the fact that Mary Magdalene was the important instigator in the task of a further anointing of the body of Jesus.
It is suggested that she had run on ahead of the other women, and then that she ran back to the disciples with the news that Jesus was not in the tomb.
We can only imagine the thoughts that would have been going through her mind. For her the crucifixion of her Lord was dreadful; she had followed Him to the cross, dreading His every pain-filled step; and she had watched His agony as He was nailed to the cross. Finally, she had watched Him die the most painful of deaths. How must she have felt when she discovered Her Master’s body appeared to have been stolen?
There will be times for us all when God leads us into situation which seem like a blind tunnel to us. There will be circumstances when it appears that things can’t get any worse, and our logical minds go in to overdrive, leading us to imagine the worst.
In such times let us also be ready to remove the darkness and bring the light of Jesus to shine in our life in a way we may not be able to imagine.