|Title: The Case of the Empty
Theme: The resurrection of Jesus. Easter
Object: A mystery novel which you can find at the
Scripture: Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I
have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
John 20:18 (NIV)
Do you like
mystery stories? When I was a kid, I loved to read mystery books. My favorites
were the Hardy Boys and Nancy
Drew. I especially liked “The Mystery of the Flying Express” and “The Yellow Feather Mystery.” Kids
today might prefer some of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen mystery books such “The Case
of the Cheerleading Camp Mystery” or “The Case of the Weird Science
Today we are going to hear the most exciting mystery story ever
told. I call it “The Case of the Empty Tomb.”
The story begins very
early in the morning on the first day of the week. Jesus had just been
crucified and buried. Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ followers, went to the tomb
where Jesus was buried. When she got there, she saw that the stone had been
rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Peter and John and said to
them, “They have taken the Lord’s body from the tomb and I don’t know where they
have put him.”
Peter and John raced to the tomb. John got there first.
He looked in the tomb and saw the linen wrappings lying there. Then Peter
arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linens that John had seen lying
there. As he investigated further, he saw the cloth that had covered Jesus’
head was also folded and lying apart from the other wrappings. After Peter
looked around for a few minutes, John joined him inside. When they were sure
that the tomb was empty, they left and went home.
Mary stood outside the
tomb crying. As she wept, she looked inside the tomb and saw two angels sitting
there. One of them was sitting at the head and the other at the foot where the
body of Jesus had been lying. “Why are you crying?” the angels
“Because they have taken my Lord and I don’t know where they have
put him,” she answered.
Then Mary turned and was about to leave when she
saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.
“Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her.
Mary, thinking that he was
a gardener said, “Sir, if you have taken my master away, tell me where he is so
that I can go to him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
When Jesus spoke her
name, Mary knew who he was. She turned to him and cried out,
“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I have not yet ascended
to my Father. “Go and tell my brothers that you have seen me and that I am
going to return to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.”
found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord.” Then she gave them
the message that Jesus had told her to tell them.
And that solves “The
Case of the Empty Tomb.” The tomb is empty because Jesus is not dead, he is
alive! He is risen just as he said!
Heavenly Father, the empty tomb is
no mystery to us. He is risen! We rejoice in his name.