3 - The disciples run to the empty tomb

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia.


Bible reading – John 20:3-8

Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.



There is great urgency.  The disciples race to the tomb to see what Mary has been talking about.  It is the small details that make them think.  All is not straightforward.  The linen cloths, used to wrap Jesus’ body, have been left behind.  What is more they have not been abandoned, but are rolled up.  Someone has been careful and that does not look like the work of grave robbers or mischief-makers.  This is enough for John to believe; a remarkable act of faith, even a leap of faith.  Peter takes longer to come round to this view.  He needs to think it through a bit first.


Risen Lord,

the sight of your grave clothes

was enough to convince your disciple.

Forgive the slowness of our faith

and our doubting of your power.  Amen.



            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.