Do you check things out or just accept all the stories on the internet at face value? I would check things out more, but there is so much crazy stuff being peddled from every possible viewpoint that it would take all my time just to track down the facts! So I try not to read them. But I do wish people wouldn’t send me the same story that went around 3 months ago and wasn’t true then either. When we hear crazy, unbelievable things, outrageous things, we should check it out before we get caught up in the hype. Peter and John checked it out when they heard something unbelievable from a friend.
So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.
(John 20:3-10 ESV)
Mary went while it was still dark, and goes to get Peter and John when she finds the tomb is empty, so it’s early. I don’t know what the disciples thought they were going to do that day, but it all changed when Mary came in asking what happened to the body of Jesus! Peter and John run to the tomb, and as each one arrives, he goes to the entrance and looks in to see the burial cloths lying where the body had been and the head cloth folded by itself but no corpse. Peter goes in to take a closer look, John follows him in, then they leave. John doesn’t tell us what Peter was thinking, but he does share what he was thinking: he saw and believed but they didn’t understand the Scriptures yet about Jesus having to rise from the dead. Seeing isn’t believing, and sometimes what we do see requires us to believe what we can’t see. They didn’t see the body, and they didn’t see a risen Jesus and they still didn’t understand how it all worked out, but John believed. Then they went home. Sometimes our desire to see and know, our need to prove our thinking is right can get in the way of trusting God to be faithful in carrying out his will. John didn’t get it but he believed. It sounds as though John could not have explained it to anyone else, but he believed. Sometimes that’s just what you have to do.
Lord I believe, and often I don’t understand; help me trust you more, obey you more fully, follow you more closely each day.