"He has risen!"

"He has risen!"

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Over the final sprint one outran the other and arrived on the scene first. Stopping, he stooped down and looked into the space and noticed the linen cloths that had once wrapped a body. Astounded, he didn't immediately enter.

His friend, not hesitating, tucked his head and went inside. He also saw the same linen cloths, with a separate piece lying nearby. He too was stunned.

Then the other joined him inside. Staring at the empty, rock-carved room, they came to realize something beyond human belief had occurred.

These two men, Peter and John, were standing in the empty tomb where a little more than three days and nights earlier the dead body of their Master and Teacher, Jesus of Nazareth, had been placed (see John 20:1-10 John 20:1-10 [1] The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulcher, and sees the stone taken away from the sepulcher. [2] Then she runs, and comes to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. [3] Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. [4] So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. [5] And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. [6] Then comes Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and sees the linen clothes lie, [7] And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. [8] Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. [9] For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. [10] Then the disciples went away again to their own home.
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They had come to an empty tomb and, on soon discovering what this meant, their lives were transformed. Jesus was not there. He had risen from the dead.

Everything had changed.

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