John 20:1–2: Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”


The first day of the week, Sunday, Mary of Magdala and other women came to the tomb. “Mary of Magdala” is a translation of the same Greek words which elsewhere are rendered “Mary Magdalene.” Her devotion to Jesus, living and dead, was based on her gratitude for His delivering her from bondage to Satan. She had been an observer at the cross and now was the first person at the grave. This tomb had been closed with a large rock door and had been sealed by the authority of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. The women were amazed to see an open and apparently empty tomb. They ran and told Peter and the beloved disciple that a terrible thing had occurred. They assumed that grave robbers had desecrated the tomb. 1

Your Word is Truth

“Her devotion to Jesus was based on her gratitude.” What bondage of sin did He delivery you from? How do you express your gratitude to Jesus on a daily basis? Trusting Him instead of worrying would be a great place to begin.

But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” –Matthew 26:63–64

You Alone are God

Be careful, our initial perception is usually based upon feelings and not facts. – TWEET IT

Your Will be Done

Lord, thank You for completing Your mission on earth.


1. Walvoord, John F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary

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Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.