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Peter and John visit the empty grave 1

John 20:6-7

6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 
7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

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John 20:1-10
1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 
2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 
4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 
5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 
6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 
7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 
8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 
9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 
10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

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Peter and John run to the grave, after Mary Magdalene had told the disciples that the grave in which Jesus had been laid was empty. John arrives first, but Peter enters the grave first. The silent witnesses of the resurrection are the clothes, in which Jesus was wrapped before He was buried. John ‘saw and believed’. Peter remains uncertain about what might have happened. For the spectator of the painting it may feel like being there. I painted it as a visual report of the historic event, to emphasize the fact that the resurrection of Jesus is historic; it happened in real time and space! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1Cor. 15:55)

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