In the early hours of the first day of the week the women who had stood at the cross and “wondered” are still “wondering” at what has occurred. As they walk to the tomb where they had seen their Master lain they “wonder” again at who will roll the stone away. When Lazarus had died, Martha reminded Jesus that it was four days and he “stinketh.” Did these women not “wonder” if their blessed Master also even after three days “stinketh”? Had they not stayed to see Nicodemus wrap Him with the 70 lbs of spices? BUT, they are undeterred in their quest to honor the Christ. And so as they continue to “wonder” they come upon the tomb with its entrance not closed but open and a young man dressed in a white robe. Again they “wonder” as he reminds of that which they had dismissed or forgotten: “But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” [Mk 14] The young man tells them that the one they look for is no longer there, he is risen and again they “wonder” and so it is that as if he notices their bewilderment and so says if you don’t believe my words come and see just like Jesus had said ‘if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves.’
Beloved, no longer “wonder” but believe. The crucified Christ is no longer on the cross, He is not in the tomb, “He has been raised!” Look at where he was and believe.