John’s account of the resurrection is replete with what can only be described as eyewitness details. Here is a list of some:
- The name of the first person(s) that came to the empty tomb was Mary Magdalene
- Mary came to the tomb while it was still dark
- She saw that the stone that covered the tomb had been taken away
- She ran back to Simon Peter and the “other disciple” [most people think this is John himself]
- Mary’s testimony is that the tomb is empty
- Peter and John go back to the tomb together
- John runs ahead of Peter and reaches the tomb first
- John stoops down and sees the linen cloths lying there, but he does not enter the tomb
- Peter is the first one that actually enters the tomb
- They both see that the linen cloth that covered Jesus is there and the facecloth is separate from the linen cloth folded up in a place by itself.
This is a litany of facts that could only be either from an eyewitness to the events, or someone who had talked to Mary Magdalene, Peter, and the “other disciple.” The specificity of the details is amazing.