But they (the 11 remaining apostles) did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. (Luke 24:11-12)
None of the apostles, including John, were witness to taking Jesus down from the cross and burying him. The only followers who knew he was truly dead were the group of women and Joseph of Arimathea. Only the women experienced the earthquake and saw the angels who reminded them that Jesus was to rise on the third day. This was a traumatic spiritual experience they witnessed, and they ran off to tell the apostles. Spiritual experiences we have seem like nonsense to others who haven’t experienced it. We can’t expect them to know what God is capable of, and how he loves us individually. Even the apostles didn’t believe the women.
What matters to nonbelievers is the facts, not our feelings and stories. The fact is the apostles don’t believe at this point in time that Jesus’ resurrection is even a possibility. They wouldn’t have thought to make up the story. Some nonbelievers and Jews believe that Jesus’ resurrection was made up by the apostles, but written history shows that isn’t true. They need to see the facts for themselves, so Peter, the boldest and most outspoken of the apostles ran to the tomb to see for himself.
Another theory of nonbelievers and Jews is that someone stole Jesus’ body from the tomb. But now Peter and the women have seen the strips of linen at the tomb. With guards present, perhaps asleep, one stealing His body wouldn’t have taken the time to remove the linen.
Dearest Father in heaven, thank you for providing facts of Jesus’ resurrection, so we know it’s not fiction. Thank you also for the supernatural story of the angels. Some day do the supernatural to show me your love as you did for the women who followed You to the cross and witnessed Your burial. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.