John and Simon Peter race to the tomb — and while Christ is not there, it is not empty! What Jesus leaves behind is a powerful statement about the power of Christ’s atonement on the Cross.
Jesus as the Great High Priest
The linen garments in which Jesus was wrapped speak of His work as Great High Priest on the Great Day of Atonement. They were left behind “in a holy place” (Leviticus 16:23) when His work was finished, and He assumed his glorified body. The fact that the place of the linen garments was a holy place explains why John would not enter the tomb before Peter, for he saw the garments in the tomb (John 20:5).