On the third day, the friends of Jesus came at daybreak to the place where He had been laid. To their suprise, they found the grave empty and the stone rolled away.
…on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb.. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:1-3)
To some extent, writes G. K Chesterton, these faithful women were beginning to realise the wonder of Christ.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). (John 20:15-16)
Jesus had died in the night, but now He was alive. But that was not all. As Mary was beginning to understand, the old world had also died in the night.
What Mary was looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth. Here, in the garden, Mary did not find herself talking to a serpent, but to a New Man, a gardener.
And God was once again walking in the cool, not of the evening, but of the dawn.
So it is with all who walk with Jesus. They live and walk as citizens, not of the old world but of the new.