Jesus had been buried in a rush with the Sabbath fast approaching and therefore his body hadn’t been fully prepared as per the custom. After they had seen Jesus laid in the tomb they had returned to prepared the spices (Luke 23:55-56). Now with the Sabbath over the women came with spices and ointments to clean and anoint his body and herbs to wrap amongst the grave clothes. Yet it still didn’t happen for Christ had risen from the dead, there was no body to anoint. They must have been stunned by the sight that greeted them, there was fear and then the rush back. Just what happened to those herbs? Well I imagine they would have been dropped, dropped in the shock, dropped in the fear, dropped in the urgency to tell the disciples something had happened. Dropped and left there in the garden.
We often come to God with our own ideas and expectations and God surprises us with something totally different, how many other things have been left at that empty tomb? Things that we brought with us thinking they were needed only to discover that they weren’t, not only at that particular time, but that they would never be needed. How often have we come to God expecting one thing and discovering something totally different, totally unexpected?
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.