And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
Just as a man who has travelled in the dark, looks back at break of day from some lofty eminence on the way that he has gone, and admires the beauty and magnificence of objects that he passed, aware only of their existence and not their claims, or even deeming them objects of fear and not of delight, so the disciples, when enlightened from above, recalled the scenes and events of their Master's life, and rejoiced in much which at the time they had not understood. Thus was it especially with the death and departure of Christ. They were to His followers like the fabled statue of Memnon, which sent forth sounds, mournful in the night, but melodious at the rising of the sun - when God's morning light arose, how sweet the notes those facts, once only sad, emitted.
(A. J. Morris.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.