Hidden, But Not Forgotten (Resurrection of Jesus)

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.” John 20:6–7

In my previous post, I explained about the significance of Jesus fulfilling the Passover Seder, and how the Matzah, or the “aphkiomen” was hidden for the children to find. When Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week, after the Passover, He left his linen cloths for the disciples to find (just like the Matzah hidden in linen cloth).

The tomb was open not to let Jesus’ body out but to let the disciples and the world see that He rose.1″

There is great implication here that Jesus rose through the linen cloths, because to pull away the burial dressings would have caused damage to them, thus  being unable to fold them. If  someone removed them by hand, they would leave an imprint of the body.

It is a Jewish custom to fold a napkin and leave it on the table after a meal, announcing that they would return to their home again, because they enjoyed the meal and fellowship. When Jesus folded the head dressing/napkin and left it on the table were His body had been laid, He was saying that He would return to fellowship again.

Are you in want of fellowship with Jesus today?  He proved His love for you by hanging on a cross (for your sins) and then raising from the grave (to show that death
cannot hold you to your sins, but rather believing in Him you will be raised to glory also). He is inviting you on this Easter Sunday to come, sit and dine with Him.

“…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9–10

1Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Jn 20:3–9). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.


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