The Not So Empty Tomb
by Jim Hughes
Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side. - John 20:3-8
It has always intrigued me when I think about the linen cloths Jesus left behind in the tomb. I believe that they were left there as a witness for His disciples. Notice that the cloth that covered Jesus’ head was lying there folded up. Whether Jesus folded it up or the angels doesn’t really matter. The message was very clear, Jesus rose from the grave and in essence His bed was made when He got up. Even though the Scriptures do not say anything about it, there must have been as well scattered on the floor the 75 pounds of burial spices they put His body in when they wrapped Him in his burial cloths. However, it would not surprise me if it had been swept up in a neat little pile as well.
God had planned the death and resurrection of Jesus before the foundation of the world was laid. Everything had gone exactly as He had planned. Jesus knew that His death on the cross was temporary, that He would rise from the grave three days later. He absolutely had to die, but He also absolutely had to rise from the grave. Without the resurrection His death would be meaningless.
Peter and John were the first disciples to see evidence of Jesus’ resurrection; they saw and knew that it had happened! Jesus appeared to the rest of the disciples numerous times so that they too would have no doubt about it. Paul tells us that there were over 500 people who bore witness of His resurrection before He went back to heaven to stay.
Yes indeed, Jesus is alive!! He opened up the door to heaven for all who would believe. Jesus did exactly what He said He would do and today He lives in the heart of all who believe. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 3rd Sunday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.