'Then came Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher and saw the linen cloths as they lay and the napkin that had been about His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but wrapped together in a place by itself'
John 20:6, 7.
He was not there. He has risen. They searched for Him but in vain. The grave cloth folded itself into a corner. The empty tomb is one of the evidences that the Lord resurrected. The gravecloth is among the evidences. The gravecloth carries the evidence that the Master lied in it. He was wrapped in it no doubt. He was buried with it. But He rose without the graveclothes.
It is significant that the graveclothes were left behind. This put paid to any kind of conjecture including but not limited to the lie told that his disciples stole His body. Its former occupant was translated to heaven to a place of splendour, grandeur, candour and authority. He was covered with graveclothes but now He is clothed in white raiment with all the sparkling beauty and majesty of the Kingdom.
These graveclothes as examined by Peter and John was proof enough of the resurrected Saviour. For you see the gravecloth was soiled and stained not just by the blood that oozed from His side, hands, and feet but also from the spices the women used for His burial. Friend, no grave cloth was able to contain Him. He conquered.
When Lazarus was brought back to life, his gravecloth impeded his movement. Jesus had to intervene in his situation by declaring: 'Loose that man and let him go'. But for Jesus, because He is God alone, no grave cloth was able to rein Him in.
The evidence of His resurrection may not have survived time. But what Peter held in his hand made quite an impression on his heart and what they testified is a living witness to the truth of His resurrection. Little wonder then John wrote: that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life... That which we have seen and heard we declare to you that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ' (1 John 1: 1, 3). Do you have any fellowship with Him? If not, why not?
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