February 16th 2016
Would you stand in the doorway or rush in the tomb like Peter?
And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. (John 20:5-7 KJV)
These verses inspired of God record about both Apostles John and Peter coming to the grave of Jesus Christ. John stopped in the doorway of the grave to peer inside. Peter rushed inside the tomb not even taking a moment to peer around beforehand. It was apparent to both men that strange events had taken place in this tomb. It did not appear as though the grave had been raided by thieves but the body of Jesus Christ’s was missing!
The linen cloths or bandages that had been lovingly wrapped around the bruised and beaten body of Jesus Christ were lying just as if a body was still present within them. They were still formed in the shape of His body, undisturbed and not unwrapped.
Hasty removal of the body by thieves had not occurred.
Secondly, the napkin which covered His head was laid separate from the linen cloths which covered the body. The custom of Jews in burial of bodies was to keep the head of the dead covered. The napkin lying about on the floor was out of step with this tradition or custom.
This scene must have raised many questions in the mind of both apostles as they began to wonder and come to an understanding that indeed something supernatural had taken place in the tomb.
The words spoken by Jesus Christ in the final days and hours before His death they did not understand at the time must have replayed over and over in their minds with the occurrence of these strange events.