Neatly Folded

I love this depiction of the empty tomb.  So many have the grave clothes strewn about haphazardly. But we know:

6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7andthe face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. (John 20:6,7)

Have you ever thought about it?  God is a God of order.  Perfect order.  Consider our solar system, metamorphosis, the birth of a baby…evidence of it is everywhere.  There was nothing haphazard or frantic about the resurrection.  Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection were foretold throughout the entirety of scripture, not just the gospel accounts.  This is the plan of redemption.  Thought through.  Mapped out.  When Christ said, “It is finished!” He was exclaiming that the plan had been completed!  The finality of it is further suggested by folded grave clothes.  No longer needed.  Laid calmly aside. That portion of the redemptive journey of His life had been completed.  Do you get it?

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:54-57)

Exciting to think about.

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