Message from Jesus – John 20: 1-10

John 20:1-10

[1] The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

[2] Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

[3] Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

[4] So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

[5] And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

[6] Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

[7] And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

[8] Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

[9] For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

[10] Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

We know from the other Gospels that Mary Magdalene (and others), went to the tomb early on Sunday morning. They wanted to do the job of embalming that they had not be able to do on Friday evening because Sabbath came at dawn and lasted until Sunday at sunrise.

The stone was NOT rolled away for Jesus to leave the tomb, but for the women and then the disciples to see the tomb empty. Another reason was probably so the guards at the tomb would see God’s mighty power.

Mary ran back to tell the disciples the tomb was empty. It is important for us to see that Peter was with the other disciples. He went quickly to the tomb with John. Perhaps he went right into the tomb (John had not) because Peter knew he had denied Jesus, and he was willing to face any consequences that may come along.

Verse 8 is area scholars disagree on.

Did John look into the tomb and see the bandages, looking as though Jesus’ body was still wrapped inside them? Some say it wasn’t until John actually went in and saw Jesus’ body was not there that John believed that Jesus was gone, (stolen).

Others say that when John went in and found the body missing, he believed that Jesus had risen.

Until that moment, the men had not understood the scripture was speaking of Jesus, but when they saw Jesus was gone, then they believed. (I agree with this one).

An interesting fact is that at some point, rather quickly, they believed that Jesus had been resurrected. Why? Because the Bible does not say that they went searching for him. They didn’t have to search for him, they KNEW he had risen.

If robbers had come to steal Jesus’ body, they would have been in a hurry. They would have grabbed hold of the cloth and tried to leave quickly before they were spotted. The cloths would actually have helped to move him. They wouldn’t have had time to unwrap him and place the cloths on the stone again with the appearance that Jesus’ body was still there.

Why would the cloth linen and face cloth convince them that Jesus was alive rather than just being stolen?

It was a sign left by Jesus. In resurrection, Jesus didn’t have to disturb the cloths! He left them right where they had been while surrounding his body.

Vs 7 tells us that Jesus took the face cover, rolled it and lay it separately so they would believe.

What would have been the purpose to fold the face cloth and lay it separately from the others? In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, “I’m finished.”But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because……….

The folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back.”

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