Blessed… The Evidence

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it. Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you.”

With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. But Jesus met them and greeted them. They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee. They will see me there” (Matthew 28:1-10, Common English Bible).

Imagine, if you will, your alarm doesn’t go off. Or, if it does you keep hitting snooze. Now you are running late. You run into the bathroom to grab a quick shower. You get out of the shower, dry and dress and run to the kitchen to grab something to eat in the car on the way. You start making your way walking to the door. As your hand grabs the handle you remember, you forgot to make the bed. If you go on out the door, you might make it to work on time, maybe. If you go back to the bedroom and make the bed you will be late. What do you do?

I will admit, I am not the right person to ask this question. 90 percent of the time I don’t make the bed regardless of whether or not I am late for work. It is a cross Cindy must bear. The last time my bed was consistently made by me was when I was in the Navy. These days, pulling the cover back up to the pillows is about as good as it gets.

So what is the point of all this? A few days ago I talked about Joseph of Arimathea wrapping Jesus’ body in a new sheet and placing it in a new tomb. The new part I already talked about. Why was it so important for Matthew to tell us Joseph wrapped Jesus’ body in a cloth, regardless of whether it was new or old?

People in a hurry don’t go back and make up the bed. At least most of us wouldn’t. My wife is one of the exceptions. Cindy will always make the bed unless I am still in it. But most of us, regardless of whether we would make the bed under ordinary circumstances, if we are in a real hurry, we will leave that bed unmade. People in a hurry don’t take the time to tidy up!

In truth, Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not say anything about the cloth being neatly folded, but John does. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place” (John 20:6-7). John takes the time to tell us a seemingly trivial detail.

It isn’t trivial. These clothes prove Jesus’ body was not stolen. While someone who has just robbed someone might not run to better blend in and be less conspicuous. But, they probably are not going to take the time to wash the dishes for the person they are robbing either. People in a hurry are not going to take the time to clean!

It sure makes me glad Jesus wanted things to be neat. “Lord, I need to be better about that.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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