Sunday, April 24, 2011
An Easter Tidbit
On the day of Jesus' resurrection, his disciples were told by Mary Magdalene that Jesus' tomb was empty. She believed that someone had taken him out of the tomb. So, Peter and John "were running together (towards the tomb) but the other disciple (John) outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simone Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself." John 20:4-7. What is the significance of the folded linen? According to numerous scholars, during a Jewish banquet, the master would wad up his napkin and put it on the plate when he was finished with his meal. This signified to his servants that he was finished and they could take his plate. If he was leaving, but coming back, he folded the napkin which signaled to his servant that he would be returning. So, when John and Peter saw the folded linen, they realized that Jesus, their master, was letting them know that he WOULD BE returning! What does Easter have to do with weddings? When Jesus does return, all those who have believed and called on his name will be participating in a wedding feast like never before seen. It's going to be the party of all parties! Revelation 19:6-8 "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns! Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure" I pray you will enjoy the most glorious celebration in history: the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.