Just Skimming or Digging In?
Most of us get into the word every day. But are we really “digging in” or just rushing through to fulfill our “obligation”? John 20:1-10
The stone is gone and the tomb is viewed. As the scripture tells us, the linen cloths were lying there without the body of Christ. But what exactly does the original Greek actually say?
After Jesus died on the cross, Joseph of Arimathea took His body & with the help of Nicodemus, prepared it for burial wrapping it in clean linen cloth. A large single piece of linen cloth was wrapped around the body while another smaller piece, (Greek-soudarion) handkerchief was placed over his face and wrapped around his head. The word wrapped, is from the Greek “entulisso”, meaning to entwine, roll or coil around and around. (see also Matt. 27:59 & Luke 23:53–wrapped)
When Jesus was prepared for burial, He was wrapped in a burial cloth along with the wrapping of his head in the “handkerchief”. These same words are used when describing Lazarus “grave cloths” and their “wrapping”. (John 11:44 “loose him from his “wrappings”-Lazarus) When Mary and the others looked in the tomb, they found the grave cloths lying separate as they would have been placed on Jesus and “entulisso”-wrapped or coiled-as they would have been on Christ. This gives an amazing picture that Christ had truly risen right through the grave cloths and through the tomb—just as He said he would.
Grave robbers, as some would argue, would never have taken the time to unwrap the body and lay the cloths in a way that would appear that He had risen, they would have taken the entire body and wrappings.
Jesus spiritual/physical resurrection was much different than that of Lazarus who came from the tomb, raised from death fully wrapped in his grave cloths and needed help getting out of them.
Understanding that Jesus had been wrapped in two separate cloths as the bible tells us and that they were wrapped around Him at His burial and then described the same way as they were found in the empty grave, gives us an even more amazing vision of Christ’s resurrection and the tomb. It also gives us a much more intelligent position to speak from when we defend the gospel and explain it to others.
39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
This is an amazing amount of burial ointments and would have made it almost impossible to “unwrap” as they would have started to dry and form a burial “cocoon”. To find the cloths in the tomb “coiled/wrapped” as they were during burial again points to Jesus supernatural resurrection.
So, are you mining for gold or just skipping along the surface? – Steve Schmidt is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and blogs weekly for Freedom Fighter
Think About This: As for those who say that this spiritual joy is the result only of the thoughts of the heart, they are like a foolish man who was blind from his birth, and who in the winter time used to sit out in the sunshine to warm himself. When they asked him what he thought of the sun’s heat he stoutly denied that there was such a thing as the sun, and said, “This warmth which I am now feeling on the outside comes from within my own body, and is nothing more than the powerful effort of my own thoughts. This is utter nonsense that people tell me about something like a big ball of fire hanging up in the sky.” Take heed, therefore, lest anyone captures you “with philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men and after the rudiments of the world. Sadhu Sundar Singh
Verses to Memorize: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25 ESV