I know it is a few days after Easter, but writing about the resurrection of Jesus is always in season. I have been considering the life and death of Christ in a new way over the past few months that have allowed me to see it with more depth, and perhaps more simplicity, to realize how much we complicate things: or that we just complicate life. That the world is crafted in a complex, rugged simplicity that can be found as much in a strand of DNA, or simply the sunlight through trees and flowers that are opening their smiles to the world.
One thing that caught my attention as I sat in the Lord’s Supper and thought over His words in my heart is how deliberate He was about everything after His resurrection. We have a lot of information on how He taught before He died, but after He was raised it seems that all His teaching was to the heart and not only the mind. People saw Him, but did not always recognize Him: like the two on the road to Emmaus. This could be that He hid His identity, or maybe we just need to consider the fact that this man who had been tortured and brutally murdered, had gone through hell, may not have looked the same as He had a year before. At any rate, I caught this verse and I admit, I fell in love with it…
John 20:7 – … and the face cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up by itself.
Jesus would have been wrapped in about nine yards of wide cloth for His body kinda like a cloak, but the face carefully wrapped with a narrow wrapping. I don’t know what it was like when Jesus’ body reanimated with life: if He just sat up and stretched or what, but He took time to unwrap His face and roll (some translations read “fold”) the face cloth… ha, what the heck? I love it!
Please put everything back in its place when you rise from the dead, thank you – Management
Other points that came to mind was the fact that being dead three days feels completely arbitrary in light of eternity. But look back at the Passover Lamb, which was looked over for three days and on the fourth day killed. Jesus was that: but dead three days to be tested for fault, and life comes through His resurrection and so He was alive on the fourth.
Some things. Think on them. More for later.
I have a baby cow to go teach to go on runs with me. That’s right.