Today’s meditation is from Max Lucado’s book , On Calvary’s Hill (pages 101-104)
The Empty Grave
Scripture – John 20:1-10
Very early on Sunday morning Peter and John were given the news: “Jesus’ body is missing!” Instantly the two disciples hurried to the sepulcher, John outrunning Peter and arriving first. What he saw so stunned him he froze at the entrance.
What did he see? “Strips of linen cloth.” The original Greek provides helpful insight here. John employs a term that means “rolled up,” “still in their folds.” These burial wraps had not been ripped off and thrown down.
The linens were undisturbed. The grave clothes were still rolled and folded.
How could this be?
If friends or foes had removed the body, would they not have taken the clothes with it? If not, if for some reason friends or foes had unwrapped the body, would they have been so careful as to dispose of the clothing in such an orderly fashion? Of course not!
But if neither friend nor foe took the body, who did?
This was John’s question, and this question led to John’s discovery. “He saw and believed” (John 20:8).
Through the rags of death, John saw the power of life. Odd, don’t you think, that God would use something as sad as a burial wrap to change a life?
But God is given to such practices:
In his hand, empty wine jugs at a wedding become a symbol of power.
A crude manger in Bethlehem is his symbol of devotion.
And a tool of death is a symbol of his love.
Gracious God, I would love to have seen the look on John’s face at the moment when the light went on and he believed that Jesus was alive. Refresh my faith with the same sense of wonder and surprise. You are alive. I believe! In Jesus’ name, amen
Imagine if you had the honour of arriving at the tomb, either with Mary Magdalene or John and Peter, what is going through your mind and heart as you see that empty tomb?