- ** * * *THE GRAVECLOTHES - CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF RESURRECTION * * by Russell S. Miller* * * * When Peter and John had come to the sepulchre, John outranMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 31 10:34 PMView Source
THE GRAVECLOTHES - CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF RESURRECTION
by Russell S. Miller
When Peter and John had come to the sepulchre, John outran Peter, but Peter rushed immediately into the tomb upon his arrival, “…and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about His head…. They went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew NOT the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead” (John 20:6-9).
But what was it that “he saw”? What had they seen in that sepulchre? It must have been some very convincing evidence! What was this evidence in that tomb that caused them to believe apart from the Scriptures? And what exactly was it that they had believed?
The napkin, or handkerchief, a head-dress, “that [had been] about His head, [was] not lying with the linen clothes, but [was rather] wrapped together in a place by itself” (John 20:7).
When the Lord raised Lazarus from the dead, he “came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: AND HIS FACE WAS BOUND ABOUT WITH A NAPKIN” and Jesus told the Jews, and Mary and Martha,“Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44). The Greek word here, “luo," to loose, unbind, release, is used by Christ. So they took the graveclothes from off Lazarus, and unbound him, allowing him to go free.
The evidence in Joseph’s tomb was remarkable. When Christ arose from the dead the head-dress or napkin and the linen clothes remained just as He lay in them, undisturbed. This is more than remarkable, rare, or extraordinary, it was most astonishing and miraculous evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Clearly He was not there, and that no “gardener” had taken Him away was also so obviously evident. That the grave could not hold Him is manifest proof that He possessed “the Spirit of holiness” (Rom.1:4; Heb.7:26). There was no sin in Him to hold Him in the grave—NOT a chance! The angel rolled the stone away from the door that the disciples, and the women, might see the empty tomb. Indeed, the Lord had already come forth, and He came through that solid stone door much as He had done, “where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,” in John 20:19.
“He is not here, but is risen; remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee” (Luke 24:6).
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