Unremitting Joy – 14

In John’s account of that first Easter morning Mary after discovering the stone has been rolled away goes and gets Peter and the other disciple (John himself).  They run to the tomb and discover the grave clothes and then simply return home.

The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

John 20:4-7

When Lazarus was raised from the dead he was still restrained by his grave clothes.  Jesus’ resurrection however is different nothing can bind him, not death and certainly not strips of linen cloth.   What strikes me about John’s account is the apostles response.

Then the disciples returned to their homes.

John 20:10

How like Peter and John we can be, rather than exploring the new wonders that lie before us the new possibilities which are on offer. we choose to return to the comfortable which is home.  The familiar which doesn’t challenge us and the way we thought things were and always should be.

Grave Clothes


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