August 18, 2018: SOAP #3180:  Jeremiah 26, 35-36; John 20 Scripture:  John (NIV) 20:3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did […]

August 18, 2018: SOAP #3180:  Jeremiah 26, 35-36; John 20

Scripture:  John (NIV) 20:3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.

Observation:    They did not see Jesus, but what they saw caused them to believe.   What did they see?   The strip of linen laying on the place where Jesus' body had been.   What was so interesting about the strips of linen?   In the previous chapter we read: 'Taking Jesus' body, the two of them [Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus] wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.' John 19:40

The strips of linen that held the 75 pounds (John 19:39) of spices next to the dead body were still in place.   They were still wrapped around the spices, but the body was missing.

The empty grave clothes were proof that the body had not been stolen, but Jesus had risen!   The body was missing!

Application:   Sometimes the greatest testimony is what is missing.   When we become born again, and the old man is dead, and a new life is on the inside, the things that are missing are evidence of what has happened.   Some old habits are missing.   Some words are missing from our vocabulary.   Hot tempers, and impatience often disappear.

Prayer:      Holy Spirit, remove from my life anything that hinders people from seeing Jesus living in me.   May Jesus be easily seen in my life.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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