Linens and Things
“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.”
Of all the things described in the Easter account, this is a particularly interesting one. They could have just said the Jesus wasn’t in the tomb or that all they saw were the linen cloths and shroud (face cloth), but they describe in such detail that the linens and shroud were folded and laid separately.
So, why is that detail included?
Jesus tomb was blocked by a stone and guarded by Roman guards. If someone was going to try to steal the body of Jesus, they most likely would have taken the body in it’s burial clothes for the sake of cleanliness, both physical and spiritual. If, for some reason they took the body out of the burial clothes, they would have probably discarded them hastily as they made their escape. With Jesus’ resurrection, His burial linens were still there as was the face cloth and they were folded neatly showing no signs of haste.
This detail is just one more part of the account that shows us the miracle of Christ’s resurrection and helps us, as we read the account, to be able see it even more vividly in our mind, see the empty tomb, and believe; just as the disciples saw the empty tomb and believed.
He is risen!