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March 27, 2016

NAPKIN FOUND NEATLY FOLDED AND PLACED

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

“And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself” (John 20:7)

A very interesting point to note in the resurrection details mentioned in John Chapter 20is that the napkin that was wrapped around the body of Lord Jesus was not along with the linen clothes. In the case of Lazarus, who was raised by Lord Jesus the napkin was found wrapped around his face even after he was raised until he was unbound of all the linen wrapping (cf. John 11:44)

“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go”. (John 11:44)

In John 20:7 we see the napkin was not along with linen but it was found in a place by itself. Then John also went into the sepulcher and saw and believed they Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Surprisingly, even though they were disciple of Lord Jesus Christ they did not know that there was scripture saying that he must rise again from the dead. There were two scriptures according to which Lord Jesus Christ should rise from the dead.

“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory” (Luke 24:26)

“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day” (Luke 24:46)

“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day” (Luke 24:46)

It is interesting that the Peter and John disciples of Lord Jesus Christ did not take it serious that there was scripture saying that He will rise again. Mary Magdalene did not recognize Lord Jesus Christ until He called her by name.

The narration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is marvelously described in John Chapter 20.

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the sepulcher and saw that stone was taken away from the sepulcher. She was surprised to see that there was no stone laid on the sepulcher. Before Jesus was buried the chief priests and Pharisees went to Pilate and said to him that Jesus had told that He will rise again in three days, and, therefore, a command be issued that the sepulcher be secured well until the third day, in order that the disciples of Jesus may not go and steal the body and say that He rose from the dead.

Pilate agreed to their suggestion and said to them to have watch and make it secure as they can. The chief priests and Pharisees, therefore, went and made sure that the sepulcher was secured with the seal on the stone and setting a watch. (cf. Matthew 27:62-66)

From Matthew 15:47 and Matthew 27:56 it can be seen there Mary Magdalene, was not the Mary the mother of Jesus. There were several women by the name “Mary” but here the name of Mary Magdalene is mentioned. Mary Magdalene was the woman out of whom seven devils were cast out and she was healed of evil spirits and infirmities.

“And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils” (Luke 8:2)

Mary Magdalene ran to Simon Peter, and the other disciple (John), whom Jesus loved, and said to them that “they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher and we not where they have laid Him”. Mary Magdalene was the first to reach the sepulcher but there were other women also with her. Other women were Mary the mother of James, and Salome. (Cf. Mark 16:1 and Matthew 28:1)

Peter and John ran to the sepulcher but John outran Peter and reached the Sepulcher. John stooped down and looked in and saw linen clothes lying but he did not go in. Peter came following came in and went into the sepulcher and saw that linen lie there.

The disciples went home but Mary stood outside the sepulcher and wept. She stooped down and looked into the sepulcher and saw two angels in white sitting. One angel was sat at the head and the other at feet where the body of Lord Jesus Christ was laid.

The angels inquired Mary as to why she was weeping and she said to the angels that they have taken away Her Lord, and she did not know where they have laid Him. Immediately she turned back and saw Lord Jesus Christ standing but she did not recognize Him. She thought she saw gardener and asked Him if He had taken away the body of Lord Jesus Christ, and if so, she would take the body away. Lord Jesus Christ called her by name and Mary recognized Him and called Him as “Master”

Lord Jesus Christ did for our sake, and His body did not see corruption when his body was in the grave. He is risen, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Majesty.

He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (Acts 2:31)

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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