Making Your Bed

Then following him, Simon Peter arrived and went into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying there.  He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head, which was folded up and laid in a different place from the strips of linen.

  • John 20:6-7 (New Century Version, NCV)

Then following him, Simon Peter arrived and went into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying there.  He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head, which was folded up and laid in a different place from the strips of linen.

  • John 20:6-7 (NRSV)

“When John arrived at the empty tomb the burial wraps had not been ripped off and thrown down.  They were still in their original state!  The linens were undisturbed.  The graveclothes were still rolled and folded.
“How could this be?
If for some reason friends or foes had unwrapped the body, would they have been so careful as to dispose of the clothing in such an orderly fashion?  Of course not!  But if neither friend nor foe took the body, who did?
Through the rags of death, John saw the power of life.  Odd, don’t you think, that God would use something as sad as a burial wrap to change a life?
But God is given to such practices:
In his hand empty wine jugs at a wedding become a symbol of power.
The coin of a widow becomes a symbol of generosity.
And the tool of death is a symbol of his love.”

  • Max Lucado, He Chose the Nails

Since Max Lucado mentioned rolled and folded, I used translations that backed that up.  The NIV and a few others talk about the linens being laid “in their place”, to note orderly placed.

Folks, can you imagine, just for a moment.

Jesus arises from the dead.  He is surrounded by angels who are making sure He is in His finest of robes.  He is ready to leave, and He turns to the angels and says, “Wait, there’s one thing that my mother taught me to do each morning upon rising.”

Jesus took the time to make his bed.

In thinking of that, I was reminded of a commencement speech by Admiral McRaven.  Within the first couple of minutes of his speech, his first point out of ten, he explains why a made bed is important.  Do I make my bed?  Rarely, but with the example of Jesus, maybe I should start doing again, what my mother insisted upon when I was growing up.

“William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has been chosen to give the 2020 commencement speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

Happy Mother’s Day.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. atimetoshare.me May 10, 2020 — 10:43 am

    Love this!

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