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The folded cloth

Peter, John, an empty tomb and a folded gravecloth.
Contributed by Jay (JayBob) Launius
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus got permission to take the dead body of Jesus down from the cross. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. A cloth was wrapped around His head as was the Jewish burial custom. The heavy tombstone was rolled over the entrance and sealed by soldiers who then guarded the tomb. – Slide 1
Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene was among a group of women who went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices. To their amazement they saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. – Slide 2
Mary Magdalene peered into the tomb and saw that the body of Jesus was missing. – Slide 3
She immediately ran to find Simon Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples. – Slide 4
‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,’ she gasped, ‘and we don’t know where they have put Him!’ – Slide 5
Peter and John sprinted off to the tomb. John got there first. – Slide 6
He bent over and looked at the strips of linen lying there. Then Simon Peter arrived. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded and still lying in its place, separate from the linen. – Slide 7
The disciples went back to where they were staying completely baffled by what they had seen. The folded cloth was a mystery. <br/>At mealtimes, when the master of a Jewish house finished eating, he would throw his napkin on the table to let his servant know he had finished. But if the master got up from the table and folded His napkin it was a signal to his servant not to clear the table because he was coming back. – Slide 8
How had the cloth over Jesus head been removed and why was it folded? Why were the strips of linen unwrapped? And where was the body of Jesus? Do you know what had happened? <br/>At this time in their lives neither Simon Peter or John had understood the scriptures that tell us that Jesus had to rise from the dead. – Slide 9
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