April 19, 2014
John 20: 1 – 9
Signs of Life
On that first day of the week, Mary sees “the stone removed from the tomb.” Peter and the other disciple find “the burial cloths and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.”
Compare what they find at the tomb of Jesus and the tomb of Lazarus when Jesus raised him from the dead. The stone still covered the cave when Jesus and the people arrived. And when Jesus called, Lazarus came out, his hands and feet were “tied with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.”
It was Jesus who “said to them, ‘Untie him and let him go.’” (John 11:44)
Yet, after seeing the tomb of Jesus, “they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.”
How about us? Do we see the signs of God’s life in us and around us?