Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


April 7, 2009

Dear Friend,

The apostle John marvelously captures the drama of Easter morning when he (assuming he is the “other disciple”) and Peter race to the tomb.

“The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.” John 20:4-7*

In preparation for burial, the body of Jesus was encased, from shoulder to feet, in strips of cloth with layered spices. A small cloth was on his head.

Simon Peter enters the tomb first and sees a curious sight. The linen cloths, that had wrapped around the body of Jesus in layers, were an empty shell. Separated from the casing, by a few inches, was the headpiece. The gap between them was where Jesus’ neck was. The conclusion was immediate. The body of Jesus had passed right out of or through the linen cloths.

Jesus Christ had risen from the dead!
He is alive and as present with you as you are alive and present this moment. Then John, “who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.” John 20:8 See this with your own eyes of faith and believe!

Happy Easter - E. Stanley Ott