The Grave Clothes

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, beckons to us to enter the risen life.  Rise from the tombs of your old life to life with Christ Jesus.

Luke 24:12 comes to mind when I read this message.  “Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. And after bending down and seeing only the linen cloths, he went away wondering to himself what had happened.”  The grave clothes were left behind.  John 20:7 tells us the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was laying separate from the other linen cloths, and folded up neatly.

There’s a really powerful message in that.  The grave clothes, the shroud, represent to us all the excuses, all the false beliefs and wrong agreements, and all the fears we’ve been wrapped in.  The shroud kind of protects the corpse as it decomposes, and keeps the decomposition  from being visible outwardly.  The cloth that covered Jesus’ head was neatly folded up and kept separate from the shroud, though.

That cloth\, to me, represents the mind of Christ.  God’s promise to us when we become His children, and when we turn to the Lord for help.  You see, that crown of thorns represents the hedged in mind we have.  The thorns were about an inch and a half long, and pierced Jesus’ scalp.  They made Him bleed from His head.  A wounded mind, pierced by doubt, anxiety, fear, degradation, hatred, confusion, and chaos, and so much more negativity than there’s room to mention here, will cause your spirit to bleed.  Your life will bleed from the wounds that , then, often come self-inflicted as well.  That face cloth represents the healing power of our Lord, and of God’s love.  We may have to refer back to the things on that cloth from time to time.  We can gain strength, compassion, measure the distances we’ve come, etc., from looking back at that face cloth-because now, it’s neatly folded, and in it’s proper place.   Jesus wipes away the blood and the tears.  He helps us to put everything in the past neatly into place, and to fold it up and put it away.  He helps us make sense of it all.  And what we can’t make sense of, He helps us to let go of.  There are things that won’t make sense here.  They will one day in Heaven.   Now about that empty tomb…One of my favorite praise songs says it all!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                      Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 8, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

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