Devotion for Easter Sunday

He is Risen

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. ~ John 20:1-8

During the time in which Jesus lived, a Hebrew man would wad up his napkin when he finished his meal so the servant knew it was time to clear away the table. However, if the master folded his napkin and placed it on the table, the servant knew that the master was returning. Jesus left the face-cloth (called napkin in other translations) folded up away from the linen wrappings. He is coming again! He will return in glory to judge the world and reign forever. Alleluia! Maranatha!

Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus rose on Easter to give me eternal life. Thank You that He is coming again. Maranatha! Amen.

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He is risen. The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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