Blessed… The Evidence

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it. Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you.”

With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. But Jesus met them and greeted them. They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee. They will see me there” (Matthew 28:1-10, Common English Bible).

Imagine, if you will, your alarm doesn’t go off. Or, if it does you keep hitting snooze. Now you are running late. You run into the bathroom to grab a quick shower. You get out of the shower, dry and dress and run to the kitchen to grab something to eat in the car on the way. You start making your way walking to the door. As your hand grabs the handle you remember, you forgot to make the bed. If you go on out the door, you might make it to work on time, maybe. If you go back to the bedroom and make the bed you will be late. What do you do?

I will admit, I am not the right person to ask this question. 90 percent of the time I don’t make the bed regardless of whether or not I am late for work. It is a cross Cindy must bear. The last time my bed was consistently made by me was when I was in the Navy. These days, pulling the cover back up to the pillows is about as good as it gets.

So what is the point of all this? A few days ago I talked about Joseph of Arimathea wrapping Jesus’ body in a new sheet and placing it in a new tomb. The new part I already talked about. Why was it so important for Matthew to tell us Joseph wrapped Jesus’ body in a cloth, regardless of whether it was new or old?

People in a hurry don’t go back and make up the bed. At least most of us wouldn’t. My wife is one of the exceptions. Cindy will always make the bed unless I am still in it. But most of us, regardless of whether we would make the bed under ordinary circumstances, if we are in a real hurry, we will leave that bed unmade. People in a hurry don’t take the time to tidy up!

In truth, Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not say anything about the cloth being neatly folded, but John does. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place” (John 20:6-7). John takes the time to tell us a seemingly trivial detail.

It isn’t trivial. These clothes prove Jesus’ body was not stolen. While someone who has just robbed someone might not run to better blend in and be less conspicuous. But, they probably are not going to take the time to wash the dishes for the person they are robbing either. People in a hurry are not going to take the time to clean!

It sure makes me glad Jesus wanted things to be neat. “Lord, I need to be better about that.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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