Neatly Folded = Completed Work

S (Scripture) – John 20:6-8  “Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.”

O (Observation) – Lord, You take the time to say that the linen cloth that covered Your face was folded neatly and lying in a place by itself.  The way a carpenter would leave a project when it was finished was to leave a linen cloth folded neatly on top of it.  That way, anyone who came upon it would know that the work was completed.  That is why when the two disciples saw your neatly folded linen in a place by itself, they “saw and believed.”  They understood that the work You had started was now finished because You had just conquered sin and death by Your resurrection!

A (Application) – The grand plan of God’s redemption of mankind is not an afterthought, an accident, nor is it a victory of the Enemy.  Throughout the entire Old Testament, Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection are prophesied.  We must simply receive this truth, and place our trust in the One who created us and has a plan for our lives.  His work is perfect, complete, and finished.  The rest of our lives should be spent living audaciously for Him, overflowing with thankfulness, filled to the brim with grace and love having been forgiven and set free.

P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, Everlasting God, despite saving us for eternity, we are here for You to use us in history.  Let us not miss out on what You have for us to do, that our work might be complete also.  Your pursuit of our hearts is overwhelming.  Thank You for the completed work of the cross that is still transforming hearts and lives each and every day.