The New Tomb and the Folded Grave Clothes

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. -John 19:41

Christopher Ness says, when Christ was born, He lay in a virgin’s womb, and when He died, He was placed in a virgin tomb; He slept where never man had slept before. The reason was that none might say that another person rose, for there never had been any other body there, thus a mistake of persons was impossible. Nor could it be said that some old prophet was interred in the place, and that Christ rose because He had touched his bones. You remember where Elisha was buried; and as they were burying a man, behold he touched the prophet’s bones and arose. Christ touched no prophet’s bones, for none had ever slept there; it was a new chamber where the monarch of the earth did take His rest for three day and three nights.

(L)et us stoop down once more before we leave the grave, and notice something else. We see the grave, but do you notice the grave-clothes, all wrapped and laid in their places, the napkin being folded up by itself? Wherefore are the grave-clothes wrapped up? The Jews said robbers had abstracted the body; but if so, surely they would have stolen the clothes; they would never have thought of wrapping them up and laying them down so carefully; they would be too much in haste to think of it. Why was it then? To manifest to us that Christ did not come out in a hurried manner. He slept till the last moment; then He awoke; He came not in haste. They shall not come out in haste, neither by flight, but at the appointed moment shall His people come to Him.  ~ C.H. Spurgeon

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/spurgeon_charles/sermons/0018.cfm

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