He is Risen

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Station 13: The Cloth

Jesus Rises

During Jesus’ time, there was one way a carpenter let a contractor know a job was finished. A signature if you will.

When the final piece of a job had been completed, the carpenter would typically fold a towel neatly in half and set it on the finished work and walk away. Whoever would arrive later to inspect the work would see the towel and understand its simple message:

The work is finished.

On the first Easter, Peter crouched in to look into an empty tomb. He saw only the linens that Jesus had left behind.

Peter then saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. (John 20:6-7)

Imagine that a smile crossed Peter’s face as sorrow was replaced by hope. He saw the wrap that had covered Jesus’ face; it had been folded in half, and left neatly on the floor of the tomb. The carpenter had left behind a simple message.

Thousands of people were instructed to take a card from the table then write the name of a person who had touched their life in a special way.

Here are a few of those touching reflections: