At that, Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then, following him, Simon Peter also came. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The wrapping that had been on his head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself. The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, then also went in, saw, and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.
Some speculation has been made regarding the folded linen cloth. One interpretation that has become increasingly popular in Christian circles is the belief that this was a dinner custom in the Hebrew culture to indicate that one was returning to his or her plate. That teaching is not entirely reliable, but it is also unnecessary. Here is what the folded cloth indicates: Jesus was finished with it!
In our Resurrection Sunday sermon of 2019, titled “Your Resurrection” and preached on April 21, we looked at the shroud of Turin, an artifact that is speculated to be the burial shroud described in this text. The bottom line is that the shroud of Turin’s validity has no bearing on the validity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Far more important is your own belief or disbelief in the truthfulness of this passage. The words “saw, and believed” in verse 8 could be the moment John was truly saved!
After reading this passage, it may not sound like it, but Peter would be the one filled with the Holy Spirit sharing the gospel with a huge crowd in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Peter had just denied that he even knew Jesus three times on the night of the crucifixion, but he would serve as Jesus’ prophesied “rock” upon whom the church would be built. God used him to lead thousands to Christ!
Because God did such amazing things through Peter, what could He do through you?
Pray: If you are struggling with your faith for the time being, ask God to use you the way He used Peter and John though they were downtrodden in John 20:3-10.