As I reflect on scriptures and the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, there's a part that strikes me. Each year, there is something new that grabs my attention. This year, it's John's recording: "Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself." (John 20:6-7)
How different the story would have been if Jesus, like Lazarus, needed help to be freed from his grave-clothes. What if Jesus got tied up trying to get free? The resurrection and the cloth being left shows that our hope is not lost and our God fulfills every promise. What a mysterious and mighty scene of Jesus conquering death.
We get tied up in our clothes, especially at that point of transformation. I don't mean literally but rather that we get caught up in our thoughts and false beliefs. In rituals that do not serve us. In fear and comfort. We get caught up in other folk's stories. We are like Lazarus and need help to be freed from the cloth that keep us bound.
Jesus' resurrection is the pathway for our own. Not just after physical death but spiritual death. There is a way to bury that which wants to keep us bound in defeat, depression, and blindness, and Jesus points us in that direction.
Yes, it is true, we must go down and under. We must let go of everything. We will feel like we are drowning, dying even, and in many ways we are. We must forgive and surrender. We must bare our souls. We must go deep within to find God there in order to come up. It's the only way. It's the divine nature of things.
As we reflect on the life, death, and risen life of Jesus, let's also celebrate that through the love of God we can experience the same. There is deliverance from that which we wear so closely we sometimes mistake it as truth. There is a way to become unbound from that which trips us. There is a way to our resurrection, today and when Christ comes again.