A very happy Easter to all.

Despite lockdown, Covid and everything else, may you truly experience the joy of the Resurrection of Our Lord!

Easter has been very different again this year, but thanks to the very hard work of many people, we are able to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord in a worthy manner.

Huge thanks to all who have helped with stewarding at all services, cleaning and sanitising the church after each service.

HAVE A VERY HAPPY EASTER

THE EMPTY TOMB AND THE TIDY CLOTH John 20:1-9

These are mentioned almost side by side only in the Gospel of John account of disciples hearing of the empty tomb and the Beloved Disciple and Peter rushing off to the tomb see what has happened. Famously, Peter and the other disciple see the open tomb the lack of Jesus’ body, and cloths lying around. Although the Gospel writer doesn’t explicitly mention it, Peter hasn’t a clue as to what he is supposed to do. The other disciple sees the same things as Peter, but in them, he remembers what Jesus had said at the Supper, “In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again.” (John 16:16). The ‘other disciple’ at the tomb seems to have remembered this or similar words of Jesus and when he sees that one of the cloths in the tomb has ben folded up neatly.

There is a tradition in parts of the Middle East including Israel and Palestine where at a formal dinner, if the host so called away, the host will take his napkin (soudarion in Greek) and used it as a sign. If the host expects to return to the dinner table soon, he will neatly fold his soudarion and place it on the table. If he expects to be away for a long time, he will crumple his napkin (soudarion) and drop it on the floor – a sign that guests were not to wait for him, but continue with their meal. It seems that the ‘disciple’ in John 20:1-9 interpreted the sign of the napkin as one whereby Jesus has fold the cloth covering his face as a sign that he would return. That is in fact what Jesus does in the very next episode.

In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again.’

The Lord has Truly Risen, Alleluia! Alleluia!

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