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November 4, 2023

“And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in.” John 20:5.


When I entered basic training in the army many years ago, one of the first things we learned was to manage our personal locker. By the headrest of where we’d lie down for sleeping was a locker where we kept all of our personal belongings including our blankets. Everything needed to be in order. There were rules, too. You couldn’t place anything anywhere you wanted. There was a proper location for everything. 


They also had rules on how to fold your clothes. You couldn’t fold your clothes in any way you wanted, but there were proper steps to fold the clothes. It was the same with the blankets as well. One thing I remember about the blankets was that once you folded the blankets, you had to use your fingers to pinch the edges of the folded parts so that it’d be a perfect 90-degree angle. Once you stack up the blankets it would be a perfect square. It took us minutes to do that. It wasn’t about how fast you can do it but rather about how disciplined you can be. 


Once all the lockers of the trainee are fully made you’ll be able to feel the uniformity and the discipline of everyone. When Jesus was resurrected He didn’t just leave the gravesite. He made sure that the linens that had wrapped Him were neatly folded. This simple statement tells us a lot about Jesus. He wasn’t careless. He was always organized and disciplined. It’s something we can learn from Him.


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