Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb;
and he saw the linen cloths lying there. . .
A friend of mine, who is involved in work among Jewish people, told me, that the Jewish calendar has a period of time called Teshuvah, meaning “to turn,” in the last month of the year, Elul, which means “search.” The purpose is for people to turn to God and search their hearts in preparation for the Day of Atonement, when they ask themselves, “Am I ready to die?”
This is reflected in their clothing for the day. Every married Jewish male wears a kittel, a white linen robe that eventually serves as their burial shroud. The robe has no pockets, symbolizing that nothing can be taken along on that journey. It is a dress rehearsal for death.
The Saviour Jesus Christ was Jewish, and He prepared Himself to die. The good news is that when the Lord Jesus wore His burial shroud, He left it in a tomb and is raised forevermore.
Heavenly Father, I praise You, my Everlasting Father, my Great and Awesome God. I glorify You for Your Almighty power that raised Jesus Christ from His death at the hands of sinful men. Amen.