The First Act of the Risen Christ

Lou Lotz

READ : John 20:1-10

“He saw the linen wrappings lying there.” (v. 6)

What a contrast between the enormity of the resurrection and the simplicity of the first act of the risen Christ. Jesus has died for the sins of the whole world. He has overcome the powers of hell. He is standing victorious on the other side of death. And his first act is to unhurriedly discard useless grave clothes and carefully fold up the cloth that had been on his head and set it, neatly, aside.

John says that Peter “. . . 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.” The first act of the risen Lord is not to split open the sky, but to fold the laundry.

We strive to be Christians in the big things of life—big deeds, big decisions. But we are also Christians when we do the little nothings which make up our lives—doing the dishes, taking the dog for a walk, planting a row of marigolds, listening to an excited child tell you what happened that day in school. We are Christians not only in big things, but in the little things, fulfilling each daily duty as a gift to God.


Lord, help me to be your disciple in all things, great and small.