Selwyn continues to discuss the value of using one’s imagination to slip inside the pages of the Bible.
He writes: ” … I spent a lot of time slipping into the skin of a Bible character and imagining what it must have felt like to be that person. A favourite verse is the one which is our text for today. It allows us to picture Simon Peter bending over the stone slab on which Jesus had laid (in the tomb) and seeing thee strips of linen ‘lying by themselves’. What a moment that was.”
Verses for Reading and Meditation – Luke 24:1-12 (NIV) Jesus Has Risen
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. … “
Try, what Selwyn is suggesting – close your eyes and imagine yourself in the tomb – looking for the body of Jesus , but seeing only strips of linen.