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"I Will be Back"

I Will be Back, painting of empty tomb, Folded Napkin in tomb painting, Painting of resurrection, Mindi Oaten Art

"Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself."  John 20:6-7


In the stillness of dawn, nestled amongst the undisturbed landscape, lay a tomb. It was not just any tomb, but the resting place where Jesus Christ once lay. Carved into the heart of a hill, this sepulchre held within it a promise of salvation and redemption for all humanity.

Upon approaching, the vast stone that once sealed the entrance had been miraculously rolled away. The cool air emanating from the tomb's entrance whispered of a divine event that had just occurred. Inside, where the body of the Savior once rested, now lay nothing but an empty space, proof to His divine power and promise of resurrection.

The linen which had wrapped the body of Jesus lay undisturbed, but the napkin which had been placed over His face was not just cast aside. It was neatly folded and set in a place by itself. In Hebrew tradition, a folded napkin at a dinner table signified that the one who folded it would return. This seemingly small detail carried with it a profound message: "I will be back."

The disciples, who had approached the tomb with heavy hearts, found themselves confronted with a sight that transcended human understanding. The realization that Jesus had risen, just as He had promised, filled them with a mix of wonder, awe, and elation. The weight of despair was lifted, replaced by the light of hope. The empty tomb symbolized not an end but a new beginning.




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