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Checkout Time - Easter 2021

John 20:7(NCV)

The Bible Says... “Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.”

Just A Dash

When I was in high school, I participated in a hospitality internship for a prominent hotel chain. One of my daily responsibilities was to turnover hotel rooms between guest checkouts and check-in time for the next guests.

It was very rare that hotel guests would leave the rooms, particularly the beds, untouched. There was generally no need for guests to make their own beds or fold up their used towels, as the linens would be stripped and changed anyway for the next guests.

Do you know what it’s like to wake up late in your hotel room, just minutes before checkout time? In a panic, you call the front desk to request a late checkout, but get denied because they’re booked and need to turn your room over.

You kick over all the dirty towels on the floor, frantically packing up the clothes laying all over the room from the days you’ve been away from home.

Then, you swipe all the extra shampoos, soaps, and lotions (because you’ve already paid for them anyway, right) and you make one last sweep around the room before you rush downstairs, sweating, just in time to not be charged for an additional night.

A Pinch More

On Resurrection Sunday, Jesus didn’t need a late checkout. His work had been completed and He wasn’t coming back to this tomb.

I thank God that Jesus didn’t need a late checkout! He woke up EARLY Sunday morning with all power in His hands. He defeated sin and conquered death and the grave all before His checkout time!

And Jesus didn’t take anything with Him, because He wouldn’t need any of it on the next leg of His journey.

That Resurrection Sunday morning, Jesus wasn’t in a hurry. In fact, He took His time leaving. The Bible says that when Simon Peter went into the tomb, “he saw the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head, which was folded up and laid in a different place from the strips of linen” (John 20:7 NCV). It’s as if Jesus had time to turnover His own borrowed tomb!

After all, who needs a tomb when you’ve already conquered death and the grave!

The point is, our Savior wasn’t in a hurry. The work He came to do, to be crucified for our sins and give us a new life in Him and access to Salvation through faith in Him, had been completed.

Much like those strips of linen that were left in the tomb, so were our sins and the sting of death left behind when Jesus rose from the dead!

A living God who conquered death and the grave is what separates Christianity from all other world religions. That’s why today is such an important occasion. Today is the day that Jesus left that borrowed tomb and gave us access to God the Father and a brand-new life through faith in Him!

Because Jesus lives, so can all of those who believe in the death, burial, AND resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus rose from the dead with all power over sin and death in His hands, we were made alive in Christ!

Happy Resurrection Sunday

Q: What sin are you most grateful that Jesus conquered on your behalf?

Q: How does your new life in Christ honor the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for you on the cross?

Q: When was the last time you shared with someone the significance of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection? (If it’s been a while, today is a great day to share The Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.)

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