"Winner Or Loser"
January 6, 2011
And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 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. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed. John 20:5-8
You don't have to be a magus or wise man to know, it has to be one of the most valuable pieces of cloth in the world.
The "it" we are talking about is the battle flag that George Armstrong Custer carried at the Battle of the Greasy Grass on June 25 and 26, 1876.
No matter how you think of the man who lost his command at the Little Big Horn River, one thing is certain: the general is about to generate some major money. That's because the museum that has held Custer's battle flag for 115 years has decided it will be auctioned off by Sotheby's.
Because Custer lost the battle, it is expected the flag's sale will generate somewhere between $2 and $5 million.
Of course, if you want to talk about some cloth material that has some real value, all you need to do is read the passage above.
The linen cloth that wrapped Jesus' body and the face cloth that had been on His head are of incredible value to every Christian.
Note how they are mentioned numerous times in the few verses we shared.
They are so important because their placement -- the orderliness of these cloths were visible -- tangible proof the body of the crucified Christ had not been stolen.
Indeed, so telling a witness were the burial materials that even before the disciple met the risen Christ on Sunday evening, he was convinced of the Savior's resurrection.
Of course, you and I are blessed to have seen and heard the entire account of Jesus' appearances. We know the Savior has risen and because He has conquered the grave, we have been given salvation.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we give thanks that You have done all that we could not. Today we proclaim Your victory over death and grave. You are our Redeemer from sin and the devil. Now may hearts still filled with doubt be convinced of Your great grace and love which saves. In Your Name, I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries