CHRIST OUR NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH (Continued)
The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world left a powerful object lesson upon His Resurrection that a new heaven and earth was made. John 20:1-12 affords spiritual eyes a crystal clear view of the old passing away. It reveals the fulfillment of Psalm 102:25-27 and reads as follows:
John 20: 1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
The linen clothes reveal it all. A work in righteousness was fully accomplished in Jesus Christ’s obedience unto death and in His Resurrection. Linen is a symbol of righteousness as seen in Revelation 19:8: “…for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” As pertaining to the linen clothes, the word lying also carries the meaning of something that is set by God’s intent. For example, something that is appointed or destined as seen in Luke 2:34: “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against.”
As the Scripture said in Hebrews 1:12: “And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed.” This is a powerful picture of the old being changed and separated from the napkin that was about the head and wrapped together in a place by itself. As the Psalmist said, “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.” The Head is the same. Christ our Lord! And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45).”