Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.
In Jesus’ day, there was a way that a carpenter would let their client know that a job was done.
Picture a carpenter, dirty from working hard to complete a job. After splashing water over his arms and chest covered in sweat and sawdust, he grabs a nearby towel and dries off.
Folding the towel in half, and then half again, he places it on the finished work and leaves.
The message was understood by the person inspecting the work. It is finished. The work is done.
Imagine the message this conveyed to the disciples who would have been familiar with the tradition. Coming to the tomb on that Resurrection day, to see the cloth folded and set neatly aside.
It is finished.