Saturday, March 21, 2009

Why did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which
was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown
aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin
was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary
Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone
had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the
one whom Jesus loved. She said,
"They have taken the Lord's body out of the
tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!"

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The
other disciple outran Peter and got there first
He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there,
but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed
the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered
Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded
napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew
tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the
Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he
made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant
would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating,
and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master
was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the
table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad
up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table.. For in
those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his
napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would
not dare touch the table, because..........

The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

He is Coming Back!


  1. I have heard this before, do you have a source for this? Thanks!


  2. Thanks, Hannah. :) Just curious. I wonder if it's really true? I think I'm going to ask my uncle about it. He would know. :)



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