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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

Do you know why? This is just beautiful.

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin? Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

I never noticed this....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 at the head of that stony coffin.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 out ran 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 finished.."But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid itbeside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,because......... The folded napkin meant,"I'm coming back!"


Someone sent this to me and I thought it was a beautiful thought. Not sure if it is all true, I'm not too up on Jewish traditions. :0) However, one thing I do know to be true is that Jesus is coming back. If you do not know Him as your Lord & Saviour I encourage you to go to His word. It's not enough to believe the fact that Jesus died and rose again, even the devils believe and tremble, James 2:19. You must make Him the Lord of your life. You no longer live for yourself but only to glorify Him. Nothing matters anymore except that which is eternal.
Seek Him and you just may find Him!

1 comment:

JeremyNSunny said...

Natasha and I were talking about this just two days ago!!! She got so excited. :) I'm afraid I haven't yet told you that she gave her life to Christ two months ago and asked to be baptized. PRAISE GOD!!!

I've been so far behind on blogs, but it's put a huge smile on my face to bop over and 'visit' you here.... Love & miss ya!!