The Napkin...Easter message

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 at the head of that stony coffin.
Early Sunday morning while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found the stone
had been rolled away from the entrance.
She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple,
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 stooped 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.
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 the table, until the Master was finished.
Now if the master was finished 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 on the table.
The servant would then know to clear the table.
For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, `I’ve finished`.
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,
The folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!”

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winelush said…
I've never heard this before.

So interesting. On Saturday I watched a special about the shroud of turin and a facecloth on the History Channel. The scientists who have studied the marks on the fabric believe that the marks were caused by intense light or radiation.
Michelle F said…
Thanks for stopping by!!

We are in the process of watching `The Jesus Movie` (1979)
Marissa D said…
This has always been one of those small details that cements my faith. I love that you are sharing it! I am going to feature this on The Cozy Reading Spot this week.

Thanks for sharing with us!


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