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Why the Folding of the Napkin?

April 2, 2010 by  
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Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

This is one I can honestly say I have never seen circulating in the emails
so; if it touches you, you may want to forward it.


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 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 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 of that day.  The folded
napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this

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!

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