May 10, 2007 at 1:57 am #1666
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?
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. Is that
important? You’d better believe it! Is that significant? 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 w/ 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 was 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 servant knew that the folded napkin meant, “I’m not finished yet.”
The folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!”
He is Coming Back!May 10, 2007 at 6:50 am #8277
I had never thought about the significance of the folded cloth and if I had would have passed it off with some smart aleck remark (e.g. He’s a neat freak proving that cleanliness is next to Godliness and that everything has a place and should be put into it’s place).
Thanks for the information!
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