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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 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. 

Is 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 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 folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!' 

He is Coming Back!

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May the resurrection of our Lord,
Jesus Christ, fill you with joy!
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