This is one I can honestly say I have never seen
circulating in the
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want to forward it.
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth
after His resurrection? I
never noticed this....
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
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
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
there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head
up and lying to the side.
Was that important?
Is it really significant? Yes!
In order to
understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to
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
just out of sight, until the master had finished eating,
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
The servant would then know to clear the table. For in
those days, the
wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.
the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and
laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the
The folded napkin meant, 'I'm
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