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Subject: Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

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 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 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!

7 comments:

CMcD said...

For it is written in the Book of Wingnutticus: "Verily I say unto you, Whenst thous hast finished thy meal, whether it be of the cow, or the sheep, or the KFC Famous Bowl, thou shalt wad up thy napkin and cast it upon the table! But if thou intendeth to return to the table after beholding and heeding the warnings of my beloved servant Glenn Beck, thou shalt fold the napkin and leave it as A Sign. And shouldst thy servant touch it, then render him to a secret prison in a foreign land, for he hates us for our freedoms, Amen."

Anonymous said...

Jesus is Coming!

And, boy does he look pissed.

Celia said...

That's a lot of words to say what Christians say all the time anyway. Jesus will return! Yes, we know, you've already said.

Svlad Jelly said...

It's scientific proof!

lol

Holden said...

Don't hold your breath!

VagusDoc said...

Now common, this was a nice touch of biblical history... if it's correct of course.
Nice to see some acknowledgement that Jesus was a JEW, not the personal founder of your church or something equally asinine.
I should start leaving a folded napkin in the closest parking spot at my church and see if anyone gets it. THIS SPOT IS MINE AND I'M COMING BACK FOR IT MOTHERF^#KERS!

Anonymous said...

This is not a Jewish custom. Don't believe chainletters.

 
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