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Why Did Jesus Fold the Linen Cloth after His Resurrection?

KJV John 20
1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
God's Warrior

Why did Jesus fold the linen 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 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 servant knew that the folded napkin meant, "I'm not finished yet."

The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

He IS coming back! He came back after the resurrection, and He's coming back again to get his bride, the church! Praise the Lord!! Alleluia!
smokey the dog

Wow, I have never heard that. That is cool!
God's Warrior

I thought that was beautiful. Very Happy

It really helps to understand the traditions and practices of the days when Jesus was on earth. In all the years that I have heard reserection sermons, I don't recall ever hearing anything about the napkin being folded and how that seemingly insignificant statement has such great meaning for the future. HE'S COMING BACK!
God's Warrior

Praise God, and I feel that it won't be long either!

That is beautiful and moving.
God's Warrior

God's Warrior

My husband has attended many Messianic Jewish Temple services. The last series of lessons he studied there was titled, "The Messiah Driven Life".  My son sent him the article about the folded napkin today.  Below is his reply to my son concerning that custom.

I have learned many things about the Bible by going to the Messianic Jewish services in Franklin. They bring up many things like this that we likely have never heard. Example: Luke was a Physician and his account is based on things learned instead of being an actual witness. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are written from a different perspective. Example: Matthew was writing in a tone like the Romans used. i.e. more or less like a military situation. (Orders and obeying.) John was written more from a perspective as a servant. Luke went to great effort to make his account accurate from a scientific standpoint since he was schooled in the sciences.  

There are many other situations that the Jews know about that are foreign to us. I donít remember exactly the miracles, however, Jesus performed miracles that the Rabbinical teachings said no one could perform except the Messiah, and then they accused him of performing them under the authority of Beelzebub. I had just always thought of miracles being performed, however, the miracles were carefully selected to show the people that he actually was the Messiah and that he was able to perform miracles that no one had ever done before.

I too had never heard of this tradition. †Just shows how the seemingly insignificant can have a meaning all too easily overlooked.

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