What did the Napkin realy Mean…

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 17, 2004

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 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; 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. 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!’

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19 comments
  1. A good story. I rarely crumble up my manuscripts for they are also never done.

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  2. Gosh this is wonderful; I never heard this take on that scripture or even paid attention to the linen placements. My God. vw

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  3. Wonderful read! I didn’t know that little nugget, but I know there are many things we overlook because we don’t know the Hebrew traditions.

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  4. Never heard that before. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”! Something else, if the body had been stolen, as the chief priests and elders tried to spin it, the robbers would have never taken the time to remove the linen wrappings.

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  5. Thank you! I’ve always wondered the significance of that small detail and you’ve filled it in. Such a beautiful reminder of Christ’s return.

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  6. Reblogged this on apaththrough and commented:
    Everything He did had meaning & significance. So often we miss the little things! Thank you!

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  9. dbp49 said:

    What a wonderful, and timely, word of assurance. If only the world could see how every one of the Living Words in the Holy Scriptures are so perfectly chosen, and significantly packed with meaning even beyond our simple comprehension. I have been studying the Bible for over 40 years now, and never fail to find something new in each and every verse that I read, each and every time that I read it. Thank-you for adding to an already wonderful day with this lovely reminder that our Savior just might be showing up this very afternoon.

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