Wednesday, February 11, 2009

He is coming back...

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!

I just felt I needed to share this !!

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