Thursday, April 7, 2011

He is coming back!


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 at the head of that stony coffin.

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 out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped 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 finished."  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!"

Someone shared this with me and I wanted to pass it along~Praise God He is coming back!


Meredith said...

That is AWESOME!!!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I haven't heard this....and this is awesome!!! Thanks for adding more to my preparation for this season of Easter. He is coming BACK!!!!


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I put this on my sidebar for others to come read...great post!

Amber said...

That's very interesting, thanks for sharing. I got to your site through the UBP.

Bethany said...

How beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!! Hope you are all doing well, loved the pics from Dublin! We never got to go there while we were in Texas, looked like a lot of fun!! :)

God bless!!
<>< Bethany

A multi-dimensional life said...

Goosebumps Jill!!! Beautifully written and what a great reminder that He indeed is coming back!
I hope you and yours are enjoying this season! I will also be sharing this with others!!!

Jessica Heights said...

Very cool! I'm off to look it up...

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

How are you all doing? You have been in my thoughts and prayers, and of course I think of you every day when I am in my kitchen with my wonderful towels and pot holders.
How is school going? Are you going to do it again next year? Drop a line when you have a chance.

SouthLakesMom said...

I heard a pastor give a different interpretation. He said that the folded cloth was a way, in a pre-literate society, for the worker to indicate that he was done with the work -- so the folded cloth meant, "I am finished."

Either way, cool things to contemplate!

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

More wonderful thoughts to ponder!