Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why did Jesus fold his napkin?


Something
I didn't know about the
napkin





This
is really beautiful, with such significance..
I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I
did. John 20:7 reads (in "The Woman's
Study Bible, The New King James
Version) "v. 6: Then Simon Peter
came, following him, and went into the tomb; and
he saw the linen cloths lying there, v.7 and the
handkerchief that had been around His head, not
lying with the linen cloths, but folded together
in a place by itself."



Now,
please read the rest of this and see the reason
I think this is beautiful.



Why
Did Jesus Fold the
Napkin?

This is one I can
honestly say I have never seen circulating in
the
emails so; I'll start it, if it touches
you and you 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 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
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!! Be
Blessed

6 comments:

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

That is beautiful!!!! What a neat saying!!! Thank you for sharing it Karen!!! :)

Toni said...

Wow Karen!! I never knew that!! That is so beautiful!! I will be forwarding this to a few friends for sure!!! Have a blessed weeknd!!!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh yes he is! AND soon!

What a beautiful beautiful story.

Thanks for sharing it.

Have a blessed weekend,

Robin~♥

Linda Stubbs said...

I have read this before. I love it. The word has so much for us to find if we search. Thank you for putting this on. It blesses me to know that my Savior is coming back.

I found you from A Merry Heart.
Blessings, Linda

Deb said...

Soooooooooo beautiful! Deb

Cathy said...

How wonderful!! I've never heard that before ~ thanks for sharing!! :)

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