Why did Jesus Fold the Napkin ? - A Bountiful Love

Why did Jesus Fold the Napkin ?

DISCLAIMER: This was shared to me by my thoughtful mother in law. I do not know the exact source OR the author. This was also shared with my mother in law. I had been getting some hate messages regarding the validity of the context regarding Jewish traditions.  I am not a  Jew and not an expert. I shared the story below to SPREAD HOPE. My heart in this post is to lift spirits up. As always, if you are offended..there is NO need for unkind words. Just like how you find other things to inspire you (it may be superficial or not) or to lift your mood, there are people that will find this story uplifting.

It is too beautiful not to share.

It is inspiring. Every time I read it, I smile and thank Him.

Nothing in this world is ever important. So stay with me and I promise you, you will be inspired too.

" 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 just not thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separately 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 wrapping lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus ' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? ABSOLUTELY!!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about the 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 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 means, 'I'm coming back! '  "

Jesus is Coming Back!

Beautiful isn't it?

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  1. This is so interesting Khit :-) Thanks for sharing :-)

    1. Hi Kath! Your welcome and thank you again for stopping by! tc!

    2. Dear Khit :-) I appreciate your comments and visits so much.
      I am at Blog Lovin now :-)

  2. I've heard that story before, but with a slightly different ending. I heard it was a tradition for carpenters in that day to use a towel to wipe off their hands. When the towel was left folded, it meant the work there was finished. Either way, a cool story.

    1. It is , you are right..both are interesting and inspiring ..Thank you for stopping by, appreciate it! Happy and blessed weekend to you.

  3. I, too, had heard this years ago - but I needed the reminder today! Thank you, so much, for sharing this. I'll be sharing this!

    Blessings to you!

    1. PS I'm trying to follow you on Pinterest, but when I click on the Pinterest icon at the top of this page, it says your link does not exist - just so you know!

    2. Hi Lisha ,

      Thank you very much for letting me know..and for some reason..I could not figure it out. Anyway , I was able to put my pinterest profile in the blog.

      Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  4. Khit, this is just so good. He's coming back! A joy-filled thought that just filled my heart. I'm thankful for that folded napkin. ~Pamela


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