Why Did Jesus Fold The Napkin???

edited December 1969 in Random Issues
This is very interesting.  I had never heard it before.  Why did Jesus fold the napkin?  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 at the head of that stony coffin.

1.    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.

2.    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!"

3.    Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.

4.    The other disciple outran Peter and got there first.

5.    He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

6.    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.

        Is 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 was 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!!!

Received this in an email -  thought it'd be nice to share.


  • I'd loved it when I read it on my email as well, right when I opened it I thought it was magnificent, thanks for sharing, I recommend anybody that didn't read it, to do so at the moment!!

    Coptic Servent
  • i knowww i got this on email, i LOVED it.
    anybody who hasnt read it. read it.
  • Wow....  somthing as small as a napkin....    that is AWSOME....  with all the ways Jesus was telling us He is coming back, He even does it with a napkin....  this has a really deep meaning to it...

    God Bless you verrrrrry much for sharing this Wonderful fact with all of us...

    God Bless

    Coptic Pharoah
  • How do you guys get these christian emails I would like to get them too.Is there a website I can signup for them or something.
  • I for one get them by my friends, they are called forewards if you heard of them before. If you want I can put you on my contacts and I will email you the one about the 7%, it's about God too, it's so adorable!!

    Coptic Servent
  • LOL how about we upload all the nice emails we get on here? that way everyone can see them...
  • This is the 7% I was referring to:

    >>A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'

    >>The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

    >>He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

    >>In the middle of the room was a large round table.  In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

    >>The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly.  They appeared to be famished.

    >>They were holding spoons with very long handles, that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful.

    >>But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

    >>The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

    >>The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.'

    >>They went to the next room and opened the door.  It was exactly the same as the first one.

    >>There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water.

    >>The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.  The holy man said, 'I don't understand.'

    >>It is simple,' said the Lord.  'It requires but one skill.

    >>You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.

    >>When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you.  Its estimated 93% won't forward this.  If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'.

    >>I'm in the 7%

    >>Remember that I will always share my spoon with you…

    Coptic Servent
  • [quote author=Coptic Servent link=topic=6372.msg84110#msg84110 date=1205985815]
    I for one get them by my friends, they are called forewards if you heard of them before. If you want I can put you on my contacts and I will email you the one about the 7%, it's about God too, it's so adorable!!

    Coptic Servent

    sure and also post them on here for other people to read.
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