Why did Jesus fold the Napkin?

John 20:7 tells us the napkin which was placed over the face of Jesus was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes and the Bible takes an entire verse to tell us the napkin was neatly folded and placed at the head. In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin we have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Servant and Master and every Jewish boy knew the tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. Then the servant would wait out of sight until the master had finished eating and the servant would not dare touch the table until the master was finished. If the master were finished eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and 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. 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!”  AND SO HE SHALL  Alleluia.

I received this as a forwarded email. I don’t know who originally wrote it – but whoever it was, Thankyou!

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