sharonsrose.blogspot.com/ --- On Wed, 12/17/08, Rabbit45@aol.com wrote: From: Rabbit45@aol.com Subject: The Folded Napkin...MEANING: "I'm coming back!" To: Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 1:49 PM So uplifting in these days where there's not a lot of good news..... Rachel 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 thetomb, 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!! One site keeps you connected to all your email: AOL Mail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. Try it now.
Zelma thanks for the post I have read this before good message in this. Jesus is coming back vary soon blessed is the Lord.
Well, that blew the authenticity of the oldest coin in history. Now I'm wondering if the Shroud of Turin could actually be dismissed so easily? Of course anything is possible........!!!! I would like to hear what the rest of you are thinking about this. Any comments?
4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
This scripture is heavy on my heart and mind. I have been doing some further digging and have learned that the custom brought to our attention above is not a known custom to the Jews, it is said to be fiction. I learned this from several sites by going to Google and typing in "napkin covering the face of Jesus".
So, if this is not symbolic of Christ coming again, then what is the significance of this particular passage of scripture?
First of all, I am convinced more and more of the discredit this verse does toward the Shroud of Turin. That is all one burial cloth and no separate napkin for the face covering. It just does not fit the biblical description given us by God.
Secondly, Christ was here with mankind, one among the many. Then, being the HEAD of the Church, He ascended into heaven, thus separating himself from the body.
In the arrangement of the burial coverings, the HEAD was separated from the coverings of His Body. Only the catching up of the saints on the event day of what we term the Rapture will re-unite the Head with the members of His Body again.
I hope I am saying this in the right way so that you will know what I mean. Please let me hear your thoughts on this topic.
Well, I have researched a little and according to what I've read, the folded napkin story is very interesting but not true. Here is one of the articles:
Even though I want to believe the Shroud of Turin is authentic there is so much controversy that I don't know what to think. J'net what are your thoughts? Here is a link to an article: