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Christ's Linen Napkin

Do you know why Christ folded the linen napkin that was over his face after his resurrection? Scriptures only.

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---Silvia on 9/22/10

I will do this immediately AFTER this post but.. the bible states that the napkin was folded but it doesn't say why it was. I think we can all agree on this. But I don't believe John (writing under God's inspiration) included anything insignificant, so it has a meaning. I believe that to find it, we must ask ourselves what it would mean to those who buried Him! And let's not discard those guarding the tomb.
---Rob on 4/3/10

Here is the answer. There is a link between the broken Matzo(in jewish tradition)and the rolled up cloth: The unleavened bread symbolizes Christ(a foreshadowing of Christ) in the Old Testament, just as the lamb did. In the New Testament the connection is stronger, as Jesus ties Himself directly to the bread...The Bread of Life...(Jn.6 + Last Supper accounts) He is the True Bread which came down from heaven, the Bread of Life, (Matzo or unleavened bread in the O.T and His body in the N.T.). Jesus NEVER did things by chance or coincidence or just "to be neat"...everything is on purpose and/or as a sign or fulfillment of prophecy.
---man_from_uncle on 4/3/10

I believe the reason the linen napkin was folded in the case of Jesus, was to show that the tomb had not been robbed or that someone had taken Jesus with them. Normally when grave robbers stole stuff they just grabbed what they wanted and left a mess. Here the napkin was folded and not lying with the clothes but separated from them very neatly. No one stealing would have done that. All appearances indicated that no one had taken the body, but that it had moved through the cloth and left it behind in the tomb.
---MarkV. on 3/11/10

I am enlightened by and agree with the answer given by---brotheryochanan.
---mima on 3/11/10

I believe the answer to the "neatly folded napkin" lay in matthew 28:15 "This saying was spread among the jews and continueth unto this day." The saying is that the body of jesus was snatched away, taken, but our holy scriptures under divine inspiration give us a picture of an unrushed, considered, course of events. I believe jesus rolled, folded the napkin to say, I have risen, I was not snatched.
---brotheryochanan on 3/11/10

\\ It was customary, even when some one left the dinner table, they folded the napkin in reference to, that one will return. \\

This sounds rather like a projection of modern western manners onto 1st century Palestinian Jews.

Is there any historical evidence that dinner napkins were used at meals in Judeo-Roman times?

In any case, the Scripture does NOT say that Christ folded the linen face cloth--only that it WAS folded.

Don't claim that you can derive the answer to your question from Scripture, Donna, as there's nothing in Scripture about it.
---Cluny on 3/1/10

It was customary, even when some one left the dinner table, they folded the napkin in reference to, that one will return.
Jesus will return to claim His people, those that are called by His name. His name Is Jesus Christ, Not Father-Son & Holy spirit. If The name Jesus Christ hasn't been applied to you in water baptism, you'l be staying here on earth to suffer all the greater doom that is coming.
Jesus name baptism Is All part of the wedding garment, where the man in this scripture Matt.22 v's 11-13 didn't have. Mark 16 v 16 - Acts 2 v's 37-41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19-20 to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost & Is The Wedding Garment.
---Lawrence on 3/1/10

I was born and raised jewish and became a christian 9 years ago. God blessed me with the truth about the new covenant. I never heard of this tradition either. But please don't get lost in this misguided email. Folded or twisted, the fact that the one cloth was treated deliberately and differently from the rest proves that Jesus, sealed in a tomb, alone, confirmed dead and lifeless, came back from the dead, conquered death itself, because he was the son of God himself, and his father was not a man. He rose. To my jewish brothers and sisters - in the quiet solitude of your prayers, ask God to show you the truth about Jesus. Ask God, that whatever the real truth is, show it to you. Then, hold on to your hats, because HE WILL!
---Leslie on 3/1/10

c2oevx I am always excited to visit this blog in the evenings.Please churning hold the contents. It is very entertaining.
---Silvia on 2/18/10

John 20:7 indicates the grave clothes were cast aside, this would seem to indicate that Jesus conquered death, and through His death and resurrection and ability to forgive sin, we also will conquer death. Conversely in John 11:44 Lazarus was raised from the dead, but his grave clothes were still binding him, hand to foot, and his face was still covered with the 'napkin.' Though raised from death, Lazarus was still in grave clothes and subject to death, (unlike Christ). By this miracle, Christ proved to all who were willing to believe that He was truly the Son of God.
---Sherrie on 5/19/09

Regardless of what any of us may think, Jesus is God and He is coming back. The thing about the napkin on the face being folded may or may not be fact, but until one of us can prove otherwise, it makes one think. Carpenters used a cloth or towel to wipe sweat and since the majority of them were illiterate, meaning they could not write and they could not leave an invoice to let the party know they were completed with the job, the carpenter would fold the towel meaning that his work was finished. Jesus' work was finished on the cross and He did rise again and He did ascend to the Heavens and He is coming again.
Think about the various 'cloths' mentioned in the bible. It is very much possible that this is fact. Thanks
---Susan on 2/24/09

Hello Marsha:-)I know you meant well,I'm Not upset, I am as settled as a hatching hen,and at my age know better than flying off the handle,having learnt many things in 54 years of Wedded bliss.Jesus IS God and took the name of a 'tidy Man' as decreed.You will have to join the agency to transport you to the century you need the answer about.Blessings-no rancour- Peace.
---MIC on 1/29/09

Settle down I am not saying that at all. ALL I AM SAYING Is: Its a lovely story but, I would like some first century proof that this was a Jewish practice.

I always thought that Jesus was just a tidy person.

A calming person. A person of GRACE. I believe he will come again. I am a Christian and I think sometimes people make statements (not you) that they have not researched very throughly.

Sorry again if I upset you. I was just giving it a different spin. THE WATCHMAN was a person from a different blog I have been discussing similiar information with.

God Bless you in the work you are doing today to promote out loving Lord!
---Marsha on 1/29/09

Marsha:-Who and what is the WATCHMAN, and or the napkin,that you declare as a neighbour, and accuse me of bearing False witness about or against.The post is about christs folded napkin, and not about insulting the tradition of Juadism, which is recorded 'That they were the ones who rejected the corner stone.'Jesus.Fact.
---MIC on 1/23/09

Those who wish, may use the folded napkin as a theory. I think stating it as a fact that the jewish people did this is wrong. As "watchman A jewish man stated" I will take the L-rd's (last) supper which is true and verifiable as an ongoing tradition to this day by millions of Jews (and quite a great number of Gentiles...)

Like I said, the napkin story has some nice sentiment, but if it is stated as a fact, then it is really a violation of the 9th commandment not to bear false witness of your neighbor, by implying that he does something he does not. In Judaism, this is a big deal.
---Marsha on 1/23/09

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Marsha:-Are you not confusing school oriented rules with an old jewish orthrodox procedural custom like washing hands and feet before eating.I was in a catholic boading school and we never had to fold kapkins matter of fact. We never had Napkins except on feast days and then they were paper.
---MIC on 1/22/09

I read this on a blog and had to share: watchman May 26th, 2007, Come on, I am Jewish, and lived in an orphanage that was run by Catholics, they had a large room with rows of tables, we had formal style placement, and napkins were folded on the table, we were to fold them when we were done. Everyone had to have their place left in certain order before we could leave the table. It was very regimented and I remember it all vividly.I really don't think they had everyone do this because of one Yid kid. I think they did this because it was considered a part of formal social graces when dining. More coming.
---Marsha on 1/22/09

The folded Napkin is a sign that Jesus will return as prophesied in Scripture.Mona is Right.
---Mic on 1/21/09

---Mona your post concerning traditions in Jesus time is very interesting. Yesterday a person told me of this tradition but is being the exact opposite of what you stated.
The person yesterday told me. That the master folded his napkin and places it beside his plate to indicate that he was finished , and would not want more, and/or when he had gotten he up would not return.
---mima on 1/21/09

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In the days when Jesus walked the earth, there were specific traditions. You were either a Master or a servant. When the master would eat his meal, the servant was to always stay out of sight but to keep watch over his master at the same time so he would know when his master needed something. During meals, when the master was THROUGH with his meal, he would wipe his mouth and hands with the napkin and wad it up and place it on his plate. If the master wanted more to eat, he would wipe his mouth and hands and neatly fold his napkin and place it by his plate, indicating to his servant that he wanted more. Today, we call it going back for seconds. When Jesus folded the napkin, he was saying that he wasn't finished, and that he would be back.
---Mona on 1/20/09

i just read a website the other day about this.

"When they buried Jesus it says that there was a napkin, separate from the linen the rest of His body was wrapped in, that was placed around His head (John 20:7). This was His talid. It was normal custom in that day to wrap the head of a man with his talid for burial." [google "keepa and talid"]

when Elijah came to Elisha he broke the yoke and followed Elijah. when Elijah went up into heaven Elisha tore up his own talid and used Elijah's.

so, its possible that Jesus folded "the napkin" after resurrection because since he would be going up into heaven, he no longer needed it.
---opalgal on 1/20/09

John 2o:7,"And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself." Says many things to the observer.
First it says, yes Jesus has risen.
Second it says, no one snatched the body away, this was not done in a hurry, but in a quiet orderly controlled manner!!
I personally find great comfort in the fact that Almighty God, in the form of Jesus, took time to be orderly and put it down in writing.
---mima on 1/18/09

And the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself [John 20:7]. Now, go below to verse 8: "So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed". Who wouldn't believed, well, some would! I believe it was God's way of giving evidence to His diciple that He had been raised from the dead. I mean it had God written all over it. Have a good week.
---catherine on 1/18/09

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John 20:7 and 8. Explains: And now the deciples believed, that indeed Christ has risen. Amen.
---catherine on 1/17/09

I think the question here is more than a question of Faith or symbolism. If we were to look at the customs of the time, napkins were not used at the table, they used a piece of bread. Hands and faces were washed after the meal. The reality is that no matter how much we try, scripture just doesn't give us the answer.
---Pastor_Walter on 1/17/09

While there may be no scripture (that I know of) to back this up - The reason that Christ folded the linen napkin (according to Jewish custome), Jews would fold their napkins at the dinner table to symbolize that they were not done yet, and that they would be back to the table. Jesus was saying that He was not done yet, and that He would be back again.
---Leslie on 12/16/08

I commend you all for relying on the word, digging and trying to validate for yourselves! At this time of year with the napkin message reviving and with so much uncertainty in this life prior to the second coming I find it very refreshing to know that so many use their prayers, hearts and minds to strive and understand the word. Having grown up in the lethargic and compromising church of the 60's & 70's this lively discussion is fantastic!
---greg on 12/16/08

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Which belief is the urban legend? You do not specify. We know that the cloth from Jesus' head was found lying separately.

Jhn 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

We do NOT know that the folded Napkin was a reminder that He would return NOR that Jesus rolled it up while talking to two angels. The Jews actually do wrap a broken Matzo in a napkin at the Seder, but there is no evidence that this or any other custom of the day regarding "napkins" is relevant.

Which is the tradition denied by Jewish scholars? Only if a person passes on what he KNOWS to be untrue, is it a lie.
---Donna66 on 8/9/08

according too original Greek texts, was the napkin folded or rolled up?
---Andy on 8/8/08

Unfortunately, this is yet another example of "biblical" urban legends. Neither Dr. David Stern, a leading Messianic scholar, nor D. A. Carson, whose commentary on John is among the finest, even mention it. The late Dr. Alfred Edersheim, a luminary among Messianic scholars, said nothing about such a tradition, despite the wealth of Jewish historical and cultural details he offers in "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah"

I have seen this in several Bible study sites, but have yet to see even one cite a source. As cool as it sounds, I am left to conclude that it is a complete fabrication, and I don't think Jesus the Risen Messiah would condone the use of lies in order to perpetuate the truth of His resurrection.
---Glenn on 7/16/08

That the napkin was found folded in the empty tomb (by Him or angels...who knows?)may be significant in any number of ways. I know of no scripture that tells us.

At the Passover Sedar meal, Jews fold a napkin around broken pieces of matzo. The broken unleavened bread, the blood on the door posts of the Israelites that spared them from death in Egypt, the deliverance from a pagan land....all foreshadow the Salvation afforded mankind by Christ's death on the cross and His resurrection. Is there some connection between the "napkins"? Maybe. But I don't think there's any way to know.
---Donna on 7/16/08

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Be in the ground the same as Jonah in the great fish, 3 days. They came on the first day of the week, Sunday is the first as we know it, Saturday the "weekly sabbath". 3 days would then be wednesday sundown to Thursday, Thurs sundown to Friday, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. He arose after sunset Saturday, "before dawn Sunday" (when the women came to the tomb) so folding was not done on sabbath.About Lazarus - Lazarus walked out of the tomb and wasn't bound, though he was still wrapped a bit. The Lord's command was to Hell (paradise) where souls went. to be loosed from the bonds of Hell. It is finished was the fulfillment of the Old Testament, the Law.
---George on 7/14/08

he did not fold it it was wiped of his brow when he was weak. the power flows just like the time a woman touched him without authority and the power flowed to her
---emiliano on 7/6/08

Who cares if the story is true . . . the real TRUTH is He Is Coming Back!!!!
Thank You, Jesus ~ the Gospel is True.
---Bev on 4/14/08

Not sure looking for Scriptural proof of the Jewish custom. The folded napkin is representation that Christ will return.
---Clarence on 3/23/08

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Shawn: I believe it had nothing to do with Jews not doing any work on the Sabbath. Christ arose on the day *after* the Jewish Sabbath.
---Don on 3/21/08

"Question: would folding a napkin on the Sabbath have been considered work for a Jew? perhaps this was circumstantial evidence that no observing Jew had moved him?
---Shawn on 2/11/08"
This answer is interesting and I have not heard it before.
I believe the napkin was folded, in an orderly manner, in order to show that this was not hurried or messed up or snatched up operation. The peace of the ages settled over the resurrection.
---Mima on 2/19/08

According to David Bivin of Jerusalem Perspective the idea of the master servant napkin story is the fanciful inventions of the uneducated. Napkins were not used in Yeshua's days after a meal, you would do a aftermeals handwashing. Like I said before, it was not a napkin it was a tallit and had nothing to do with the message of "I'm coming back".
---Jeff on 2/19/08

If you want to read it further google "The napkin from the face of Jesus" and click on the link for the jerusalem perspective dot com. David Biven is a widely recognized and respected bible scholar and biblical historian.
---Jeff on 2/19/08

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The Gospel of John (20:7) Understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. It means Jesus is coming back. In a google search just type in "The napkin from the face of Jesus", and you will get your answer. They will only allow 85 words here and the explaination is longer than that.
---Anne on 2/17/08

What if He just folded it without meaning to create a symbolic gesture. If so, It would tell us that Jesus would be neat & precise by nature. If John really saw the empty tomb, he would describe what he saw whether it has theological meaning or not. This mystery creates a picture of an event in history. Everything isn't symbolic. The napkin question probably raised a question with John too or he would't have recorded it. Perhaps he was hoping you might might try to figure it out.
---David on 2/15/08

Good Question, but I believe it had something to do with the traditional preparation of the cloth for another's burial. See Matthew 28:5+ 6, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:4-6, All Say "He is not here, He is risen!" Only John goes into this specific detail, right? But as far as I can tell in the NKJV, it does not imply that Jesus folded them, BUT does it matter if he did?
---Tim on 2/12/08

question: would folding a napkin on the Sabbath have been considered work for a Jew? perhaps this was circumstantial evidence that no observing Jew had moved him?
---Shawn on 2/11/08

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There is no special significance as to why Jesus rolled up the cloth, and it has nothing to do with eating, except only for that fact that he is always very neat. After Jesus raised himself up from the dead, he took the wool coth (gk: soudarion= sudor, sweat + erion, wool) that Joseph laid over his face, and rolled it up together next to him while he sat talking with his two angels.
---Eloy on 2/6/08

I'm not sure about Jeff's position on this whole matter, but it is evident from his response (read way down the blog) that he thinks the "he's coming back" idea and folding of the napkin is rubbish. But he does admit that folding of the Tallit was done special by each Jew, and the fact the cloth was folded meant that "He was alive" and that the body had not been stolen. That is to say: "He's coming back!!"
---Ray on 2/5/08

If the folded napkin meant He was coming would have been "coming back to the tomb." I don't think he was wanting to go back to the tomb.

Jesus knew the jews would try to claim that the disciples had stolen his body away in the night and "claimed that He rose from the dead". If someone had done that...they would not have taken the time to fold the napkin. Jesus did that to show that He really had risen.
---Edna on 2/5/08

John:: Jesus was First as God but proved all things were possible as Man,which is why he said Follow Me.
---Emcee on 10/24/07

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Jesus is one with the Father. Man's customs and traditions don't apply
concerning God's truth. He didn't care how something appeared, but the truth within:

(Mt 23:25) Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup...

(Mt 23:27) Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like whited sepulchres, which appear beautiful outward,...

(Mt 15:2) Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders?...
Dig deeper folks...
---John on 10/24/07

If Jesus was so into Jewish customs and traditions, then why did He say the following:

(Mt 15:3) But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
(Mk 7:13) Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Dig deeper folks...
---John on 10/24/07

Listen up people, you need to study. But first, you need to get saved from the firey HELL. Yes, the Devil is a liar. Hell is real. So is Heaven. Praise God.
---catherine on 10/24/07

I know. Only because I just finished studying about it. The headband was folded and lying in a separate place from the rest of the grave clothes. It was now obvious that the body had not been stolen. Also, Christ had left His grave clothes behind Him there. He laid them aside because He arose to die no more.>>>John 20-7.
---catherine on 10/24/07

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The neatly folded napkin was a sign of how orderly the resurrection was. Yet all so in a greater significance to the Jews(Jeff the Jew will know about this) Jewish tradition said that after four days the spirit left the body. Now I do not remember all the teaching about this, but there is great significance to the orderly folding of the napkin.
---Mima on 10/23/07

Jesus was fully God and fully man while He was on this earth. Eventhough Jesus was born a jew He was of no religion. He is the Son of God. Made Himself of no reputation. Noone taught God Jesus anything. On the contrary, Jesus came to show us what God is really like. Have a pleasant night everyone.++
---catherine on 10/22/07

Jesus was an Orthrodox Jew & was strict about certain rituals known only to the customs of the times.While he claimed it was done on the cross yet His folded Napkin was a reminder that He would return as declared in triumph & majesty
---Emcee on 10/22/07

If the napkin meant Jesus was coming back because He wasn't finished, then why did
He say the following?

It is finished:
John 19:30

Dig deeper folks...
---John on 10/22/07

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Jesus did this so that Bible believing Christians would not be tempted to believe in iconic symbols like the shroud of Turin only to have their faith dashed later. Jesus knows all things, past, present and future. If His head was covered with a separate piece of cloth, the shroud is a fake.
---tommy on 10/6/07

This is very interesting. I'm glad people here are asking honest, difficult questions. To Jeff: Can it really be said that the disciples wouldn't fold it nicely had they stolen the body? I don't believe that for a second, but just a counterpoint. He is risen and will return!
---Brian on 10/5/07

The Greek word translated as "napkin" in John is soodarion. It literally means "face cloth". In Jewish burial tradition the only cloth wrapped around the head of a dead person would be their prayer shawl or tallit (tah LEET). Since the prayer shawl is used during prayer it would have been treated more reverently than the linen wrappings that would have wrapped Jesus' body. That is likely why it was rolled up by itself apart from the linen wrappings by whomever rolled it up.
---Brady on 8/18/07

C'mon folks. This was a Jewish dinner table custom (to fold the napkin), however, it is a far stretch to say Jesus is saying, "I'll be back!" What did John understand it to mean? This is nothing out of the ordinary. The folded napkin under Jesus' head was COMMON PRACTICE WITH THE DEAD. It still being folded only meant one thing to John: Jesus was resurrected instead of the body being stolen. Had someone stole the body... that napkin would have been wadded up in the floor.
---David on 8/18/07

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That's interesting,
I'm the one who posted
He's Coming Back.

---Tim on 6/10/07

Who said Jesus folded the handkerchief? It was, according to Greek scholars, more like a sweat rag than a table napkin. But the Bible doesn't even say who folded it, much less why.
---Tim on 6/10/07

John 20
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.
9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must arise again from the dead.
---HesComingBack on 5/17/07

7 kai to soudarion o hn epi thV kefalhV autou ou meta twn oqoniwn keimenon alla cwriV entetuligmenon eiV ena topon
20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

...9 oudepw gar hdeisan thn grafhn oti dei auton ek nekrwn anasthnai
20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
---HesComingBack on 5/17/07

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The "napkin" as you call it is not a napkin but the prayer shawl known as the Tallit. Every jewish man has their own way of folding their tallit. By folding his tallit it showed that he was alive and his body was not stolen since only he folded it that way. This whole jewish tradition of master/servant napkin folding meaning he's coming back is bogus, I'm jewish and can tell you there's no such tradition.
---Jeff on 5/17/07

Rebecca_D I know I certainly learned something. I had no idea of this Jewish tradition. I love learning of Jewish traditions becasue it allows for deeper understanding of so many things in the Word of God. Thank you, once again, for a wonderful question.
---Ryan_Z on 5/11/07

I didn't know this either. Until I received an email from a friend. It helps to understand the tradions of the Jews to better understand Jesus. (I don't know why on my question it had Scriptures only, because I didn't put that there). Oh well, at least the meaning got acrossed and some learned from it.
---Rebecca_D on 5/10/07

Way to go Rebecca D. I could not for the life of me answer this thing, I find this one really interesting, I did learn from it.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/10/07

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Whomever replied under Hescomingback. Your right. The Jews done this. If the servant seen that the napkin was waddled up on the table, it meant his Mastor was finished. If he seen it was still folded, even if he left the table, it meant that he was coming back. Christ folded the napkin that was on his face, to let people know "he's coming back". Isn't that wonderful? I could see Jesus gently folding that napkin, before he left the tomb.
---Rebecca_D on 5/10/07

RyanZ. I agree that the angels probably did it but Scritpture doesn't say they did. We just assume it was them.
---john on 5/10/07

#2 The indications we receive here are that angels were rejoicing and certain angels were given duties in God's plan. This is the Father's Son, and His resurrection ceremony is filled with splendor and awe. Angels unwrapped Jesus, unlike poor ol' Lazarus who was still bound after he was raised. Good question Rebecca_D!
---Ryan_Z on 5/9/07

It doesn't say in the Scripture that Christ folded the napkin or that it was linen does it? He could have but then the Father who raised him may have or the angels could have too. We are not told anything in the Scripture as to why it was folded. It was Jewish culture that anyone that left a table of food would make sure the napkin was folded if they were returning to finish their meal. Since Jesus is returning, I find it to be inline with that custom. This is just a possible reason.
---john on 5/10/07

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The folded napkin had to do with 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.
---HesComingBack on 5/9/07

If the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, clean his beard, 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. If the master got up from the table, folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table. The servant knew that the folded napkin meant, I'm not finished yet. The folded napkin meant, I'm coming back!
---HesComingBack on 5/9/07

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.

Jesus is Coming Back.
---HesComingBack on 5/9/07

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