The Folded Napkin

Jasvir Basi, a brother in Christ who I met years ago at Grace Community Church who comes from a Sikh background shares this post recently about the meaning of the folded napkin in Hebrew culture and why it’s so meaningful to us as believers. Here’s the text,

“WHY DID JESUS FOLD THE NAPKIN?

John takes an entire verse (20:7) to tell us that after the resurrection of Jesus, the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was neatly folded, and placed at the head of the stony coffin.
“while the cloth that had covered Jesus’, head was FOLDED UP AND LYING APART FROM THE OTHER WRAPPINGS.” This is a very important and significant detail. The other wrappings was the shroud, Jesus’ burial cloth.

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, we need 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. The servant would not dare touch the table until the master was finished.

1. Now if the master was finished eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and mouth, clean his beard, and wad up the 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 finished.”

2. But 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, because the folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!”

Let us be reminded daily during this post-Easter season, Jesus Christ is “NOT FINISHED.” HE IS COMING BACK for his faithful servants within his Church.
The folded napkin also proves that the body was NOT stolen as alleged by the Jews. Why would thieves waste time folding it neatly and placing it at the head of the stony coffin?”

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Scripture for Resurrection Day! April 21, 2019

“Jesus, Refuge of the Weary”

By Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498)

“Jesus, refuge of the weary,

Treasure of the Spirit’s love,

Fountain in Life’s Desert Dreary,

Savior from the world above;

O how oft Thine eyes, offended,

Gaze upon the sinner’s fall!

Yet upon the cross extended,

Thou dost bear the pain of all.

Do we pass that cross unheeding,

Breathing no repentant vow,

Though we see Thee, wounded, bleeding,

See Thou thorn-encircled brow!

Yet Thy sinless death has brought us

Life eternal, peace and rest;

Only what Thy grace has taught us

Calms the sinner’s stormy breast.

Jesus, may our hearts be burning

With more fervent love for Thee!

May our eyes be ever turning

To Thy cross of Agony;

Till in glory, parted never

From the Blessed Savior’s side

Graven in our hearts for ever

Dwell the cross, the Crucified.”

And then America’s preeminent theologian commenting on Psalm. 19:4-6, said,

“Christ,

When He rose,

Rose as a man of war,

As the LORD strong and mighty,

The LORD mighty in battle.”

The following scriptures specifically and generally speak of the Resurrection of our LORD Jesus Christ. We would highly recommend that you take a little time before Resurrection Sunday and meditatively read the suggested Scriptures below which we have gleaned from the MacArthur Study Bible. We were certainly blessed and we hope you will be too! It is the most significant and defining event in the history of the Christian faith.

It is an ancient Christian tradition that on the morning when we celebrate His resurrection that we greet one another with, “He is risen!” And the other party to whom the greeting is made responds, “He is risen indeed!”

May our remembrance of Him be pleasing to Him and may all of us rejoice in His goodness to us! And for the awesome love He displayed in dying for us even when we were sinners and then rising again and bestowing on us eternal life. How great a love is that?!

Matthew 28; Mark 16, Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-31; John 21:1-25; Revelation 1:17-18; Psalm 16:10, Psalm 22:22, Romans 8:18-39, 1Corinthians 15:29-58, Ephesians 1:15-22, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 45:22-23, Hebrews 1:2, 2:1-18.

Scripture for 4.19.2019 – Good Friday

TORAH  – Metzorah (Leper)

Leviticus 15:16-33

Prophets

Job 19

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 25

Psalm of the Day 93

Proverbs 19:10-12

The Gospels & Letters

2 Timothy 1

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Scripture for 4.18.2019

TORAH  – Metzorah (Leper)

Leviticus 15:1-15

Prophets

Job 18

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 24

Psalm of the Day 81

Proverbs 19:8-9

The Gospels & Letters

1 Timothy 6

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Scripture for 4.17.2019

TORAH  – Metzorah (Leper)

Leviticus 14:43-57

Prophets

Job 16 & Job 17

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 23

Psalm of the Day 94

Proverbs 19:6-7

The Gospels & Letters

1 Timothy 5

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