Good morning, I hope you are well and looking forward to being ‘free’ in the near future. I was in church on Sunday and it was great to be back with the congregation of Kilmacolm Old Kirk once more, but I have to admit to being a bit overwhelmed at being out in public after a year of being behind my desk.
Those of you who know the Easter narrative will know that it is an amazing example of God”s love for us, but there is an intriguing mystery about the grave clothes which Jesus wore which has yet to be explained – why not find a seat and listen to one theory and make up your own mind.
Take care, keep safe and God bless.
Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?
I hope this finds you well and you had a nice time over Easter, albeit a very different one! And I hope you didn’t over do it with the chocolate! J
We met in Church for the first time in over a year on Easter day – that great day of celebration – it was good to get back to Church with our Church family once more.
If course, the theme was that of the Resurrection – and we heard how the disciples went to anoint Jesus, and found the tomb was empty and Jesus had gone.
The linen robe he had ben clothed in was lying there and the cloth that covered his face was folded.
It might seem insignificant, or at least that is what I used to think – but then I found this – it’s called
“Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?”
And I’d like to share this Easter thought with you.
It asks, then answers, why Jesus chose fold the napkin which had covered His face – before He left the Tomb.
It’s just a story and has no Biblical corroboration but it’s a powerful message never the less.
The Gospel of John 20 : 1 – 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 separate from the grave clothes. “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 the tomb, 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? Yes!
Is it really significant? Absolutely!
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 finished done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would scrunch 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!’
And He did come back, just as He said He would..!
Now – isn’t THAT food for thought!??
Why not read it for yourself – John 20 : 1 – 7
Can I remind you that our Sunday Morning Church service is streamed on the Kilmacolm Old Kirk members Facebook page – as well as on the kilmacolmoldkirk.org webpage as before.
It may take a week or two for us to get in to a routine so please bear with us.
See and take care of yourself –
and my God bless you
and may He bless your loved ones too.
I hope your week is going well
and please – keep safe.