Thursday, November 17, 2016
Christ left us a very special Message in his Tomb
Why Did Christ Fold Up the Linen Shroud After His Resurrection?
The Gospel of John tells us that the Shroud, which was placed over Jesus’ face, was not lying together with the linen cloths.
The Bible devotes an entire verse to tell us that the Shroud was folded up, and that it was placed apart from the other linen cloths (maybe where He had laid).
On Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found that the stone had been removed from the entrance.
She ran and met with Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved. She said to them: “They have taken away the body of the Lord, and I know not where they have laid him!”
Peter and the other disciple ran toward the tomb of Jesus. The other disciple arrived before Peter. He stopped and looked inside and saw the linen lying on the floor, but he did not enter.
Then Simon Peter arrived and went in. He also noticed the linen lying on the floor, while the shroud that had been over Jesus’ face was folded up and placed aside.
Was that important? Of course! Is it still very important today? Absolutely!
To understand the meaning of the folded napkin, it is necessary to first know a little about the Hebrew Tradition of that time.
The folded napkin had to do with the Master and the Servant, and every Jewish child knew that Tradition.
When the servant set the table for the dinner of the Master, he made sure to do it in the exact way that the Master wanted.
Once the table was perfectly decorated, the servant waited, out of sight, until the Master had finished eating. The servant did not dare to touch the table until the Master had finished.
If the Master had finished eating, he would get up from the table; clean his fingers, mouth, and beard, knot the napkin and place it on the table.
This is how the servant knew it was time to clean the table, because in those days, the knotted napkin meant, “I have finished eating.”
But if the Master got up from the table, folded up the napkin and placed it next to his plate, the servant would not dare to touch the table, because the folded napkin meant…
“I WILL BE BACK!”
How amazing! How beautiful!
Christ left us a message in His tomb to say He is coming back…