Posted by: theedwardsfam | April 10, 2009


Here are a couple of things I’ve come across from friends that were interesting that add a little bit to the crucifixion…I’m not positive they are true…but nonetheless interesting! :)

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?
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 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 linenwrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.
Was that important? Absolutely!
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have tounderstand 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!’

The Sign on the Cross!

Since you and I and most Christians aren’t Jews, we often run the risk of missing the point when it comes to a lot of “cultural” or “language” issues in the scripture. This is why it is very important to take a close look at exactly what is going on anytime the Pharisees or the Jewish crowd get upset over something related to Jesus. In this particular case, there was a very big reason that the Pharisees wanted the sign changed. In the Hebrew, the sign read as follows:
ישוע הנצרי ומלך היהודים

Keep in mind that Hebrew reads from right to left…I highlighted the first letter of each word red. This phrase transliterates as “Yeshua Hanozri Wumelech Haiehudim” as I titled the e-mail. The ancient Jews were very aware of acrostics…they were used extensively. In this particular case, the acrostic is YHWH…the unpronouncible name of God. We would pronounce it “Jehovah.” This sign was declaring Jesus to be God! I’m not saying that Pilate truly believed that when he wrote this, but he would have known full well that it would upset the Pharisees.

Praise Him for what He did today…but not just today! Live your life everyday in remembrance Jesus on the cross for your sin and for mine! :)


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