Napkin

Why did Jesus fold the Napkin?  I was reminded about this just the other day and it triggered an inquiring thought in my mind…

Here is an interesting take on the burial head napkin of Jesus… please forward it on as you feel led!

 

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never really 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 linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.

 

Is that important? Absolutely!

 

Is it really significant? Yes!

 

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 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!’

He is Coming Back!

Now everytime you use a cloth napkin after a meal may you always anticipate His soon return…

 

Time

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Our Time Bank

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning
with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to
keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the
amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do?

Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank.
Its name is TIME and the banker is GOD. Every morning, He credits you
with 86,400 seconds. Every night He writes off, as lost, whatever of
this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day He opens a new account for you. Each night He burns the
records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is
yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”.

You must live in the present on today’s deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost profit for His glory!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

 

 

Forgive

Forgiveness: An Act of Love

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Forgiving those who have wronged us is a tough command to follow. Our human nature finds it easier and more satisfying to hold onto our anger. But as vessels of God’s love, Christians no longer live according to the impulses of the flesh. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, when someone mistreats us, we can not only forgive but also show love to that person.

First Corinthians 13:5 tells us that:

Love does not seek its own. Many people are preoccupied with their “rights.” Yet the idea of entitlements is a worldly construct, not a biblical mandate. That’s not to say we should allow others to take advantage of us; rather, the Bible teaches that our primary concern should be something other than our own interests—namely, we’re to be focused on showing God’s love to our enemy (Matt. 5:44).

Love is not provoked. Maintaining a peaceful spirit when we are irritated is difficult. But the moments when we are persecuted or wronged are precisely the times we most need to be mindful of God’s love flowing through us. Think how often Jesus had to face religious leaders who deliberately provoked Him, and yet, on the cross, He sought the Father’s forgiveness for them, too.

Love does not take into account a wrong suffered. God’s love flowing through us can carry away a hurt done by another person.  But we must allow this to happen instead of holding onto pain.

People will wrong us. But if we have a caring attitude and refuse to be provoked or preoccupied with rights, then we will be able to let go of bitterness and forgive with love.