The Folded Napkin

The Folded Napkin

Theme: The Folded Napkin

(Jewish Tradition)

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew the 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 prepare perfectly, and 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 done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe himself, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. In Hebrew tradition, 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!”   “I’M COMING BACK!”

(John 20:1-7) 1. Early on 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. 2. 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 we don't know where they have put Him!" 3. Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn't go in. 6. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7. While the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. (NLT)

My friends, our Lord Jesus is coming back like he said he would. This month we will be studying “Eschatology” which means “the last things” come and join us for God’s Word!