The Promise

John 20:7; and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.


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 other 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.

Why? 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 finished.”

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 think so many lose hope in the waiting. I love that women were the first to discover, but the tombstone had been rolled. How exciting. Promises are being fulfilled even today. To know  Gods word is truth, and will never come back void. Today we wait. In your waiting it’s important to give God your heavy burdens. In your waiting it’s important to give him your time. In your waiting don’t grow weary. Stand on Gods word. 




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