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 By: Ms.CiCi

The Burial Cloth - Did you ever wonder and think: Just 'why' did Jesus fold up this cloth and lay it, separated from the other linen after His resurrection?

Or perhaps you have read the account in Holy Writ, the Holy Bible, and simply didn't pay much attention to it. If so, I have a wonderful revelation for you!

Holy Writ states, "Then Simon Peter . . . arrived and went into the garden tomb, in the Garden of Gethsemane. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen." (Gospel of John 20:6,7 NIV).


This burial cloth had been placed over the face of Jesus just before His burial in the tomb. Traditionally, in accordance with Jewish burial customs the strips of linen, cloth seperate from the burial cloth over the face, had been wrapped around Jesus' body before burial in the tomb. While the strips of linen were simply lying there, the cloth that had covered the face of Jesus was folded up by itself, seperated from the grave clothes, the strips of linen. Jesus had put aside His strips of linen and had taken the time to fold up his burial cloth and set it apart from the strip of linen. Why? Why does Holy Writ emphasize the importance of this, taking an entire verse to tell us about it? What is the importance? Is it significant? Keep reading for an amazing revelation!


In order to understand the significance of the folded cloth, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition. The folded napkin had to do with a clear message between a Master and his Servant. Every Jewish person knows this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for his master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. After the table was perfectly furnished perfectly then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating. The servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

When the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth and clean his beard. The master would then wad up that napkin into a ball and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. The wadded napkin give the clear message, saying, "I'm done."

However, 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. The folded cloth give this clear message, saying, "I'm not finished yet. I'm coming back!"


For those who are familiar with Holy Writ, or the Holy Bible, understand, know and believe that indeed, it is very true: Jesus, Y'Shua, is coming back! ~ Ms.CiCi ~

NOTE: Originally, when I wrote and published this article the response was indeed overwhelming!  One question kept arising from various "person's of the cloth" who wanted to use it in a sermon, and asked for the 'source' of the contained information.  I must admit not only was I surprised, but equally saddened. 

Perhaps, being a Jewess, I did have a bit of an 'cultural information edge.'  However, it was nothing more than anyone could learn for themselves had one just taken the time to prayerfully study the Word and do a bit of cultural research.  


In our fast paced society I feel many of our "spiritual leaders" have, or are, falling into the trap of (even) wanting sermons handed to them on a "fast paced platter."  It  is my personal belief that when anyone stands before an audience/congregation, that the speaker should be the 'expert' of the topic they are going to speak about; that speaker should feel confident that they know more about the topic than the majority of those in his/her audience/congregation.   And, this type of 'expertise' can only come as a result of: "quality" reading, study of the Word and PRAYER.  ~ Ms.CiCi ~




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