Dec 23 2009

I don’t plan on coming back…

Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. 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. – John 20:6-7

In Hebrew tradition, if you are invited to someone’s home and you feel welcomed, it is customary to crumple your napkin after your meal and leave it on the table. This is a sign to your hosts that you enjoyed yourself and that you plan to return to their home again. If however you did not enjoy yourself, you would neatly fold the napkin and leave it on the table as a sign that you did not enjoy yourself or find your hosts very hospitable and that you did not plan on returning.

The scripture says that the cloth in Jesus’ tomb was found to be folded up by itself. What an amazing statement this would have made to the 2 Mary’s and the disciples who visited the tomb that morning. It was as if Jesus was saying, I didn’t enjoy my time in the tomb, I didn’t find death hospitable, and I don’t plan on returning!