Donna Danna (13 Nov 2010)
"THE FOLDED BURIAL NAPKIN OF JESUS' & THE BURIAL NAPKIN OVER LAZARUS' FACE"


This is in reply to the Folded Napkin post at http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/nov2010/suzi1112-1.htm  In regards to the folded napkin found in the tomb of Jesus after He was resurrected from the dead according to John 20:6-7, "the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself."  However, when the Lord Jesus Christ had previously resurrected Lazarus from the dead, according to John 11:43-44 "And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him and let him go." 
 
So I don't  believe that someone preparing Jesus body for burial removed the napkin covering His face, and folded it up. Either Jesus folded it up or one of the two angels in shining white garments did who looked like men. (Luke 24:4, John 20:12)  Jesus' face would also have been covered with a napkin when His body was placed in the tomb just like Lazarus face was covered with a napkin when his body was prepared for burial.  The difference being that Lazarus was resurrected to life in his mortal body bound in his burial clothes with the napkin over his face which someone had to remove from his face after he came forth from the tomb, and Jesus was resurrected to life in His immortal body with no need for the linen clothes that He was buried in because His resurrected immortal body was wearing a heavenly raiment.  Jesus in His immortal body would have been able to pass through the stone rolled over the tomb's door or through the roof of the tomb so maybe He folded the napkin that had been over His face before leaving His tomb.