Suzi (12 Nov
"Re: Folded Napkin"
I have never heard that before.
had assumed that the 'face cloth' that was placed on the face of our
dead Beloved Lord was done so out of respect, and He was carried away
with it covering His face.
But, when He was laid in the tomb
with the longer linen cloth that was meant to cover His entire body,
the face cloth was removed. I had just thought that someone, who loved
Him, had lovingly folded that cloth and laid it aside. Remember, they
had not had time to do a proper preparation for His body, so they were
going to come back, so leaving the cloth aside would not have been
What makes me believe that it was not on His face when
he resurrected was that it was not with the rumpled 'shroud' because it
was laying aside, folded. The cloth that was wrapped around His body
seems, by the description, to have been in a state consistent with
someone just 'vanishing' from within.
Another thing, and this
takes the faith to believe that the Shroud of Turin and the Oviedo
cloth in Spain were the actual fabric that were used to cover our Lord
and the 'napkin' or smaller cloth that covered His face immediately
after being taken down from the cross. The 'napkin' was NOT a 'dinner
napkin', but just a smaller piece of cloth that would have covered his
face/head. Now, the reason I feel that this smaller cloth was NOT
wrapped around or over His face at the time of the resurrection is
because the 'aged' image design that is on the Shroud are not on the
'face cloth'. The face cloth does have the blood and serum stains
similar to the shroud cloth, but NOT the strange 'radiation/age/burn'
type designs that give us a look at the true face of Jesus. These
images are not pigment, not literal burns, but they are a form of
'light induced aging' (just like old books get a darker/yellow look
over time and exposure to light). The face cloth does NOT have that
kind of image, but the blood stains are nearly a perfect match to the
blood stains on the shroud.
Also, the 'Jewish custom' mentioned
in this story does not seem to be true (upon my quick search)...so I do
not believe that Jesus stopped and folded a 'napkin', since, for one,
it was not a 'dinner/mealtime' napkin as the story implies, and I
believe the face cloth was removed by those handling His body. Most
likely to entomb it with His remains, since His blood was on the fabric
and would be considered part of him to 'go to the grave'. I know there
are a lot of customs about handling the dead and the handling of blood
and such, so I don't think it was until it was a proven fact that He
was indeed ALIVE that the cloths were kept as a form of witness.
It is a nice story, and yes, He IS coming back...but then, He did soon after those cloths were found in that empty tomb.
Just my POV.