Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? 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 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. Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’ Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side. Was that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes! In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. 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!”
Below are facts on How Jesus Died For You. I do not think that we really understand how much Jesus did for us.
Crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300 BC, and perfected by the Romans in 100 BC.
1. It is the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term “excruciating.”
2. It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of male criminals.
3. Jesus was stripped naked and His clothing divided by the Roman guards. This was in fulfillment of Psalm 22:18, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
4. The Crucifixion of Jesus guaranteed a horrific, slow, painful death.
5. Jesus’ knees were flexed at about 45 degrees, and He was forced to bear His weight with the muscles of His thigh, which is not an anatomical position which is possible to maintain for more than a few minutes without severe cramp in the muscles of the thigh and calf.
6. Jesus’ weight was borne on His feet, with nails driven through them. As the strength of the muscles of Jesus’ lower limbs tired, the weight of His body had to be transferred to His wrists, His arms, and His shoulders.
7. Within a few minutes of being placed on the Cross, Jesus’ shoulders were dislocated. Minutes later Jesus’ elbows and wrists became dislocated.
8. The result of these upper limb dislocations is that His arms were 9 inches longer than normal, as clearly shown on the Shroud.
9. In addition prophecy was fulfilled in Psalm 22:14, “I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint.”
10. After Jesus’ wrists, elbows, and shoulders were dislocated, the weight of His body on his upper limbs caused traction forces on the Pectoralis Major muscles of His chest wall.
11. These traction forces caused His rib cage to be pulled upwards and outwards, in a most unnatural state. His chest wall was permanently in a position of maximal respiratory inspiration. In order to exhale, Jesus was physiologically required to force His body.
12. In order to breathe out, Jesus had to push down on the nails in His feet to raise His body, and allow His rib cage to move downwards and inwards to expire air from His lungs.
13. His lungs were in a resting position of constant maximum inspiration. Crucifixion is a medical catastrophe.
14. The problem was that Jesus could not easily push down on the nails in His feet because the muscles of His legs, bent at 45 degrees, were extremely fatigued, in severe cramp, and in an anatomically compromised position.
15. Unlike all Hollywood movies about the Crucifixion, the victim was extremely active. The crucified victim was physiologically forced to move up and down the cross, a distance of about 12 inches, in order to breathe.
16. The process of respiration caused excruciating pain, mixed with the absolute terror of asphyxiation.
17. As the six hours of the Crucifixion wore on, Jesus was less and less able to bear His weight on His legs, as His thigh and calf muscles became increasingly exhausted. There was increasing dislocation of His wrists, elbows and shoulders, and further elevation of His chest wall, making His breathing more and more difficult. Within minutes of crucifixion Jesus became severely dyspnoeic (short of breath).
18. His movements up and down the Cross to breathe caused excruciating pain in His wrist, His feet, and His dislocated elbows and shoulders.
19. The movements became less frequent as Jesus became increasingly exhausted, but the terror of imminent death by asphyxiation forced Him to continue in His efforts to breathe.
20. Jesus’ lower limb muscles developed excruciating cramp from the effort of pushing down on His legs, to raise His body, so that He could breathe out, in their anatomically compromised position.
21. The pain from His two shattered median nerves in His wrists exploded with every movement.
22. Jesus was covered in blood and sweat.
23. The blood was a result of the Scourging that nearly killed Him, and the sweat as a result of His violent involuntary attempts to effort to expire air from His lungs. Throughout all this He was completely naked, and the leaders of the Jews, the crowds, and the thieves on both sides of Him were jeering, swearing and laughing at Him. In addition, Jesus’ own mother was watching.
24. Physiologically, Jesus’ body was undergoing a series of catastrophic and terminal events.
25. Because Jesus could not maintain adequate ventilation of His lungs, He was now in a state of hypo-ventilation (inadequate ventilation).
26. His blood oxygen level began to fall, and He developed Hypoxia (low blood oxygen). In addition, because of His restricted respiratory movements, His blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level began to rise, a condition known as Hypercritical.
27. This rising CO2 level stimulated His heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen, and the removal of CO2.
28. The Respiratory Center in Jesus’ brain sent urgent messages to his lungs to breathe faster, and Jesus began to pant.
29. Jesus’ physiological reflexes demanded that He took deeper breaths, and He involuntarily moved up and down the Cross much faster, despite the excruciating pain. The agonizing movements spontaneously started several times a minute, to the delight of the crowd who jeered Him, the Roman soldiers, and the Sanhedrin.
30. However, due to the nailing of Jesus to the Cross and His increasing exhaustion, He was unable to provide more oxygen to His oxygen starved body.
31. The twin forces of Hypoxia (too little oxygen) and Hypercapnia (too much CO2) caused His heart to beat faster and faster, and Jesus developed Tachycardia.
32. Jesus’ heart beat faster and faster, and His pulse rate was probably about 220 beats/minute, the maximum normally sustainable.
33. Jesus had drunk nothing for 15 hours, since 6 pm the previous evening. Jesus had endured a scourging which nearly killed Him.
34. He was bleeding from all over His body following the Scourging, the crown of thorns, the nails in His wrists and feet, and the lacerations following His beatings and falls.
35. Jesus was already very dehydrated, and His blood pressure fell alarmingly.
36. His blood pressure was probably about 80/50.
37. He was in First Degree Shock, with Hypovolaemia (low blood volume), Tachycardia (excessively fast Heart Rate), Tachypnoea (excessively fast Respiratory Rate), and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
38. By about noon Jesus’ heart probably began to fail.
39. Jesus’ lungs probably began to fill up with Pulmonary Oedema.
40. This only served to exacerbate His breathing, which was already severely compromised.
41. Jesus was in Heart Failure and Respiratory Failure.
42. Jesus said, “I thirst” because His body was crying out for fluids.
43. Jesus was in desperate need of an intravenous infusion of blood and plasma to save His life
44. Jesus could not breathe properly and was slowly suffocating to death.
45. At this stage Jesus probably developed a Hemopericardium.
46. Plasma and blood gathered in the space around His heart, called the Pericardium.
47. This fluid around His heart caused Cardiac Tamponade (fluid around His heart, which prevented Jesus’ heart from beating properly).
48. Because of the increasing physiological demands on Jesus’ heart, and the advanced state of Hemopericardium, Jesus probably eventually sustained Cardiac Rupture. His heart literally burst. This was probably the cause of His death.
49. To slow the process of death the soldiers put a small wooden seat on the Cross, which would allow Jesus the “privilege” of bearing His weight on his sacrum.
50. The effect of this was that it could take up to nine days to die on a Cross.
51. When the Romans wanted to expedite death they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing the victim to suffocate in a matter of minutes. This was called Crurifragium.
52. At three o’clock in the afternoon Jesus said, “Tetelestai,” meaning, “It is finished.” At that moment, He gave up His Spirit, and He died.
53. When the soldiers came to Jesus to break His legs, He was already dead. Not a bone of His body was broken, in fulfillment of prophecy (above).
54. Jesus died after six hours of the most excruciating and terrifying torture ever invented.
55. Jesus died so that ordinary people like you and me could go to Heaven.
Jesus came to die and destroy Satan’s power – Heb. 2:14
Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets – Matt. 5:17
Jesus came to give life – John 10:10,28
Jesus came to taste death for everyone – Heb. 2:9
Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers – Luke 4:18
Jesus claimed to be God – John 8:24; 8:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14);10:30-33
Jesus created all things – John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17
Jesus is before all things – Col. 1:17
Jesus is eternal – John 1:1,14;8:5 8
Jesus is honored the same as the Father – John 5:23
Jesus is prayed to – Acts 7:54-60
Jesus is worshipped – Matt. 2:2,8,11;14:33;28:9,17 John 9:35-37
Jesus is called God – John 1:1,14;20:28 Col. 2:9 Tit. 2:13
Jesus is omnipresent – Matt 28:20
Jesus is with us always – Matt. 28:20
Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves – 1 Tim 2:5
Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant – Heb. 7:22;8:6
Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life” – John 6:35,41,48,51
Jesus said, “I A M the Door” – John 10:7,9
Jesus said, “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11,14
Jesus said, “I AM the Way the Truth and The Life” – John 14:6
Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the world” – John 8:12;9:5;12:46; Luke
2:32 Jesus said, “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1;15:5
Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25
Jesus said, “I AM the First and the Last” – Rev 1:17;2:8;22:13
Jesus always lives to make intercession for us – Heb. 7:25
Jesus cleanses from sin – 1 John 1 :9 –
Jesus discloses Himself to us – John 14:21
Jesus draws all men to Himself – John 12:32
Jesus forgives sins – Luke 5:20;7:48
Jesus gives eternal life – John 10:28;5:40
Jesus gives joy – John 15:11
Jesus gives peace – John 14:27
Jesus has authority – Matt. 28:18; John 5:26-27;17:2;3:35
Jesus judges – John 5:22,27
Jesus knows all men – John 16:30
Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture – Luke 24:45
Jesus received honor and glory from the Father – 2 Pet 1:17
Jesus r esurrects – John 5:39;11:25-26;6:40,44,54
Jesus reveals grace and truth – John 1:17 see John 6:45
Jesus reveals the Father – Matt. 11:27 Luke 10:22
Jesus saves forever – Matt 18:11 John 10:28 Heb. 7:25
Jesus bears witness of Himself – John 8:18;14:6
Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself – John 5:36;10:25
The Father bears witness of Jesus – John 5:37;8:18; 1 John 5:9
The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus – John 15:26
The multitudes bear witness of Jesus – John 12:17
The Prophets be ar witness of Jesus – Acts 10:43
The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus – John 5:39
The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus – John 12:26 see Col. 3:24
The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus – I Cor 1:9
The Father tells us to listen to Jesus – Luke 9:35; Matt. 17:5
The Father tells us to come to Jesus – John 6:45
The Father draws us to Jesus – John 6:44
Everyone who’s heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus – John 6:45
The Law leads us to Christ – Gal. 3:24
Je sus is the Rock – 1 Cor. 10:4
Jesus is the Savior – John 4:42 1 John 4:14 Jesus is King – Matt. 2:1-6 Luke 23:3
In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Col. 2:2-3
In Jesus we have been made completeCol. 2:10
Jesus indwells us – Col. 1:27
Jesus sanctifies – Heb. 2:11
Jesus loves – Eph. 5:25
We come to Jesus – John 5:40;7:37;6:35,37,45,65
We sin against Jesus – 1 Cor 8:12
We receive Jesus – John 1:12 Col. 2:6
Jesus makes many righteous – Rom 5:19
Jesus is the i mage of the invisible God – Heb. 1:3
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit – John 15:26
Jesus abides forever – Heb. 7:24
Jesus offered up Himself – Heb7:27;9:14
Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time – Heb. 10:12
The Son of God has given us understanding – 1 John 5:20
Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith – Heb. 12:2
Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession – Heb. 1:3
The Son of God has given us understanding – 1 John 5:20
Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood – Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9
Jesus is the Light of the world – John 9:5
Jesus has explained the Father – John 1:18
Jesus was crucified because of weakness – 2 Cor. 13:4
Jesus has overcome the world – John 16:33
Truth is in Jesus – Eph. 4:21
The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ – Phil. 1:11
Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come – 1 Thess 1:10
Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ – John 15:27
Jesus died and rose again – 1 Thess. 4:14
The Christian dead ha ve fallen asleep in Jesus – 1 Thess. 4:15
Jesus died for us – 1 Thess. 5:10
Jesus tasted death for everyone – Heb. 2:9
Jesus rendered the devil powerless – Heb. 2:14
Jesus is able to save completely – Heb. 7:25
Jesus was a ransom for many and to serve – Matt. 20:28
Jesus came to be a priest – Heb. 2:17
Jesus came to save – John 3:17; Luke 19:10
Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God – Luke 4:43
Jesus came to bring division – Luke 12:51
Jesus came to do the will of the Father – John 6:38
Jesus came to give the Father’s words – John 17:8
Jesus came to testify to the truth – John 18:3