By Juan R. Rains
Some teachers have explained the "napkin" of John 20:7 as
showing how neat the Messiah was.  They say that even after
His resurrection He took time to neatly fold the headpiece –
which they wrapped His head in – placing it carefully to the

John 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the
sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen
clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the
sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

Undoubtedly, The Messiah had a manly neatness; but there is
a more profound explanation for this scripture.

The impetuous Simon Peter saw the grave clothes as
indicated here, and in Luke 24.12, but the scriptures do not
say that he believed.  John saw the clothes and he did
believe.  What was the difference?  What did John see when
he saw the grave clothes?  What was it about the clothes that
caused  him to believe?

Luke 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and
stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and
departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

John, undoubtedly, was more visually sensitive to his
surroundings than Peter.  His writing of the book of
Revelation would even indicate the he may have had artistic
qualities.  At least, he was more persuaded by what he saw in
this case than Peter was.

The "napkin" mentioned was the head wrapping (John
11.44).  As with Lazarus the face was bound about with a
"napkin" or cloth.  In fact, the indication is that the body
cloth was also wrapped around the body.  Apparently, the
body and head were wrapped with separate pieces of cloth.

John 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot
with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin
(4647).  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

4676 soudarion soudarion soo-dar'-ee-on

of Latin origin; n n

AV-napkin 3, handkerchief 1; 4

1) a handkerchief
2) a cloth for wiping perspiration from the face and for cleaning the
nose and also used in swathing the head of a corpse   

When John looked, he saw that there was only one possible
explanation as to how The Messiah’s body got out of those
clothes!  The clothes had not been touched.  The body clothes
were lying where the body had been; and the headpiece (the
"napkin") was lying separately (in a place by itself) where the
head had been, untouched and folded (wrapped together):
apparently because it had collapsed on itself.  The realization
was so strong with John that he believed that The Messiah
was now alive.  The scene was that He had just vanished out
of the grave clothes!  It was at this moment that John's heart
leaped within him for the realization that God had raised the
                                         The End

Napkin of John 20:7