The burial cloth covering our Lord’s face was removed and neatly and carefully folded and placed where He had been laid. This is interesting because the wealthy Roman’s And Hebrews had a very practical and a bit unusual tradition. When a noble man would eat dinner and chose to leave the table he would do one of two things to let his servants know what he wanted them to do. If he left the napkin crumpled on the table, it signaled the servants to clean of the table because the master was finished. However, if he folded the napkin neatly and left it on the table this would tell the servants to wait because the master was not finished and he was going to return.
In like manner when Jesus folded the napkin that covered his face, He was saying, in a very profound way, I am returning and we should expectantly wait.