Perhaps we should pause at this point to remind ourselves that our Messiah, Himself, was a Jewish rabbi. He kept the Torah (the first five books of the Scriptures) perfectly and wore a talit with tzitzit on it’s four corners from the age of twelve until it was stripped from Him when He was “impaled on the tree”. His talit (translated usually as “robe”, or “garment”) was described as being of exceptional quality. In the days of Y’hoshua (J–sus) the most expensive talit were seamless (John 19:23–24). It is also recorded that at the time of His death the Roman soldiers cast lots to see who would get to keep His talit. Since it would have been a disgrace for a rabbi to be buried without his prayer shawl, it was, therefore, common knowledge that the disciples would pay many times it’s normal value to buy it back in order that it could be draped over His face at the time of His burial. It is this writer’s opinion that the cloth item, which was translated as a “napkin”(“suda’ rion”), that was placed over the Savior’s face at His burial was not a “napkin” at all, but His talit.
In the Tanak, the talit is prophesied as having healing powers in the hands of the Messiah to come as fulfilled in the New Testament. Malachi 4:2 says: “But to you who fear My Name (Yahweh), the Son of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (His tzitzit).” Here the Hebrew word for “wings” is “k’nafim”, the same word used for the corners of a talit. We also find that in Luke 8: 42–48 the woman with the issue of blood touched His tzitzit (translated as the “hem of His garment”) and was healed immediately. Although a crowd of people was pressing in on Him at the time, He felt healing power go out of Him through His tzitzit, and He said: “Who touched me?” It is notable that Yahoshua (J–sus) associated her touching His tzitzit with the touching of Himself personally. Mattithyahu (Matthew 14: 35–36) says: “—and begging Him to only touch the tzitzit of His talit (translated as “hem of His garment”). And as many as touched it were completely healed.” How significant it is that EVERY person who touched the Savior’s tzitzit was healed ! Back in the days of Yahoshua it took faith to reach out and touch a few strings hanging from the garment of the Savior, but the same principle is true for all mankind even today. By faith anyone can seek the Messiah and receive salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life.
Yahoshua did not need to use His tzitzit at all. He had the power to simply speak and whom ever He wished would be healed, even at great distances. (Luke 7:1–10) Yet, much of His healing was done with His tzitzit in order that, in everything, the Heavenly Father, who’s name was “written” in the tzitzit, would be glorified rather than Himself. There is no doubt that Yahoshua’s talit played an important role in His healing ministry.
Our Creator wanted it to be clear that any healing power found in the tzitzit of the Messiah, was from Himself, Yahweh. Thus He provided that the spelling of the Sacred Name in the tzitzit be accomplished by the work of the “servant thread”, which symbolized Yahoshua, His Son. Here is a perfect example of the “unity” of the Father and the Son. Even the Name, Yahoshua (or the shorter, less formal Name, Yahshua) means “Salvation of Yahweh”.
The Book of Revelation speaks dramatically of the risen Messiah who is wearing His tallit (translated as “robe”) with the tzitzit on it’s corners when He shall some day ride a white horse toward the earth to triumphantly judge the wicked and to establish His “millennium”, a reign of one thousand year on the earth. (Revelation 19:13–16) Notice, that in verse 16, it says: “And on His talit (robe) and on His thigh, He has a Name written.” It should be noted that when one wears a talit, the tzitzit on the front two corners of the garment lie directly on the thighs of the person wearing them. Some Christians reading this passage think that there is a tattoo on His thigh. However, the mystery is easily solved when the reader learns that the “Name” on His thigh is His tzitzit and the name on the tzitzit is Yahweh ! In Heaven, our Messiah is STILL wearing His Prayer Shawl and His tzitzit. Please pause and think about the significance of this statement as it relates to every believer. How faithful is our Messiah !