Discovery of the true face of Jesus Christ
Is this the true face of Jesus Christ?
DISCOVERY OF THE TRUE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST
The image above is the image on the famous shroud of Turin, perhaps the most famous Christian relic of all but is this Jesus? Medical experts have examined the shroud in detail and shown how the wounds, the trajectory of blood flow and the like are anatomically correct and reflect a person badly abused and crucified. Although there is a lot of controversy about it but the most interesting thing is that the image of the shroud is a photographic negative and in itself appears to be the result of the scorch on the cloth from some high intensity light and heat. It can be said with confidence that the shroud image is neither painted nor stained on the shroud (the depth of the image is so shallow that this suggestion do not work.
The image on this shroud has been a mystery, its unique of all the Christian relics found in the museums. How did the image get on the cloth, where did the shroud come from for that matters what is its relationship to the bloody facial cloth housed in a church in Spain that seems to have the very same image on it.
On one hand the New Testament writers were not interested in nor do they describe what Jesus looked like, not once or anywhere. But what counted in Jesus world was the content of one’s character not the physical features. The gospel helps us to know the real Jesus but do not satisfy our curiosity about what he looked like.
Fredrick buechner wrote a fabulous and beautiful book about this called the faces of Jesus. In it he says the following “whoever he was or was not, whoever he thought he was, whoever he has become in the memories of men since and will go on becoming for as long as men remember him… exalted, sentimentalized, debunked, made and remade to the measure of each generations desire, dread, indifference. He was a man once, whatever else he may have been, and had a man’s face, a human face… take it or leave it, if nothing else it is at least a face we would know anywhere- a face we somehow belong to. Like the faces of people we love, it has become so familiar that unless we take pains we hardly see it whole, see it whole, see it too for what it is just possible that it will become: the face of Jesus is the face of our own secret and innermost destiny. The face of Jesus is our face.
Let us suppose that the stories told about Christ death is true, and Jesus rose from the dead, proving that at least one dead man did tell tales thereafter was seen walking after his execution.
Suppose in a blaze of light and glory Jesus emerged from the tomb, leaving a scorched negative image on his burial shroud. Suppose Joseph of arimathea who owned the tomb or some other disciples preserved this remarkable portrait of man once crucified. How did the images of so many Middle Eastern flowers get on the shroud? How is it that the weave of the loath comports with what we know of another ancient Jewish burial shrouds? How is it that the wounds on the shroud are correctly going through the wrist rather than the palms? How is it that the brow of the browbeaten man shows signs of being pierced and scratched by a crown of thorns and not just any thorn but from the Jerusalem saber plant?
In the 21st century, an age of computer screen, films etc. we may be forced to ask what did he look like? Did he rise from the dead? If these are your questions, perhaps the man shrouded in the mystery on the Turin shroud can help us to count the cost of crucifixion and see our redemption face to face. This is what Christ did for you; his sufferings must not be in vain in your life. Accept him today as your lord and personal saviour and become born again. Whatever controversy exist whether this is his face or not, we know that while we see through a glass dimly and darkly now, one day we will see him face to face….