We discussed what popular paintings show as the image of Jesus Christ.
“His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness” (Isaiah 52:14). This verse describes the inhumane treatment that He suffered. The scourging was so horrible that He no longer looked like a human being and He was no longer recognizable!
What about the Shroud of Turin?
“A viewing of the The Shroud of Turin, thought by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will reportedly be televised Saturday on Italian State TV in what is said to be former Pope Benedict XVI’s parting gift to the Catholic Church.” Many look to that as being authentic
But is it? Here is an ABC video about the Shroud of Turin. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/shroud-of-turin-hits-airwaves-amid-new-claims-that-its-real/
Do we really need forensics to prove whether the shroud covered the body of Jesus?
All we really need are the scriptures to tell us the truth! We just read in Isaiah that Jesus would be so horribly scourged and disfigured that He would no longer look like a human being! So on that scripture alone ask the question why would the ‘face’ of what they say is ‘Jesus’ on the shroud look like a man?
Another scripture which proves it is a fake is the one in Luke 24:12: “But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths (plural) lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.”
“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths (plural) lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, (plural) but folded together in a place by itself” (John 20:6-7). This shows you that there was more than one cloth that covered Him and there was a separate handkerchief or cloth wrapped around His head and which was laid in a separate place from the other cloths!
Another fact is that the shroud has an image of a man with long hair. We previously discussed that only those who took a Nazirite Vow did not shave their heads and Christ did not take that vow.
And Paul says, “Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?” (I Corinthians 11:14).
"Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. "For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb;…” (Judges 13:4 &5). This was a prophesy about Samson. The three Holy men in the Scriptures that were under a Nazirite Vow were Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist.
Numbers 6:1-21: These verses explain the vow of a Nazirite.
People for some reason desire a physical thing to look at or to use so they can worship God. However the second Commandment tells us not to make any image that we would use in worship.
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them…” (Exodus 20:4).
With all of this discussion, do you believe that Jesus Christ, our Savior looks like any of the paintings that are shown hanging in homes, churches, billboards, buildings, etc., and that the shroud of Turin was wrapped around His body?
We really don’t know what Christ looked like and obviously His disciples and the scribes did not think it was important for us to know since they never described Him in any of the scriptures.
The most important issue is not what Jesus looked like as a man Who walked this earth, but the reason He came to this earth and why He suffered and died. He did all of this for us because He loves us and wants us to have a part in His Kingdom!
"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34).
For those who would like to know more about our Savior, go to the Life, Hope and Truth website. Life, Hope and Truth