Day 9 of 31 Days of Hope
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory Colossians 1:27 KJV
One of the great religious mysteries of modern times is the unraveling of the story of the shroud of Turin. The shroud’s history is a bit uncertain though its present location in Turin Italy since 1578 is fairly well accepted. That the shroud carried the images which we know of today was not commonly known till the late 1800’s. There have been films, treatises and television reports made supporting various conclusions about the origins, authenticity and meaning of the shroud. One thing is clear however from the debate: no one’s mind is easily changed about who Jesus truly was by an historical artifact.
Just before Jesus went to the cross rose from the Last Supper table and began to wash His disciples’ feet saying:
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet John 13:14
Yes Jesus did leave us a living artifact behind: He left us His spirit to come to live on the inside where it could never grow old, be destroyed or forgotten. Yes there is a great biblical mystery on display today. But this mystery is not whether the face of Jesus can be seen in the shroud of Turin but rather that His face can be seen in us!