"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
Scientific facts are no match for supernatural facts. Evidence substantiates fact as it relates to events past and or present. Evidence, in its purest form, reveals the truth in unspoken terms. Evidence, due to tampering, becomes unreliable, rendering the facts of the truth into lies, instantly.
Researching the deeply ingrained burial traditions of various eastern cultures reveals how many traditional burial beliefs and rituals compare and contrast drastically by the region. While stating the obvious does not provide conclusive information, it does provide a smooth segue into our discussion regarding a very controversial subject matter: The burial shroud of Christ.
The Gospel of Matthew, in the twenty-eighth chapter, teaches nothing about Jesus's burial clothes. Instead, Matthew's account teaches us that "... the angel of the Lord ... His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow ... And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Comparatively, the Gospel of Mark also teaches us of an angel dressed in "a long white garment," who invited the women seeking to tend to Jesus's body inside the tomb to see that for themselves that the Lord's body was no longer where he was laid to rest. In Mark's gospel, we learn that Mary Magdalene was first to see Jesus after the resurrection; it does not teach that she was the one who rescued the white linen cloth from the tomb.
The Gospel of Luke enlightens us with a few added details to the events of Jesus's burial. Luke said, "... the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid." Here, Luke makes it known to us that other people were there to witness Jesus's body wrapped in a white linen cloth and laid by Joseph of Arimathea in the tomb. The women, probably after the tomb was closed up went home. But, "upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them." Disturbed to see that Jesus's body was gone, the angel wearing the long white garment told them, "He is not here, but is risen."
The spirit of unbelief stirred within the hearts of Jesus's disciples. Luke writes that it was Peter who rushed to the tomb to see for himself if what Mary Magdalene and the other women had told them was true or not. Seeing the stone rolled away, Peter peered inside and witnessed, "the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass."
The Gospel of John teaches that it was him and Peter who ran to the tomb. John states," ... stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw and believed." Again, none of the gospels reports who rescued Jesus's white linen burial cloth from the grave.
What you have just read is basic biblical research, which, if you are one who studies the Bible, you have undoubtedly read this before. The objective here is not to prove Christ's resurrection; He proved that when He appeared to Mary Magdalene and all the others who witnessed His life after His death. However, the objective here is to show that someone, and we may never learn who, but someone removed the white linen burial cloth from the tomb and preserved it. They knew the blood on the cloth was precious and they cherished it. The same holds true for every individual who had it in their possession until today.
I believe the image of Christ was laser sketched onto the Shroud by the brilliant radiating resurrecting power and glory of God.
I believe this is the portrait of Christ as foretold in Isaiah 53:5.
I believe God intended the Shroud to remain in existence for the world to see the proof of Jesus's horrendous sufferings for our sins.
Like me, you will have to examine the evidence and then choose what you will believe?
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me
Believers know that when Yahweh says anything, it happens; this is just a fact of reality for His children. Like Abraham, we count God’s Word to him “as righteousness,” and we live our lives trusting and believing what He said. And whenever we read the Holy Scriptures, we rejoice in knowing that the Word, as spoken by the LORD, is alive and continues to become manifested today and into forevermore.
“And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered” (Genesis 13:16). In this passage, Yahweh provided a standard by which His Word could be measured. Numbering the dust of the earth is an impossible task for ASA, and all of its high-tech
(Genesis 15:5).“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be”
(Gen. 22:17).“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies…”
According to menshealth.com, "50 million sperm are discharged during just one ejaculation in a normal healthy male.” As we are led to believe, presumably, it is possible for man to apply a number to the count of sperm that expels from the body of one man. According to the Population Reference Bureau, there are “7,197,990,090 ” plus recorded births in the world. This number increases by the second daily, nevertheless, every human being born, is not of the seed of Abraham.