Of all the pictures I’ve seen of Jesus, this is my favorite. It is not only a picture, but I think it is a portrait. Jesus must have had a superb photographer who knew how to produce a photographic negative on the superificial fibers of a linen cloth centuries ago. This is the face of the crucified man depicted on the Shroud of Turin.

There are people who actually do not think there ever was a historical person in the first century A.D. called Jesus. They can accept Plato. Aristotle. Caesar. But not Jesus.  What are they afraid of?  That he might speak to their hearts?

I’ve written about the Shroud before – here and here.

A new study of the Shroud of Turin has led to the suggestion that it was created by a huge burst of energy accompanying the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The image of the bearded man on the shroud must therefore have been created by ‘some form of electromagnetic energy (such as a flash of light at short wavelength)’, their report concludes. But it stops short of offering a non-scientific explanation.
Professor Paolo Di Lazzaro, who led the study, said: ‘When one talks about a flash of light being able to colour a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things such as miracles.

‘But as scientists, we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes. We hope our results can open up a philosophical and theological debate.’
For centuries, people have argued about the authenticity of the shroud, which is kept in a climate-controlled case in Turin cathedral.

One of the most controversial relics in the Christian world, it bears the faint image of a man whose body appears to have nail wounds to the wrists and feet.

Some believe it to be a physical link to Jesus of Nazareth. For others, however, it is nothing more than an elaborate forgery.

That research was disputed, however, because there was a possibility of contamination from patches of cloth that had been sewn on following a fire in Chambery, France, in 1532That research was disputed, however, because there was a possibility of contamination from patches of cloth that had been sewn on following a fire in Chambery, France, in 1532

The Resurrection of Christ, 1463-65, fresco by Piero della Francesca: The Vatican - which owns the Turin shroud - shies away from statements over whether it is real or fake, but says it helps to explore the 'darkest mysteries of faith'The Resurrection of Christ, 1463-65, fresco by Piero della Francesca: The Vatican – which owns the Turin shroud – shies away from statements over whether it is real or fake, but says it helps to explore the ‘darkest mysteries of faith’
Carbon dating tests carried out in 1988 in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona suggested that the shroud was created some time between 1260 and 1390Carbon dating tests carried out in 1988 in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona suggested that the shroud was created some time between 1260 and 1390
Here is a link to  site which purports to show that Michaelangelo, unknowingly, imbedded in the Sistine Chapel frescoes an encoded image of Jesus which is the same as the one on the shroud.