Shrouded in Mystery

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 greatest religious mysteries of modern times is 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 will be easily changed about who Jesus truly is, simply by an historical artifact. Just before He went to the cross, Jesus 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 KJV

Yes Jesus did leave us a living artifact behind: and it wasn’t an article of clothing. He left us His spirit to live on the inside us, 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!

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3 thoughts on “Shrouded in Mystery

    • I am a sucker for historical mystery and have avidly watched several television specials about the shroud. I 100% agree with you though. What counts is the living Jesus and not whose shroud this was.

  1. I really love your last paragraph! May I put the emphasis on living out my relationship with Christ through the amazing power of the Holy Spirit in me, that His face will show through me. Thank you, Pete!

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