Body of Christ Ministries
Winter Garden, FL 34778
The picture you see above was taken by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) in 1978, in the church of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. The Shroud is a linen cloth 14‘ 3“ long by 3‘ 7” wide. On this cloth is an imprint of a man with a beard, long hair, who is well built being almost 6‘ in height. Most unusual is that he has all the markings of one who was scourged (whipped) and crucified, in a position of death. It is a double imprint, one showing the form of the man where the cloth was apparently draped over him and the other his back, whereupon he laid. There is no other rendering of such an image of a man on cloth in the world. Many believe it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Others do not.
The Shroud of Turin came to Italy in 1694. Prior to this, it was located in the chapel of Saint Chapelle, Chambery France, where it survived a fire in 1532. Although scorch marks, holes and water stains gave the impression that the Shroud was forever lost, the image upon it was by and large unblemished.(1)
Prior to the first scientific observations made of the Shroud in the early 1900‘s, few individuals knew of its existence. Then, in May of 1898, photographer Secondo Pia was the first to take pictures of the Shroud during a special exposition. Pia was both shocked and stunned as he gazed upon the glass negative plates he was developing. Instead of a “ghostly” image that negatives usually impart, the image of the Shroud showed greater detail, definition, depth and even relief than the image upon the Shroud itself.
Latest enhancement of Shroud photo, performed in 2012 .
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy where the Shroud is held.
Photo of Secondo Pia, the first to be able to photograph the Shroud.
See enlargements of Pics below
Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went ot Pilate a nd asked for the body of Jeus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth.
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead: and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out fo the rock, where no one had ever laid before.
Luke 23: 50-53
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