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The face of Jesus of Nazareth is found on the Turin Shroud.

Dispute it if you will, that face is Jesus.

On it we see the beating given in the garden of Gethsemane, the subsequent bruises inflicted when Jesus was taken before the Sanhedrin, the wounds suffered under the Roman soldiers and the marks on the scalp from the crown (cap) of thorns.

We are the body of Christ. For that face look to Matthew and THE LAST JUDGEMENT:

Matthew 25:31-46 King James Version (KJV)

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A31-46&version=KJV

The slaves of the empire were among the first to understand the message of Jesus. Paul writes that we are all the slaves of God. Too many translators bowdlerize that to “servants.”

Paul also writes that a slave of God is higher than any king on earth which is something kings did not care to hear and do not care to hear. James, after whom our King James Bible is named, did not care for God being higher than him at all.

Paul was astute and pragmatic enough to know he’d get nowhere arguing against slavery.

He states however that those slave masters are themselves the slaves of God and also that their slaves are also their brothers and sisters in Christ. That took balls. Paul had them.

John begins his gospel with this stirring (and much ignored) profession: “10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His [c]own, and His [d]own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [e]right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God means what it says. Contrary to popular belief Jesus is not the only begotten child of God. He is the FIRST of the begotten children of God (we are told that in Heaven there is neither male nor female).

The slaves understood that too.

Through Jesus they, the lowest of the low, became equal not only to their earthly masters but also to their/our unearthly master, God.

That was and is the message of Jesus. It was true when first delivered. It is true now.

As such we are to expect to be treated as he, himself, was treated.

In other words we can expect this world to do its worst to us.

We say as Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.”

They don’t.

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.–Reg Hartt

https://poets.org/poem/present-crisis

A negative picture of THE SHROUD OF TURIN gives us a positive picture of the man whose body is imprinted on it.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/07/09/why-didnt-they-call-the-siu-the-verdicts-in-now-the-investigation-into-how-toronto-police-handled-dafonte-millers-assault-can-finally-begin.html . For the face of Christ look to the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the naked, the sick, the jailbird, the stranger. Dafonte Miller is one of the faces of the body of Christ.

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