About a year ago I saw an amazing program on the History Channel called The Real Face of Jesus? where Ray Downing, from Studio Macbeth, took the image of the Shroud of Turin and through a series complex computer programs was able to recreate the face in three dimensions.
This was no easy task. The image on the Shroud is distorted by how the cloth lain over the body. All of this had to be taken into consideration. The end result was an amazing image, shown below:
Flash forward to a few weeks ago where I’m reading a book called Heaven is for Real about a four year old boy named Colton who died due to a burst appendectomy and was brought back to life. The parents were surprised to hear of his stories of angels and Jesus. Over the course of the next few years Colton’s parents would glean more and more detail from his extraordinary trip.
Since Colton had said he had met Jesus, whenever Colton’s Dad would come across a painting of Jesus he would show it to Colton and ask him if this is what Jesus really looked like.
He dismissed all of them until he saw a painting called The Prince of Peace, painted by a child prodigy named Akiane. When he saw that painting, Colton just stopped and stared, then said “Yeah, that’s him.” He was especially drawn to Jesus’ eyes in the painting, which Colton said did a great job of expressing the love he saw when he met him.
Here’s the painting of The Prince of Peace…
Akiane’s story is also amazing. She was the child of atheistic parents. They did not believe in God. They never prayed or talked about God.
That all changed when Akiane had a vision of God when she was three.
She started talking about God and began sketching at age four. When she was eight she painted The Prince of Peace. She now speaks four languages, paints, writes poetry and lives to do God’s work.
When I looked at her painting, I was reminded of Ray Downing’s work. They looked alike… it made me wonder…
So, I took both pictures and made them the same size. The only other thing I did was to align the tips of the noses to the same spot.
They were a perfect match. Take a look…
Now, we can’t say for sure that this is the face of Jesus, but if it matches the Shroud, the vision of a prodigy and the personal experience of another child who had a near-death experience… well, it just may be.
We’ll all have to wait and see…
For more information on Ray Downing and Akiane and Colton’s story, you can visit their sites by clicking on the links: