Parallels, Foreshadows, and Illustrations 

In the Bible we see foreshadows of events, such as the crucifixion being foreshadowed by the lifting up of the bronze serpent on the standard.  We see God using nature to illustrate spiritual lessons, such as the grain of wheat falling into the earth, dying, then bearing fruit.  God also uses drama to act out and foreshadow events, such as Abraham and Isaac showing how God would sacrifice His own Son.  He also foreshadows events through prophecy, such as Isaiah 53’s description of the Messiah’s death and resurrection.  Here are examples of parallels, foreshadows, and illustrations of the Shroud:

Elijah’s Mantle – Elijah is taken to heaven in a whirlwind, but drops his mantle.  They look for his body for three days, but only find the mantle (cloth).

Affikomen of the Passover Seder – Of the three matzahs of the Jewish Passover Seder, the middle matzah is broken and put into a cloth napkin called the “Affikomen”.  It is then hidden.  At the end of the Seder, the children are asked to find it.  The one who finds it, is given a reward.  You ask a Jew why they do this?...  They don’t know.  It’s tradition!  We know that  a person who finds the risen Jesus (bread of life), receives a reward.

Sign of Jonah – The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign proving He was the Messiah, but He replied, “a wicked and perverse generation will see no sign, except for the sign of Jonah.  For just as Jonah was in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, so shall the Son of Man be in the belly of the earth for three days and three nights.

Catholic Corporal and Pall--The corporal and the poll of the Catholic Eucharistic altar, is an illustration of the Shroud.  The Vatican has dictated that their church only use white linen for these cloths.  The shroud was made of white linen as well.

Greek/Russian Orthodox Epitahios-- The Greek and Russian Orthodox churches bring a tapestry down the main aisle every Easter.  On the tapestry is a picture of Jesus lying on the shroud banked in flowers.  

Heirloom – When a loved one dies, they may will an item by which to remember them by.  These items are greatly valued… but not worshipped.  Colorado Shroud Inquiry views the Shroud of Turin as an heirloom… and the Eucharist/Lord’s Supper as a means by which we can remember Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection.

Caterpillars, Cocoons, and Butterflies – Jesus’ death and resurrection illustrated in nature by a caterpillar who weaves a cocoon, later to emerge as a butterfly.  The cocoon looks much like a shroud.

Receipts – We don’t often think much of receipts as cashiers hand them to us, (except perhaps at tax time when we may have to produce them for accountability).  Receipts show that something has been paid for.  I sometimes think the Shroud is the world’s largest receipt.  It shows that our sins have been paid for.  We have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus.