When Jacob Simmons and his finance Gentry Lee Sutherland found a Wal-Mart receipt on the floor of their home, they were stunned to find that the receipt had the resemblance of Jesus Christ on it. KARE 11 News reported that when the couple asked Wal-Mart how this could image could have appeared, they were told heat was the only thing that could have cause the image. At church that previous Sunday, the message to their congregation was to challenge the church members by asking them, “If you know God, would you recognize him if you saw him?” The couple accepted the appearance of Christ on the receipt as a religious sign.
This is not the first time religious figures have been seen on objects.
According to the Iber-Press, in December 2010, Toby Elles from Lancaster, England, was trying out his cooking skills and fell asleep with a skillet on the stove. The result was a burned pan with the likeness of Christ burned into its bottom. He states that his life was spared because the heat of the pan on the stove could have started a deadly fire. Elles said, “If it wasn’t for the smoke of the bacon burning this onto the pan it could have been a very bad situation, perhaps someone’s looking over me.”
Jesus’ image has also appeared on food. Zimbio shows several images of Jesus on a potato chip, a cheese sandwich and a fish stick. According to the site, some of the people who found these images were comforted and inspired by the clear likeness of Jesus’ image on the food. Realizing the opportunity to make money, Diane Duyser in 1994 auctioned the cheese sandwich on EBay for $28,000, reports Zimbio.
The likeness of Jesus is not limited to food or kitchen items. His image appeared in a Boston hospital window in June 2003. According to the Visionsofjesuschrist website, the image appears in the window of an eye doctor’s office on an upper floor of the Milton Hospital. Droves of people have visited this image positive that it is a picture of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus as an infant. It is so popular the hospital has to limit the hours of visiting the image in order to avoid traffic jams. According to the site, approximately 25,000 people jammed the hospital parking lot on a weekend, so the building had to restrict the viewing by covering the image with a tarp, only revealing it at specific visiting times.
Images of Christ have been appearing all over the world. There is a lot of speculation, but the facts remain that the images are there; it is just up to the believers whether or not they are inspired by what they see. Only they can make the determination if these images are credible and if they offer a message to them that Christ is still present in their lives.