What was the blood type of Jesus Christ?

By Diane M. Hoffmann
(for author's bio, see TimingRevelation.com web site)

There recently have been discussions on radio and television programs about the shroud of Turin. No one seems to have found out yet whether it is true or not. However a small piece of additional speculation was mentioned in some of the conversations which has to do with the blood type of Jesus Christ...

... and this one really puts doubt in some minds as to whether the shroud is true of Jesus or not.

Was it Jesus' blood on the shroud?

According to the science teams involved in the study of the cloth in question, after examination, the type of blood that was apparently impressed on the shroud was found to be of the blood group ”AB”.

Now according to the American Red Cross, the eight most common human blood types are:
A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+, AB-.

In my research for an answer to “What is/was the blood type/group of Jesus Christ?”, a person who's name comes up often is Dr. Carlo Serafini. He seems to be one of the most go-to source for this topic according to the search on Google. His conclusion has been also that the blood type is “AB”.

However, here's where I'm going with all of this.

If the blood type on the shroud of Turin is “AB” as many credible/well-meaning people who have looked at this matter believe or conceive, then, if that is the case, this shroud cannot be that from the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And here's why:

It is scientifically and biologically true that human blood only comes from the man. To be more precise it only comes from the seed of the man. The blood of the woman does not touch the blood of the fetus at any time.

The fetus is nourished by the nutrients delivered by the blood of the woman. However, her blood does not mingle or touch the fetus' blood. Why not? Well, the blood of the woman delivers the nutrients through the placenta. The placenta, is the temporary biological support system that acts for the organs until they are fully formed and operating in the fetus. Only the nutrients are delivered, not the woman's blood.

The fetus does receive half of its DNA from each of the parents, with only one of the sex chromosomes from either the male (Y) or the female (X). By this, we know that half of Jesus' DNA would be from God the Father (from the Holy Ghost, Luke 1:35) and of course the “Y” chromosome also from the Holy Ghost (not Mary).

And as already mentioned, the blood only comes from the man's seed.

That's why if the blood found on the shroud of Turin was analyzed to be type “AB”, it cannot be from the body of the Lord Jesus Christ – this “type” would be an unknown element.

What is the shroud of Turin?

Most common returned Google responses say something like this: “The Shroud of Turin is a 14-foot linen cloth bearing an image of a crucified man. For some, it is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ.”

According to common sources, the shroud first emerged historically in 1354 A.D. Some say even earlier in the 6th century A.D. And it has been the subject of controversy ever since.

Does it have human blood on it? Studies have shown that authentic blood components are present within the Shroud bloodstains, including hemoglobin, bilirubin, albumin, and immunoglobin. The blood is typically described as being human (primate) in origin, based on certain serological experiments performed in the early 1980s. (Google search).

However, all research examinations are still inconclusive for many scientific reasons. Much has been written and from both sides of skeptics and believers.

But, the fact that the blood scientifically and biologically only comes from the seed of the man, it is quite plausibly the conclusive truth that the “AB” blood on the shroud is from a crucified man and not that of Jesus Christ who is God incarnate.

What type was Jesus' blood?

I heard one preacher innovatingly say that Jesus' blood was “HB” – meaning “Holy Blood”. And that is quite applicatory for this mysterious divine case.

One thing is for sure, God is the Father, and the Word of God is true:

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus." Luke 1:30-31).

"Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1: 34-35).

Please note in this scripture (v. 35), the word “thing” is not in the original King James Bible. But when a search is made of the word “holy” preceding it, the return search response includes “Holy One', and some Bible versions use that in translation of this verse.

In “The Complete Jewish Study Bible, by Hendrickson Publishers, David H. Stern 2016, this verse is translated as “the Holy Child”:

“The Ruach HaKodesh will come over you, the power of Ha'Elyon will cover you. Therefore the holy child born to you will be called the Son of God.”

It is obvious that by the context of the scripture here, the meaning is in reference to the Holy One in the womb of Mary.

And the reality of His coming was prophesied throughout the Old Testament in many of the holy books and scriptures.

Holy blood in the Holy God

The blood flowing in Jesus Christ's veins is indeed “Holy Blood”. It is the ONLY blood powerful enough to replace, constitute, deliver and propitiate the redemption of mankind from the original sin...

“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. “

“For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

“And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.” (Hebrews 9:11-16, New King James Bible).

No mere human blood can encompass all of this

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:2). (Propitiation = expiation, atonement, redemption, salvation).

Man's blood? Uh Uh... Only God's blood can and was intended for the redemption of mankind.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23-26, New King James Bible).

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:9, New King James Bible).

This whole issue of the shroud of Turin is certainly a fascinating mystery. Whatever the truth is that will come out of it at some point in the future – whether in this life or the next – it is part of many spiritual inquiries that we may not quite understand in this temporary life.

However, we do have to struggle with other reports

Of course I am not discounting the archaeological discoveries of the shroud that was examined by many other scientific groups who saw evidence such as the blood stains coinciding with what seems to be the crown of thorn, that we read in the Bible, the wound in the side of the crucified Christ, the nail marks in the wrists and the feet, and most interestingly the imprint on the cloth that caused the image to manifest as the man's figure, which is said to not having been made by human hands, but rather by some other otherworld means of heat, radiation, light of some sort, etc...

Did God leave this as a mark of divine evidence? Or perhaps was it caused by the same power that brought about the resurrection of Jesus, such as the power that was brought upon Jesus and the two beings on the mount of transfiguration, that we read about in Matthew 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9, where Jesus' persona enigmatically changed to a dazzling light?

Many questions are very much unanswered. But if this shroud of Turin is the burying cloth of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have yet to find the evidence of His blood and not merely human blood. Or else did God make it look “as” or “like” human blood, for whatever reason. Unlikely.

Or, was this shroud of Turin simply another man's burying cloth? We have yet to find that out – in this life or the next.

In the meantime, do you know the Saviour personally? If not and you would like to, just ask Him to come into your life today. If you're sincere with a repenting heart, He will hear you, save you, wash you and make you a brand new child of God.


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