Fire Completely Destroys A 150-Year-Old Church, But Jesus Painting Survives The Inferno
November 5, 2018 10:58 By Mambee
The First Baptist Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts, was plagued by an unfortunate inferno that saw to the destruction of its church building and properties within.
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However, a painting of Jesus Christ was all that pulled through the engulfing fire, and it is being hailed as a miracle.
It was reported that lighting struck the 150-year-old church, as multiple storms went through the area sparking a seven-alarm blaze that took over the building.
The historic church was utterly burnt, but as workers were clearing the debris out, they encountered a perfectly preserved large portrait painting of Jesus Christ set on a cloudy blue background that was shockingly unaffected by either fire, smoke or water.
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The church meant a lot to members of the community, who were greatly saddened by the massive loss, as parishioner, Chris Rankin, revealed that the church had been important to him and to his family for several years.
However, the emergence of the image of Jesus Christ from the charred remains gave them hope, comfort, and served as a metaphor for their faith and spirituality. As the church pastor, Norman Bendroth, explained, their religion is one of hope and resurrection, they can rise from the ashes, and happiness sure comes in the morning.
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The internet received this news mixed feelings after Boston Globe posted the news on Twitter.
Wakefield's historic First Baptist Church was ravaged by fire Tuesday evening. But this painting of Jesus was somehow left unharmed by fire, smoke, or water. https://t.co/5qj2vIA29s pic.twitter.com/9wJF1OjmJn— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) October 24, 2018
Several internet users were much amazed and overjoyed by the reality of such impossibly.
Jesus! You are the great I Am!!— Katherine Persinger (@3muskateer) October 25, 2018
Amazing— Kelly Bryant (@KLBStylist1972) October 31, 2018
One Twitter user, Spawnpool, thinks differently.
That’s one ugly painting. I’m not talking about the motif, but the quality of the work.— g (@SpawnPool) October 26, 2018
No way god would let the church burn, but save that piece of junk.
He described the event as most irrational explaining, that it is insensible to think that God would let the whole church be destroyed but save just the once pieve of artwork which, he thinks, is not that good.
Hopefully, the church and its members will rise above the adversities the fire has brought about and they will again rise from its ashes to beauty.