Some see face of Jesus in tree on North Clinton Ave. in Rochester, N.Y. (courtesy: WROC-TV)
Though the Bible does not give a detailed physical description of Jesus Christ, some people believe they’re seeing an image of the Son of God on a silver maple tree in upstate New York.
“It’s a sign from God that there should be peace,” Maria Trinidad told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “There is a lot of crime here. People should have faith in God. This is God giving us a sign.”
According to WROC-TV, the image was first noticed by Jim Holtz, a 54-year-old retiree who comes to North Clinton Ave. daily for coffee with friends.
“I’ve looked at that tree thousands of times in the past couple years, but never noticed it till now,” he told the station. “At first I thought I was seeing things.”
Holtz says he doesn’t think people have to be a believer in Jesus to recognize the face, but is quick to point out he, himself, is a believer.
“Yes, I am. Gotta be something better than this life afterward.”
The tree is situated on the front lawn of the Hickey-Freeman Co. clothing factory in Rochester’s infamous “crescent,” known for a high rate of crime.
Color image of what’s being called the ‘Jesus tree’ (courtesy: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
“We can’t physically see Jesus, so we only have signs,” local resident Karen Marshall told the Democrat & Chronicle. “The only way we can know he’s here is through signs. He’s everywhere. You just have to have faith.”
Among those taking photos of the tree was Mark Day, a shipping clerk at Hickey-Freeman.
Day told the paper he believes the design is a coincidence.
“I don’t think it’s a message because God is everywhere,” he said.
As WorldNetDaily previously reported, people have been seeing what they believe is the image of Jesus’ face in some odd places this year.
Pittsburgh man claims ‘Jesus’ appeared in his bathroom
“Shower Jesus has been freed from the wall!” exclaimed Jeff Rigo of Pittsburgh, who offered on eBay “a section of plaster wall bearing the apparent face of the Son of God. No other items, promises, tidings, or guarantees are included.”
Rigo was able to sell the holy water stain for $1,999, purchased by Internet casino GoldenPalace.com, the same company which cashed out $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich with an alleged image of the Virgin Mary.
Meanwhile, in the American breadbasket town of Lincoln, Neb., an eBay member claimed the face of Jesus on a sandwich was responsible for a miraculous turnaround.
‘Jesus’ said to overlook unclean meat on this grilled ham and cheese
“On Sunday Jan. 14, 2001, my life changed forever,” the Nebraskan explains. “I had been a heavy drinker for many years and on that day, I discovered what appeared to be the image of Jesus Christ on my grilled ham and cheese. After that day, I quit drinking and began to make much needed changes in my life. I have kept this sandwich a secret from everyone, but it has served as a daily reminder of this magnificent miracle. Now however, I feel that this sandwich should be shared with the hope that its image will inspire others to make changes in their lives.”