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Repaint Jesus

Andrew had purchased a painting awhile back at a concert he went to.  One of the things that Curt did while we were up at the cabin was build a frame for it.  It  is a huge-o painting.

It turned out exactly as Andrew had pictured.  As you know that is not always the case.  We can have an idea in our head but sometimes……

Here it is

I have to admit at first I wasn’t sure what I thought of it.   Repaint Jesus?

Then the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. 

Think about the last time you saw a picture of the crucifixion.  I am pretty sure it did not display the true picture of the price that Jesus paid.  The Bible tells us that Jesus was bloody and unrecognizable. 

His love for us was so intense that He paid the highest price to set us free.  It is not something to take for granted.  It is life changing.  When we really begin to understand that it cost Him everything, then we begin to repaint that picture in our head.  The picture of His deep love for us.

I am reminded of that old song…… “How can I say thanks for the things He has done for me.  Things so undeserved, yet He gave to prove  His love for me…  To God be the glory….”

 Here is Andrew with his painting on the wall.  Yes it is that big.   I wish that I had pictures of Curt getting the nails on the wall.  I was too busy holding on to his belt and keeping the chair from moving.  (Andrew is leaning on the door to go downstairs)

Repaint Jesus.  I’d love to hear what you think it means.

til next time

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December 5, 2009 - Posted by | spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. It is not just our understanding of who we think Jesus was in the past, it is also about how much of Jesus people see in us. Do people see Christ in our lives?

    Comment by Pastor Curt | December 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. very good point Curt
    To some we are the only Bible they are reading and we are a reflection of who we say Jesus is.

    Comment by Gloria | December 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Can’t say for sure what the artist meant, but I do know that usually when a person paints or repaints a specific “recognizable” subject so that it turns out realistic (or at least so that it really captures the essence of it) the person has to really study the subject, not just a quick glance but real, in depth study making an effort to really notice the details so they can be captured just right.

    Those who are really good can train their eye to get the details just right and if you’re watching them as they paint you might not be able to recognize immediately what it’s going to be if you haven’t seen or don’t know the subject to begin with, but eventually, if you allow them time to finish, things eventually make sense and the person can see how all the apparently random brush strokes work together.

    Some can capture the essence perfectly in just a few brush strokes and others may do a more detailed piece adding layer upon layer, each making a clearer and clearer picture.

    Maybe the artist was using the repainting process like that as a metaphore. We’re supposed to learn the Word, study and really get to know our “subject” and then we’re supposed to share it or “repaint” it (or in this case “Him”) for others to see.

    The more we study the Word, the more we understand our subject and the more details we learn to include in our “painting”.

    Children who try to paint tend to create distorted figures, crude simple shapes and colors that they often have to try to explain what they mean. As they get older they may be taught more complex shapes, spacial relationships, how to notice the way light and shadows affect a subject, elements of composition, etc. so that as they improve they may have less and less to explain because the piece speaks for itself. We can see for ourselves what they’re trying to portray.

    God is the original and ultimate artist. He already made the masterpiece. Are we “repainting” His son as a child would, impatiently scribbling something out without necessarily looking at or noticing any details of the subject or are we really trying to duplicate the original masterpiece, honing our skills in an effort to get it just right? Are we really studying our subject, noticing the nuances that might tend to go unnoticed during the casual glance and how everything around Him in the great masterpiece relates to Him? Are we capturing the essence of Him right or are we still having to explain how this “smudge” of an experience or that “line” of a reaction somehow is supposed to represent Him?

    I dunno. Just a thought.

    Comment by LisaB | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. great thoughts Lisa, thanks. I don’t know what exactly the artist had in mind either but I like your thoughts

    Comment by Gloria | December 6, 2009 | Reply


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