Art and Christianity

In light of last nights post about the importance of Christian Art I wanted to post a picture that moved me tremendously on Thanksgiving Day. Originally it was from Kevin DeYoung’s blog and it was extremely powerful to me.

Here is the biblical text it refers to:

TenLepers

“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19)

Take some time to reflect on this picture.

Given what took place in your life today (or whats going on right at this moment) would you have been the one who returned or one of the nine overjoyed with the gift but who abandoned the Giver? 

As I said earlier this picture moved me. It cut to my core because it reminded me of how deeply I needed Jesus. How patiently and lovingly He gives despite our repeated desires to turn to other things (even the good things He gives us).

I thank God for good Christian Art in its various forms and hope this post serves as an encouragement to any aspiring Christians Artists of all kinds to continue the good fight of faith and bring glory to God through the gifts He has given you!

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~ by simplesage on November 30, 2013.

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