Paper Collage on Cardboard, 61cm x 183 cm (2′ x 6′)
“All who worship images are put to shame…” (Psalm 97:7)
“…their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 115:4-8)
If we have never met Jesus personally, we will assemble an image of Jesus in our minds. We may use excerpts from Jesus films, plays, books and art. Some of us may use things said by old Sunday school teachers, outspoken Christians and tele-evangelists. Others may use information from “so called” scholars and historians and even Scriptures from the Bible to assemble their images of Jesus in their minds.
Whatever the finished product may be, it is a complete fabrication of Jesus. It is an image of Jesus, not Jesus Himself.
This art piece is a crudely fashioned image of Jesus, assembled much like the ones in our heads. My purpose in doing it is to awaken us to the fact that there is a difference between our perception of Jesus and the actual, real Person of Jesus, who is alive today. The first is a lifeless image, the latter is a real, Living Person!
It is my hope and prayer that this work will compel us to seek and meet with the real Jesus, who is alive today and reveals himself to those who seek him. (See “Message“).
God promises, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, ‘ declares the LORD…” (Jeremiah 29:13-14).
Jesus must reveal himself to us, we cannot conjure up our own image of him and call it “real”.
If we rely on assembling and interacting with an image of Jesus, even if it be from the very Scriptures themselves, it is still not actually Jesus Himself, and Christianity to us will be nothing more than empty, dead religion. As Jesus reveals himself to us, he strips away our false images of him.
Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father [God] as well” (John 14:6-7).
(See “What About You? Who Do You Say I Am?” (John the Baptist Artworks Series), “My Words Are Spirit and Life” (The Word of God Series). To read about how God revealed himself to me and to other see “About The Artist“ and “Salvation Testimonies“).