Christ’s Holiness, Christ’s Humanity
In this post-Christian world (so they say), I would like to share with you the paintings of a Russian Artist named Alexander Lepetuhin, who, upon being told by doctors he had only perhaps four years left to live, devoted his energies into his Faith.
“Fine, I decided. Then all that time I will spend drawing Christ and his apostles.”
Thus was born the cycle of some 1000 Paintings of the Life of Christ and the Apostles.
The paintings are hauntingly beautiful in their simplicity. Jesus’ humanity is depicted with realistic pathos. Whether with the maimed, the crippled, with women or children, he is the Word becoming flesh dwelling in the world of flesh, in the fallen world of sin and brokenness.
Yet he comes to heal, to restore a fallen world. He calls us to follow him on the path towards the Kingdom of Heaven. He calls us to challenge the powers that be and to smash the darkness with holiness.
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1. Jesus Wept:
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”
“Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead...
So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
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