What do you see when you visualize Jesus Christ?
The stained glass Tiffany windows in the sanctuary of my childhood church (First Presbyterian, Newport News) depicted Jesus in pastoral settings. One image showed Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) with a dog under his chair. “The dog was a favorite artist’s device for representing a household of peace and harmony,” according to First Presbyterian historian Ed Peeples.
There is no stained-glass Jesus where I worship now, but we do have a mural in the Children’s wing showing Jesus in Williamsburg, helping a little boy with leg braces to stand in a wheelchair. With a dog. The mural was painted by one of the gifted staff artists from Busch Gardens. Many of us conjure up these types of pastoral pictures when we think about Jesus.
While these are indeed beautiful images, Isaiah painted a more accurate picture—700 years before Jesus appeared on earth. Continue reading