Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Art and Beauty Tuesday--Lee Hodges

This painting is entitled "I am the Good Shepherd" by Lee Hodges and beautifully illustrates the concept of Jesus as the Good Shepherd in John 10:11.   The face of Jesus looks down at his lost sheep, with the cross in the background.  I even see a sort of human face on the bottom left of the painting next to one of the sheep.

The Good Shepherd is not just an gently idealized pastoral shepherd.  No--he lays down his life for the sheep; and sheep are stupid animals.

When I think about this, I realize how amazing Jesus' death really was.  He laid down his life for us.  The longer I live on this earth, the more I realize that we, like sheep, are "stupid animals"; yet, Jesus not only loves us, he loves us so much, that he gave up his life for us.


Barbara Schoeneberger said...

I love the art you post and your thoughts on it. Yes, we sheep are really dumb many times over. We need Jesus to carry us and not struggle to get away.

Staying in Balance said...

"All we, like sheep, have gone astray."

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