In The Shadow

I want to explain a little more about the image chosen for the blog. First, thanks to Full of Eyes for the use of the image. His unique style and commitment to putting Christ or his cross in every image is refreshing. That value lines up with the purpose of this blog. We see life better when in the shadow of the cross.

The artist of the image uses this passage for the basis of the picture.

2 Corinthians 4:6, “For the God who said, 'Light will shine out of darkness,' is the same one who made light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ.”

Notice a few things in that picture. First, the dove. The dove is often the image of the Holy Spirit, who came down in that form at Jesus’ baptism. Notice that in the light, the eye is open and able to see. What color is the heart? It is not black (something the artist loves to associate with death and sin) but it is red and alive. The shadow on the ground is of Jesus making the ultimate sacrifice for me. Anyone can see that Jesus died on a cross. Then there are those who see the cross and are changed by it. The Spirit is the one who gives my heart life and opens my eyes to see the cross and say, “Lord, you are my Savior.”

When I see Jesus for me, I see that I am loved. I see purpose. I see a good God who is willing to do anything to love me. I see God’s glory in suffering. I see his goodness in pain. I see greatness in struggle. I see his smiling face in the joys of life. I see healing in sickness. I see life better. Start every day with looking at the cross, and you will see life better too.

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