Tag Archives: Jesus

J is for Jesus

Christ_in_Gethsemane by Heinrich Hoffmann
Christ in Gethsemane by Heinrich Hoffmann

Jesus was the first topic that came to my mind for the letter of the day, but I resisted. My reluctance to blog about Jesus is that I don’t want to misrepresent Him in any way. Also, I like to stick to the focus of my blog: the arts and the creative process.

So I tried to find composers whose names begin with J, but I’m not familiar with their work. I came up against the same problem with poets and authors too.

I keep coming back to Jesus. Maybe there’s a reason.

I always (or since my 30s, anyway) thought I knew exactly Who He is—God the Son, second Person of the Holy Trinity, born of a virgin, died to redeem us, etc. But ever since I’ve started studying with my current Bible study group, my very traditional view has been challenged. We just finished a study of Jesus’ parables, and now we’re reading a book about how Christianity looked in the first two centuries. Let’s just say I’m praying and seeking to know Who Jesus really is.

So, instead of me telling you all about Jesus, let’s look at some artistic representations of Him.

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci
Christ Crucified, Velazquez
Christ Crucified, by Velazquez
Christ Carrying the Cross, Titian
Christ Carrying the Cross by Titian
Christ_of_Saint_John_of_the_Cross Dali fair use
Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Dali

The problem with all of these portraits is that they look like a white guy, which Jesus probably wasn’t. He may have looked more like a Middle Eastern brown-skinned Jew.

On the other hand, people often relate to a Jesus who looks more like themselves. Here are some alternate imaginings (sorry, to avoid copyright issues, I’m sending you to other sites):

Bottom line is, we don’t know exactly what Jesus looked like. As far as we know, He didn’t sit for a portrait during His earthly life. Does it matter? No. Is it okay for artists to portray Him as they see Him? Of course.

Creative Juice #224

Creative Juice #224

On Tuesday, my husband’s podiatrist told us she got her flu shot. Somehow, that fills me with hope for 2021. So do these awesome articles:

  • This one made me cry. The video is too echo-y. Scroll down and read the essay.
  • Writer’s playlist.
  • When we can travel again, maybe we can go to Mexico.
  • This article from 2018 may help you set your creative goals for 2021.
  • 12-year-old Jesus didn’t have all the answers.
  • Interesting shots.
  • Everything I know about physicist Richard Feynman I learned from watching The Big Bang Theory. I didn’t know he liked to draw.
  • Good advice. And some not as good. And some I don’t understand.
  • These signs made me laugh.
  • There are reasons why you shouldn’t drive drunk, and there are reasons why you shouldn’t sing drunk. But they’re not the same reasons. Apparently, singing drunk is great fun, and nobody dies. Read about the Australian Pub Choir.
  • A quilter shares the 17 quilts she made in 2020.
  • This is an interesting idea: praying with index cards.

Video of the Day: The Christmas Story Told Through Rocks


To learn more about the art of Patti Rokus, and for more information about her book, click here.

From the Creator’s Heart #175


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From the Creator’s Heart #168


John 10-27

From the Creator’s Heart #141

From the Creator’s Heart #141

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10 NLT)

In the Meme Time: Christmas Welcome

In the Meme Time: Christmas Welcome