How did people see Jesus in his day

November 25, 2020

Remember that ONE class? The one that wasn’t in your major,but you had to take it for one reason or another and the best you hoped for wasthat it wasn’t going to be either too hard, or a complete waste of time?

For me, it was Art History. It wasn’t in my major, I didn’tmuch like looking at “art” and I was in dread fear of having to memorize randomdates. Up to this time, I classified art into one of two categories, “like it”and “don’t like it.” I walked into the class with a bad attitude and a fear ofbeing found out as dumb.

The instructor did the simplest thing. She projected apainting on the wall and asked us, “What do you see?”

(La Mort de Marat, 1793)


“Some guy who’s been stabbed,” one student said.

“A bloody note,” another chimed in.

“Is he in a bathtub?” another asked.

The professor explained that the painting depicted themurder of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday. Marat was a journalist and earlyleader of the French Revolution. She said that this painting was instrumentalin telling the story of the French Revolution and explained that art was alwaysa part of a larger histories and cultures; that it often intersected withpolitics and money and sexual intrigue; and that the canvas pointed to storiesbeyond its frame.  It was up to us to ask questions like—what do we see, andwhy? What are we not seeing and why? What’s in the light? What’s in shadow? Andwhy?

This Sunday, we take a look at the question, “How did thepeople of Jesus’ day see him?” We’re going to look at a little bit of arthistory from an era similar to that of the Gospel writers, 1948. And we’llexplore how seeing Jesus in 2020 is like eating a Korean burrito.  It’llbe fun. Please join us at 10 a.m. on YouTube.


Publish Date:

December 3, 2020

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