Face of Christ
This beautiful pen and ink drawing of the face of Christ by Joe Castillo contains the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection!
So many times in the Bible we are instructed to seek His face.
Psalm 105:4 "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."
Psalm 27:8 "When You said, "Seek My face ," my heart said to You, "Your face , O LORD , I shall seek ."
2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
As we do, His character and presence will become clearer and clearer to us.
So how do we seek His face? We seek Him through studying the Bible, His Word, and praying - communicating with the Creator of ALL.
Look at the lines the artist used to draw this picture of Christ. There are scenes from Christ's life. The longer you look...the more you'll see!
Notice that within His beard is the picture of His birth as prophesied in the Old Testament.
His virgin birth
Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."
Born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2: ""But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. "
Moving to the right, Joe includes the angels heralding His birth, Jesus praying, and finishing with His crucifixion.
Yet it's not the end, look closely at the nose. It appears to be an opened empty tomb with the cross at the center!
Isn't that how it is in our spiritual lives? The longer we focus on Jesus, the more He'll show us about Himself. It's so important for us each and every day to keep our focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Hebrews 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Whether you're teaching on seeking the face of Christ or Jesus' life, this Bible picture can add to the creativity of your Bible lesson.