Christ and Thomas

Thomas has been known as the patron saint of the sceptics and doubters. Most of us I think can identify with him, since in our faith and life journey, we have times of scepticism and doubt too. As the old adage goes, there are at least a thousand words in a picture, one of my favourite works of art that depicts the risen Christ with Thomas is from Malaysian artist, Hanna-Cheriyan Varghese, titled, “My Lord & My God,” acrylic and paper, dating back to 2001. The artist, I think, captures beyond words, the depth of reverence, mystery and awe of Thomas and the other disciples, in the presence of the risen Christ.   

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Farmstead scribble

Farmstead in watercolour pencils

Haven’t scribbled for a while, here’s my latest.

September 2010 Sribbles

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted any scribbles, so here are three of my most recent ones.

Last Supper

Burning bush

 I used Paint program for Burning bush, digital scribble/art.

Jesus teaching crowd in a boat, Mark 3

Four Portraits

Four Portraits

Recently I’ve been doing some scribbling with my watercolour pencils. Here’s what I came up with.

 Adam KraftAdam Kraft (1440-1507), was a master Nuremberg artist-craftsperson, one of his finest works, the tabernacle, is inside St Lawrence Church, Nuremberg. He portrays himself as a kneeling servant with stonemason tools at the foot of the tabernacle. I toured this church in 2007, the tabernacle is breathtakingly beautiful!

 Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), was also a Nuremberg artist, most readers will remember his famous work “Praying hands.”

 Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483-1546), one of my favourite theological heroes, here depicted during the time as a professor at Wittenberg, ca 1532.

 John Calvin

John Calvin (1509-1564), the popular Geneva-based reformer.

Easter Header

Easter Header

 

Over against all human sceptical reasoning, the Church proclaims: “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” This ancient greeting of Christians has provided comfort, hope and courage, as the good news of resurrection joy has been contagiously spread around the world.

 

My favourite story of accentuating the good news of the risen Messiah goes back to communist Russia. On Easter Sunday in 1940 in Odessa, a crowd of some 40,000 Christians gathered to worship the risen Christ, However, communist agitators harassed them by making atheistic propaganda speeches for four hours. Afterwards, a congregant begged to say a few words and was granted permission. He stood up before all of those worshippers and said: “Brothers and sisters, Christ is risen!” Then, from the mouths of 40,000 followers of Jesus the reply roared out, “He is risen indeed!

 

 

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Doubting Thomas

The header you see above is a portion of the painting “My Lord and my God,” based on the Gospel for the second Sunday of Easter, by Malaysian artist, Hanna Cheriyan Vaghese. I found this over at The Text This Week website, where you can discover a veritable treasure trove of art here 

The apostle Thomas is likely a kindred spirit to many of us, we would rather see before we believe. However, I think Thomas has gotten a bit of a bum wrap with the label “Doubting Thomas,” for all of the other disciples were likely equally as clued out and sceptical until the resurrected Christ visited them.