16th April 2012
A Bigger Picture
“And being found in appearance of a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:8 (NIV)
David Hockney, considered the most influential British artist of the twentieth century, recently had an exhibition showing at the Royal Academy, London. The exhibition, entitled “A Bigger Picture,” focused on his later large canvasses inspired by scenes of the East Yorkshire landscape near Bridlington where he worked in his youth as a farm labourer. In an interview, he spoke about some of his earlier work where he wanted the picture to depict a journey through a landscape rather than viewing it, as it were, from the outside through a window.
In the New Testament, a bigger picture of God is revealed. God has not just viewed the human landscape from the outside, as an uninvolved spectator observing it through a window. In the incarnation, God through Jesus has entered into his creation. He became flesh and spent time, as a fellow traveller, journeying through humanity’s landscape.
Jesus became one of us and knows at first hand what it means to be human, frail and mortal. He has experienced life, its ups and downs, the joys, and also trials and tribulations common to humankind. “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18).
The Passover/Easter period commemorates the culmination of that journey with the death and resurrection of Jesus. God has worked out the salvation of the world through that sinless journey and has done all that is necessary for our salvation. Through his resurrection, Jesus is also able to encourage and support us through to our journey’s end and our resurrection to glory. As it says in Hebrews 7:25, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Father in heaven we thank you that Jesus willingly became a human being and that through his death and resurrection he has brought salvation to all mankind.
Study by Eddie Marsh