The artwork reproduced here took him two years to complete. It’s a life-size picture of Jesus that measures six feet long by four feet wide. He created it by writing thousands of words with shaded letters using a very finely tipped pen –some light and some dark, some thick and some thin.
This image is actually the entire New Testament written out by hand. There are about 185,000 words on the scroll, about a thousand words per line. The shading of the letters reveals a picture of Jesus Christ. The figure of Jesus is not imposed onto the words. The words reveal a picture of Christ as they are written – again, some light and some dark, some thick and some thin - to bring out a portrait of Christ.
The words have literally become flesh, a person. There are twenty-seven angels surrounding Jesus, each looking to him. These represent the twenty-seven books of the New Testament.
The artist shares this truth: the New Testament reveals one thing, namely, the person of Jesus Christ. Out of the Word arises The Word — Jesus Christ — the Word which became flesh.
A powerful illustration indeed!
But the lesson loses impact if we just glace at the Word once or once in a while and then move on. We must remain, stay, linger, focus, gaze upon, absorb! (Shall I dig out my thesaurus?)
“The Word became flesh and dwelled among us. We have seen his glory, the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Consider how personal Jesus makes this dwelling in us – and us in him – in John 15: “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I am going to remain in you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Likewise, you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him is the one who bears much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (vv. 3-5)
Remain, remain, remain! On a permanent basis – no moving, no change of address! Jesus is my home, my Help, my Salvation, my Source, My Shepherd, my Everything!
May God’s Word dwell in us, and may others see Jesus as we bear fruit that points others to the Word made flesh: Jesus.
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand