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Topic: Art (01/18/07)
TITLE: Art (i)
By Clyde Blakely
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Many years ago, as a new Christian, I was searching for messages in the Bible. Searching for some “deep truths” which I could share with others, mostly to impress them by how mature I had become. The more I studied, the more I thought I knew. There came a point, I’m not sure when, where I actually thought I knew everything there was to know in God’s word. I had reached the pinnacle of spiritual knowledge. Even though, this was during a period of my life where I knew I was not close to God spiritually!
I knew in my heart I was arrogance and distant from God, yet I was comfortable with my “knowledge” and control over my own life. Occasionally, I came back to His word but new and deeper spiritual understandings were not happening; a spiritual dry desert was upon me. I slowly came to realize this and my search for God and the messages in His Word returned.
One day I saw a large mural. It was a black and white picture of Jesus. As I move closer to the wall the picture started losing its sharpness, its detail. Wondering, I came closer, but even less detail. Why?
Almost upon it, virtually all detail was lost. What became of the picture I saw from afar? Just feet away now I was making out new detail or was it detail? No, wording. Words on the wall. What were they?
In the center of where Jesus’ face was were the words: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, KJV).
Words? Not just words, but God’s Holy Word printed on the wall. I then realized that the message I had been searching for was before me. The “deep truth” all along was now clear in what I thought were the lost details of the picture on the wall: when we read His Word, stand back and look at the entire message, “The Big Picture”, we see Jesus. The deep truth is Jesus, God’s Son, and His love for us.
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