As a visually-minded person, I am inspired by thought-provoking sights. Expertly executed paintings of the Lord Jesus Christ often help me to consider His character and Person more clearly.
Throughout the month of April, for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, Heart of a Ready Writer will post a new painting of Jesus each day (except Sundays, when A-Z bloggers take a rest). Here’s the first one.
He calmed a raging storm, while His disciples trembled at both the gale and the Lord’s answer. The biblical account is found in Mark 4.
The story behind Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is intriguing, especially on two counts.
1) Count the men in the boat, and you will find Jesus and His 12 apostles and one more person. That is believed to be Rembrandt’s depiction of himself, seated right by the Savior. Perhaps the artist had faced a raging storm of his own and experienced a remarkable divine intervention or a miraculous peace.
[Jesus said] “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)
2) This painting was stolen in 1990, when thieves broke into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This masterpiece, along with perhaps a dozen others, remains missing.
The Scripture memory tips series is ongoing, but the April A to Z Blogging Challenge has started, and Heart of a Ready Writer is participating again this year. Watch for the Bible memory series posts, which may be interspersed with the Pictures of Jesus series during the month of April.
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
By Rembrandt van Risn
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