Jesus is kind. He has been called a Friend of Sinners, Lover of Our Souls, and the Prince of Peace. Fully God and fully man, the Savior showed mankind what kindness can be.
Italian Baroque painter Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665) captured the kindhearted humanity of Jesus in her work titled Head of Christ.
In my own imagination, this closely fits how I see Jesus. He is thoughtful, kind, gentle, strong, and ever mindful of His Father. The Bible tells us (see Isaiah 53) that He likely didn’t bear movie-star glamour or a polished handsomeness, as He walked upon the earth during His first coming.
And many mistook Him for someone ordinary, perhaps in part because He showed up as a gentle man, teaching love and forgiveness, rather than stomping in with a violent coup d’etat.
But the day is approaching, when His glory will be unmistakable. And His eternal victory, already won, will be revealed.
In fact, it is only because of the Lord’s kindness that such a day tarries at all. God is displaying His patience and compassion with every moment He waits, giving humanity the opportunity to recognize His lordship and turn to Him.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV)
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:17, NIV)
I am grateful for every day the Lord gives me in this life. But I can hardly wait to see Him face to face. How about you?
Head of Christ
by Elisabetta Sirani
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