Updated: Apr 13, 2020
One morning I was reading an interesting passage about Jesus and his siblings; John 7:1-6. In this dialogue we find that Jesus had stayed behind in Galilee while the disciples had already gone to Judea to celebrate the Jewish feast of Tabernacles. This we could imagine was Jesus, saying behind to spend time with His family. However it appears to me that they are not so nice to Him. t I can almost hear the sarcasm in their comments:
"You ought to leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples may see the miracles you do, No-one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret, Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world."
They obviously don't believe He is who He is, even though we can assume that they would have heard stories about His birth from their mother, and seen what He had done. Also as Jesus was without sin perhaps they thought Him a bit of a good-two-shoes. Interesting to note that in the end His brother James becomes one of the Church fathers and leaders in the Jerusalem church. I guess there is always hope for those who at first reject and pour scorn on things of faith.
I was, however, intrigued by Jesus' reply,
" The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is the right time"
I was thinking that sometimes we want Jesus to act now! Right now this very moment to do our bidding. When He doesn't and our prayers seem not to be answered straight away there is the temptation to loose heart, disbelieve or walk away, especially when it comes to our prayers for friends and family to come to faith.
He eventually does go to the festival in His own time The Jewish authorities are amazed at His teaching especially as he has never studied in one of their 'universities'. In verses 16-18 He states that He neither does nor speaks anything that He doesn't first hear from His father. Then in verse 18 he says
" He who speaks on his own does do to gain honour for himself, but he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him."
This led me to thinking about the art I do. I haven't studied in the formal way, I just hold the brush and trust that the Lord will use me as I paint and engage with people. For me ARTreach is about using my art to engage with those who don't know about Jesus or are disinterested; isn't really about the end product. It is really about the engagement. If the painting at the end is good, great! If someone looks at the painting and God speaks to them and they in someway are helped on their journey of faith towards experiencing Jesus and His great gift of a relationship with Him for all eternity; I am humbled and blessed. The painting above was done on a bitterly cold day outside Chapel Walk Art Gallery Sheffield. Few people stopped to put colour on the board but it was used as a conversation piece about Jesus bringing hope with a group of artists not yet in relationship with Jesus at their evening gathering.