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Jesus Stood Still – Cold Wax Painting

Jesus Stood Still – Cold Wax Painting

The story of a blind beggar in Jericho became my own personal story when one-day several years ago Jesus stood in front of me during a worship service and asked me the same question: What do you want?

Jesus bleibt stehn * Jesus stood still
Jesus bleibt stehn * Jesus stood still

Come, tell me what you really want!

The story of a blind beggar in Jericho led to an amazing process of healing in my own life. When Jesus and his disciples walked past the beggar, he called out “Have mercy on me!” The bystanders threatened him to stop shouting, but Jesus stood still and called the beggar to himself and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”

During the sermon about this biblical story, suddenly Jesus stood still in front of me. And he asked: “What do you want me to do for you?” What a unique and God-given moment, like rarely before and after.

What things would come to your mind? Wealth? Health? Long life? Marriage partner? Special gifting?

After some going and back and forth in my thoughts, I answered, “Jesus, I want to be free from my addictions.” Even though I had learned with the help of the 12-step program to manage my addictions fairly well, I knew deep down, that I was not completely free.

Jesus answered “OK!” I did not know when it would happen, and I did not want to shout victory too early, but after a few months it was obvious that a real change had happened. I was free from my addictive behavior such as workaholism, overeating, control addiction and their various relatives. Praise God!

The same year God gave healing and liberation in several other areas of my life. That’s why I call it my “Year of Jubilee.”

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Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Mk 10:52

Dare to Trust – Cold Wax Painting

Come, dare to trust!

When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he believed that he could do that too, at least if Jesus gave him the assignment. And that’s how it was. Jesus said, “Come!” and for a short while Peter was able to walk on water. Like Jesus. But when he started looking on the high waves (circumstance), he started to sink.

Step by Faith * Glaubensschritt
Step by Faith * Glaubensschritt

I have never walked on real water, but figuratively I have done it very often. In my being “En Route” with Jesus it happened countless times, that Jesus gave me a commission that seemed impossible. In these situations I have experienced time and again, that when I trusted Jesus, the impossible became possible. My task was only to follow the instructions, and let him take care of the results.

Faith for me means every day anew “walking on water”, doing things in dependence on Jesus, that seem impossible to me.

 

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; let it be my only worry to trust and obey you. Ps 86:11

Good Friday – It is finished

Good Friday

Joh 19,30
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Mt 27:50-54
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. 51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Walking on water

Are you familiar with this story?
In my experience, a life of faith is often a walk on water, daring to do what humanly speaking is impossible, but by faith obeying when Jesus calls. Some situations are more impossible than others and take more courage to step out of the boat of the “status quo”.
Can I do it without getting distracted like Peter?
Walking on Water
Walking on Water
30 x 40 cm
Acrylic on paper with palette knives only

Trinity

The draft for this painting was done a long time ago. Several other paintings were studies in preparation for this one. Actually, this is not yet it. – I want to divide it on three canvases. This means I am still preparing for the ‘real’ one. This one was done with watercolor but the final one will probably be done with acrylic.
Trinity
Trinity
50 x 40 cm
Watercolor on paper

Jesus had no Servants

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
Had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

~unknown

Inaugural prayers

I had not planned it, but since my other plans for today did not work out, I eventually decided to join some collegues and watch the inaguration of Obama Barack on TV. It was a first for me in many ways. I realized that I had never seen an inauguration before, maybe because I hardly ever owned a TV. It was interesting for me as non-American but here I only want to comment on the two inaugural prayers:

I had not been aware of the discussion that seemingly has happened before the inauguration, whether Rick Warren will pray in the name of Jesus or not. From what I read and hear now (here and here), I get the impression that no matter what he would do, somebody would critize him. I thought he did a great job in many ways. I really liked that he pronounced Jesus’ name according to different languages and traditions:

“We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus, who taught us to pray: … ”
(quoted here).

I did not know the guy who gave the final benediction, Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, but I was quite intriged by him. It seems that he has the same problem as Rick Warren – no matter what he did, he would be critizied either from one side or the other. I liked his humorous rhyming refrain at the end, but  some people seem to take offence with it, especially the reference to the white people (see comments here):

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.” (quoted here).

I am glad to have watched it, as I, too, feel that it was a historical moment.