All images by me. Inspired by Galatians 3:24
There isn’t a lot of great Christian art out there: but it does exist.
This is good ‘un.
I enjoy it, and I like the artist. I recommend him!
But… we can do better.
Good, God-honouring art like this should be a floor.
Not a ceiling.
So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.Galatians 3:24, English Standard Version
Now that Christ has came, we can actually life in a Godly Spirit, with the Law inscribed on our hearts. A light unto our path, and no longer our just accuser, the way to death: for Christ paid the penalty we owed to God.
Christ turned a hard, Divinely-empowered enemy into a good, Divinely-empowered friend… after we realized that we cannot be righteous, and after we humble ourselves to realize that Christ paid for our sins.
We could not lawfully earn our salvation. But Christ did.
There are no steps to the altar God ordained for His sacrifice.
The bold is mine, obviously:
And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’Exodus 20:22-26, English Standard version
God has concern, that the nakedness of the priest will not be shown.
God did not show similar concern for the nakedness of the sacrifice: not in the Law, and not on Calvary.
“In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.”― C.S. Lewis, The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays
A warning to the wise is sufficient.