Son of Man by Barbara Coleman
Barbara Coleman's painting continues the theme of Christ as the outsider,
one who has "no place to lay his head." Certainly, the message
and actions of Christ during his time on earth were outside of the established
tradition and accepted code of behavior. The "outsider" concept
of Christ, however, becomes more challenging when we fast-forward to today's
standards and status-quo. How would we react to the person and challenge
of Christ if suddenly we were to encounter him on our downtown street?
Would we drop everything to follow him? Or would we retreat to a more
comfortable distance, fearful of becoming involved? Would we sit at this
feet to drink in his every word, or would we adapt a safer, wait-and-see
Be careful the next time you experience an unexpected encounter. The person
who is talking to you might be sent by his Father to deliver a message.
That message, if you let it, could change your life.
- Lee Cantelon