Who, but the God of all imagination, could take the cross, the most barbaric tool of execution, and turn it into a symbol of hope and faith, a signature of all that is good in the world?
There is a wealth of understanding to be discovered in the cross. In the historical account of Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem to find no room in the inn.
Yet, just 33 brief years later, there was plenty of room for Jesus at the cross.
There is no room at the cross for you and me.
At the cross, we learn to die to our won needs and live for the needs of others.
We learn to die to having it our way and learn to lie in His way.
And, we learn to die to the darkness of this world while opening our eyes to the light of God’s world.
Jesus, the man, died on the cross.
Jesus, the Savior is alive and well.
Maybe we should book our reservations, now.
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
With his camera, creativity and unique story telling skills, Michael Belk embarked on a Journey to explore the modern-day relevance of the centuries – old messages of Jesus. The result is a magnificenlty-beautiful and thought-provoking collection of fine art, Journeys with the Messiah.
CLA is grateful that Michael Belk shared his masterpieces with CLA attendees inside the walls of the 2014 CLA National Conference Prayer and Reflection room. Featured today on the CLA Blog is his photography and an excerpt from his book, Journey with the Messiah: A Fashion Photographer Explores the Modern-Day Relevenace of Jesus.