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July 9, 2009

Baptismal Icon

Filed under: Pen Tablet, Religious — Josiah @ 6:00 am
Baptismal Icon (large)

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Romans 6: 3-7: ‘…don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.’.

In the background we see the crucifixion. In the foreground, the resurrection, symbolized by the empty tomb. These two are connected by the waters of baptism, which are shown as a small river flowing around the cross and finally pouring over the tomb entrance. Note that, as the water passes under the cross, it is mixed with the blood of Christ to show that, as Jesus is the Word, it is the Word of God with the water that makes a baptism. The blood also implies that, as we pass from death to life in baptism, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb and made holy.

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6 Comments »

  1. Very nice. Good to see some confessional Lutheranism at its best.

    Comment by Tanner — July 10, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  2. Thank you (again).

    Comment by Josiah — July 11, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  3. Awesome! I am a picture person and love graphic art that portrays Scripture. Now make it into a banner for church services! 🙂 It reminds me of the older Christian song by Figher called, “River of Blood”. “There is a river of blood flowing from the hill of Calvary…”

    Comment by Pastor Zillinger — July 30, 2009 @ 10:42 am

  4. Thank you for your approval. I will have to look up that hymn now.

    Comment by Josiah — July 30, 2009 @ 11:29 am

  5. Very impressive! I am struck by the thoughtfulness you have put into this picture based on the Romans text. Good Christian art is in short supply and I encourage you to continue producing works such as this. Bible bookstores are full of pretty art but short on theological meaning. Theology of the cross is seldom seen in such “pop” art in defference to theology of glory. While it is well-intended, it does not always represent the text of the Scriptures or the reality of sin and God’s handling of it for us through Jesus. Your picture covers all of that. Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Pastor Stoltenow — August 4, 2009 @ 11:15 am

  6. Thank you, pastor. I appreciate your support.

    Comment by Josiah — August 4, 2009 @ 2:50 pm


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