(Note: During the Lenten Season City Church will be blogging about Lent and our journey to Holy Week [April 9th – April 16]. I will be linking to the blog posts here on my blog page but you can find each blog post on our City Church website. Our hope is that each of these blog/articles will be an encouragement to you as you journey through the Lenten season as well.) Today’s post is written by our Pastor of Family Life, Jeremy DeBord.
Lent Day 12: Silence
One of my favorite pieces of art is Matthias Grunewald’s Crucifixion, one of the panels of the Isenheim altarpiece. The piece’s creation was requested in 1516 by a church hospital in France. The hospital had a unique mission, to comfort those dying with skin diseases. Grunewald kept the background of this powerful piece of religious art intentionally dark to highlight the horrific scene: Christ’s smashed feet, his contorted arms, and twisted hands. The cross is bowed to demonstrate Jesus bearing the sins of the world. This differs from almost all other paintings of the crucifixion during the Renaissance, which often depicted a perfect looking Jesus.