Many years ago I picked up a secondhand book in the Christian Aid booksale called The Faces of Jesus by Frederick Buechner. It is an American book and full of wonderful pictures and paintings. I think it was the first time that I saw indigenous pictures of Jesus: Jesus as a Chinese man with slanting eyes and a wispy moustache; Jesus as a noble African with wide nose and sorrowful eyes. And I became quite fascinated by images of Christ in art.
I rather like the fact that he is looking in different directions. In fact, it reminds me of a Dutch painting called Trinitarian Christ which also shows Jesus’ face as three sides.
The Baptism painting shows a young man full of life and vitality. There is light and dark. There is movement of the water and the sky.
I could look at it for hours.
I think the arm down the right side and along the bottom is John the Baptist’s.
What do you think?