Coming to the water? Can you imagine how John felt when Jesus asked him to baptise him? Here was the man sent to lead us to heaven asking one of us fallen ones to lead him by example!
The good people of Victoria, Kansas have this lovely statue giving us a look into that moment of service. What I enjoy the most about these statues is the ability to walk around, below and above a scene. When I remember or read the story of John the Baptist and then view this statue, I feel that I am starting to live the moment. I find it easier to put myself in the scene, watching the interplay of these two great men…the great prophet and the one he was to announce at the River Jordan.
As with all things spiritual and artistic, the moment it clicks comes not from reading the story but rather from the moment it touches your personal soul. Maybe your mind can grasp it from the words, maybe a picture might make it stick…or just maybe this three dimensional image puts these two men into our lives with the same power those people at the river bank received. As fellow Christians we must all help each generation find the path that will connect them to Christ. There is no right or wrong way…there is just the way it clicks.
P.S. I forgot the Holy Spirit dropped down and added an audio dimension to the story the statue does not..but hey we can add that today when join the chorus to sing our praises to God on high!