Framing Christ

This wire-frame sculpture of Christ crucified caught my eye one day while I walked past the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in downtown Singapore. I thought the negative space of the sculpture has a sublime beauty that captures the essence of that moment on Golgotha Hill. The negative space also brings to mind a passage from the New Testament (Philippians 5: 5-8) which spoke of Jesus emptying himself of the privileges of being the Son of God, “taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men … He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (New American Standard Bible version). Today the world celebrates Christmas as another reason for frenzy shopping. Putting the Christ back to the Christmas story would be good for tradition, and certainly good for Christianity.

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