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Jesus asked His disciples, “who do you say that I am?” It’s a valid question for every person of faith but especially for us as artists. After all we create things that are left to speak to people after we’ve gone away. What do you say about your art? What do your creations say? What do they say about about you? Will they convey the message our Lord has given you to communicate? Ultimately the question is what does our work say about Jesus and is it what Jesus would have you say?

Who do you say that He is and does your work agree?


Who Do You Say That I Am? #9 Life Giver

Who Do You Say That I Am? #9 Life Giver


Sometimes we think of Jesus only as our gate to heaven but let us not forget He is also Lord of today. As such he cares about what happens today and He wants to help us make the most of this life as well, that we might use each day to His glory. In John 10:10, He says He came that we might have life and have it to the full. If you don’t think you’re getting all there is out of life, maybe you need to look to Jesus, the Life Giver. Get a life from Jesus.


Who Do You Say That I Am? #8 Friend

Who Do You Say That I Am? #8 Friend


In answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”, this one doesn’t feel right to some people. Calling Him “Friend” feels too familiar, almost disrespectful. Some seem to feel that calling Him friend diminishes His deity somehow. I don’t think that’s the case. I believe that if He is deity (and He is) He should be allowed to set the terms of the relationship. The Bible tells us that friendship with God is possible. James 2:23 tells us “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. Exodus 33:11 tells us “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” Friendship with God seems to have it’s roots in love, faith and faithful service. Friendship with God doesn’t diminish His deity, it makes us work to be the kind of faithful friend He deserves. It makes us want to be better, to live a life that pleases Him, a life somehow worthy (though none of us can ever get all the way there) of friendship with the divine.

But even that is not the greatest reason Jesus is our friend. The greatest reason Jesus is our friend has nothing to do with us. It’s something He did for us. John 15:13-15
13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.Jesus laid down His life for us, sacrifices Himself for us. That’s the greatest act of love a person can do for another. He chose the terms of friendship. He makes the Father’s will known to us and taught us the Father’s will.

Jesus died for me, therefore He’s my friend. That makes me want to be the best friend I can be. Is He your friend? He wants to be. The ball’s in your court.



What’s the first thing we know about God? Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created…” further in John 1:3 speaks of Christ when it says, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Translation God is the Creator and Christ is the Creator. We serve the Creator of everything. This is such incredibly good news. The One who created it knows how it works. The one who wrote the story knows how it ends and all the steps along the way. If we will truly follow and acknowledge our Creator God, we will never leave the right path. The other great thing about this is when we look at the order of Creation, we will see that God made the whole of creation and presented it as a gift to His prized creation, humanity, you and me. Further we can see pretty quickly none of us is accidental. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You were created on purpose, for a purpose. This means the best thing we can do is live on purpose. Your life has meaning and purpose because of your Creator. He’s a creator who loves His creation, so praise Him.


Who Do You Say That I Am? #6 Lion of Judah

Who Do You Say That I Am? #6 Lion of Judah


Today’s image is found in the book of Revelation where Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This image is practically the antithesis of the Lamb of God suffering servant image and yet they work together. Here Christ is portrayed in His true power and might. In another passage the enemy is portrayed as a roaring lion roaming the earth seeking whom He might devour. He’s not the only lion in this show though. There is one far more powerful and He runs to the defense of all who will call upon His name. I am eternally grateful that He sacrificed Himself for me, but I am also grateful for all the times when the enemy was bearing down on me when Christ rushed in to rescue and protect me.

A lot of people struggle with the Lion of Judah image, first because they are okay with a gentle lamb who dies to save them but they don’t really want a king to rune over them. But I think it’s more than that. Lions are wild and unpredictable. They’re not easy to cage, not easy to put in a box. I’m glad about that. I echo C.S. Lewis from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Speaking of Aslan (the Christ figure Lion character) he writes, “He’s not a tame lion, but He is good.” Don’t try to tame Jesus, let Him be the lion He is. Trust me, that is a big part of who we all need Him to be.


Who Do You  Say That I Am? #5 Lamb of God

Who Do You Say That I Am? #5 Lamb of God


The Bible tells us “the wages of sin is death.” From the time God put the law into place, He gave us a visual reminder of this fact. There had to be a sacrifice for sin, an atoning sacrifice had to be made. We sinned, now something had to die. His selection to pay this price? One of the most beautiful, innocent things He ever created, a perfect lamb had to die because of the sins of the people. Something of value reminded them that sin had a cost, but it goes beyond that. The innocent paid the price for the guilty. Whether they knew it or not, it was a symbol of what was to come.

John the Baptist knew what was coming. When he pointed out Jesus to the surrounding crowd, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the World.” The sacrificial system prepared us to receive out Savior—the innocent Son of God who willingly laid down His life for your sins and mine. He is the Lamb of God. Have you accepted His gift of salvation? He paid a high price for you because you were worth it to Him. Receive Him today.


Who Do You Say That I Am? #4 Immanuel

Who Do You Say That I Am? #4 Immanuel


“He will be called Immanuel, meaning God with us.” It’s a line from the Christmas story telling us another characteristic of Jesus. He is God with us. He was God with us when He walked the earth in the flesh and He is God with us now as He lives in the hearts of all believers. The image today represents Christ indwelling the hearts of man kind. He is still Immanuel, still God with us and in His Word He promised that He would be with us always. Does He live in your heart? If not ask Him to come in today. He’s waiting for your invitation.


Who Do You Say That I Am#3 Risen Lord

Who Do You Say That I Am#3 Risen Lord


We talk a lot in the church about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and that is hugely important but there is something more important. Oh certainly the sinless Jesus died in our place to save us from our sins but the greater hope came three days later when He rose from the grave. He rose from the grave. He laid down His life and He had the power to take it up again. He is risen and that is incredibly good news, because just as He rose, so will all who place their faith in Him. He is risen, so the question for each of us becomes, on that day, when you breathe your last, will you rise to be with Him? If you’re not sure place your faith in Him today. If you’re not sure how, contact me, Dave Weiss at amokarts@aol.com


Who Do You Say I Am?#2 Savior

Who Do You Say I Am?#2 Savior


Today’s image of Jesus could perhaps have been number one, It’s Jesus as Savior. The name Jesus literally means “Yahweh will save” and when the angel commanded Joseph to give Jesus his name, he said it was because He will save His people. Jesus came to be your Savior and mine because He loves us and we could not save ourselves. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It further says the wages of sin is death. Right after it says those words, it give us a beautiful message of hope. It says “but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus gave His life and died on the cross so you could live forever in Paradise. That’s how much He loves you and how much you’re worth to Him. He is the Savior. Is He Your Savior?


A friend online asked me a question. Have I ever tried to use art to answer Jesus’ question, “Who Do YOU Say That I Am?” I instantly knew I had to take this on. Needless to say it is too big to do in one image so I decided to start a collection of art. The first answer to this question would have to be to answer as Peter answered the question. He said “you are the Christ…” Some folks act like it’s his last name…you know, Jesus Christ son of Joseph and Mary Christ, but that’s not it at all. Christ is His title. The Hebrew Word for Christ is Messiah. It means the Lord’s Anointed. He is the promised King that will rule forever on the throne of King David. More than that He is the King of my heart and my life goes best when I live my life in obedience to Him. He is the King, He is the Christ. Who do I say He is? To start things off, I say He is Christ my King. Who do YOU say that He is?

Who Do You Say That I Am? #1 Christ

Who Do You Say That I Am? #1 Christ