SALVADOR DALI attempted to capture the mystery of Christ on the cross as fully human and fully divine in his best-known painting, Christ of St. John of the Cross. He said the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross inspired him.
In Dali’s vision, Jesus’ body is perfect. No nails penetrate his hands and feet; there is no scar on his side. He hangs freely in front of the cross that soars above the world below. Everything moves toward and flows from his head at the center of the paininting. This is the crucified Jesus who is at the same time the Son of God; the one of whom Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible God. … He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. … in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:15-19).
– James A. Harnish
From pages 61-62 of Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James A. Harnish. Copyright © 2017 by James A. Harnish. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:12, NRSV
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