August 5-11 - "The Power of God unto Salvation"
Ron Richmond (American, born 1963)
water with jean vouvenet (2013)
oil on canvas, 48 x 66 inches
Collection of Lloyd and Julie Richmond
Used with permission of the artist
Is there a more definitive avowal of discipleship than Paul’s statement to the Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” (Romans 1:16)? We speak to whomever will listen. We share with neighbors and strangers. Some Latter-day Saint artists insert testimony into their works, as well.
The artist Ron Richmond writes, “I love the idea of parable, metaphor, symbol and archetype because they can transcend religion, culture, language, and time. This painting is from a series where I have painted cropped parts of Old Master paintings that usually depict the Savior's descent from the cross. I added a still life in the foreground, a vase of water. Baptism is both a death and a birth. Jean Juvenet uses a white cloth in which the Christ's body will be laid, forming a cradle shape—death and birth in the hope of resurrection. The water in the foreground is not a distant theory or an out-of-reach concept—it is the here and now—the promise of living water.”
Paul described the symbolism of baptism to the Romans in Romans 6:3-6. Having been baptized, he explains that we then "walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). How does your belief in Jesus influence the way you walk in your life?
2. Paul also explains how through the process of baptism, we are "in the likeness" of Jesus (Romans 6:5). Make conscious note this week for occasions when your behaviors toward others and yourself reflect this likeness of Jesus. How do these parallels give you hope in Christ?