Gazing on God Through Art | 05

Written By Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Romans 7:7–13.

What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! But I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet. And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life again and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. Therefore, did what is good become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure.

What does this passage communicate about your new life in the Spirit?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.


When approached with eyes wide open to God’s presence, gazing at beauty in art can be the Holy Spirit’s avenue for an awareness of union with God and spiritual wholeness.

Spend a few minutes meditating on this art.


Keeping the art in mind, wait in prayerful silence for 5 minutes. Write down what the Holy Spirit shows you.


Week 5 of 5 Contemplation

Good Friday / Whipped Christ

From the artist Stephen Procopio:

In Christ’s wounds we see the destruction of life itself. In Colossians, it says that through Him and for Him all things were made and He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. I considered this truth as I drew Christ’s hands willingly open, tied together by a cheap rope that is hanging to a nail similar to the nails that would pierce His flesh. He is wrapped in the garments, like a storm, surrounded by the mockers that were prophesied to be there in the book of Isaiah. His wounds explode into new life that is falling to pieces before our eyes.

My hope is that as we consider what Christ suffered, as we often see images of Him on the cross, or walk through stations in cathedrals, that we could see this anew and understand that He went willingly for you and me. That His suffering was not in vain but was the race set before Him and that He endured it with great purpose.

Stephen Procopio, Good Friday / Whipped Christ, 2022, pen and ink sketch, digitally colorized.

A print of this work is on display at the Christ Community Downtown Campus.

Luke 22:27


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