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Ash Wednesday — Rembrandt's Life of Christ

Today is Ash Wednesday. This Art Wednesday will feature Rembrandt and Scripture to walk through the ministry of Jesus, as we consider his life, death, and resurrection in these weeks leading up to Easter.

Rembrandt, Adoration of the Shepherds, 1646


“And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.” –Matthew 2:14-15

Rembrandt, The Flight into Egypt, 1627


Jesus said to her, “Whoever drinks of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –John 4:13-14

Rembrandt, Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, 1655


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives & believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” –John 11:25-26

Rembrandt, The Raising of Lazarus, 1630


He said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her…” They went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman. –John 8:7-9

Rembrandt, Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, 1644


But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. –Luke 22:60-61

Rembrandt, Peter's Denial, 1660


Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. –John 19:4-5

Rembrandt, Jesus Is Shown to the People, 1634


And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. –Matthew 27:50-51

Rembrandt, Christ on the Cross, 1631


Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” –John 20:27-28

Rembrandt, The Doubting Thomas, 1634

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