Christ Healing the Sick at the Pool of Bethesda
While preparing for this weeks Sunday School lesson, I teach the 9-10 year olds, I felt inspired to finally share one of my most cherished moments. Sitting in front of Carl Bloch painting “Christ Healing the Sick at the Pool of Bethesda”.
This weeks lesson is titled “The Good Shepherd”. One of the suggested readings is Mark 10:13–16, where in Christ says “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God”. I’ve always believed that Christ would act as most parents do. He’d go out of his way to bless children.
The world can be a difficult place for children, sometimes more than little ones can bare. I’ve seen and felt first hand the mediating powers of Heaven during such times.
Carl Bloch’s painting hang in in BYU’s Museum of Art at a staggering 8.4’ x 10.48’. If you have the chance, please view it in person. No reproduction can compare this original. The museum is just a few feet from my office, which affords me the frequent opportunity to meditate in it’s presence.
I often think about the experience of this small child who happened upon Christ at the Pool of Bethesda. He stairs into the viewers eyes with a bit of longing or sorrow. Surely Christ would have sought out this child to ministered and bless him.
Carl Bloch himself had eight children. If you examine his work, you’ll find he loves to sneak children into his paintings. As an artist I understand very clearly how real each person becomes. As the work comes to fruition of the weeks, if not months, you start to develop a back story for each person. You become attached to them.
During my frequent visits to this masterpiece, I find myself caught up in the life this child must have lived. The challenges he faces, and the ensuing encounter with Christ. I can’t help but think of the next time we’ll all have the pleasure of being in his presence. As little children, we’ll enjoy the comfort, security, and rest in his arms.