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Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was one of the greatest artists of...

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to myself.
John 12:32.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was one of the greatest artists of the western world, known as a painter, sculptor and architect, but he also left some masterly poems behind. In his last sonnet he takes stock of 80 years, comparing his life with a journey over a stormy sea in a rocking boat. He is well aware that, at the end of this journey, he will have to account for all his activity.
Michelangelo knows that his devotion to art will not help him in this. So he looks ahead and ends with the words: “Neither painting nor carving will bring the soul salvation, but only turning to the love of God, who extends His arms at the cross to take hold of us.”

Through these words we recognise how someone claimed today’s verse for himself, for the “lifting up”, of which Jesus spoke, signifies His crucifixion. This understanding of Michelangelo’s is essential for everyone: nothing that we can do will justify us at God’s judgment; only by turning to the One who bore the punishment for our sins at Calvary can we obtain salvation for the soul, i.e. receive forgiveness of our guilt and eternal life.

The outspread arms of the crucified One are the supreme expression of the love of God. God does not want those estranged from Him to perish; He calls them to enjoy fellowship with Him; indeed, He wishes to receive them as His children. Jesus testifies:

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14.15).

Today’s reading: Joel 1:1-20 · Proverbs 1:20-33





 

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