Jesus on a bicycle

Keith Watkins Historian

“Flight” . . . design by Yusuf Grillo of Nigeria, contributed to benefit UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund

The scripture text and sermon in church this morning (December 29, 2013) told about Mary, Joseph, and Jesus fleeing for their lives because King Herod was determined to destroy this baby whom he perceived to be a potential rival to his political power. It reminded me of the column I posted three years ago, which shows the Holy Family’s “flight into Egypt” on a bicycle. The story is eternal, the image is haunting, and its timeliness is always with us.   

I bought the UNICEF Christmas card with Grillo’s painting more than thirty years ago, and it continues to be one of my most cherished depictions of Jesus. As a work of art, it is striking in its composition, color, and emotional impact. As a theological statement, it surpasses most sermons…

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