Christ of the Lightning

That huge statue of Christ overlooking Rio De Janeiro (where our fellow Cranacher Frank Sonnek lives) was struck by lightning, the moment captured in a remarkable photograph.   Getting struck by a bolt of lightning is the primeval conception of  God’s judgment. In this image, Christ takes that judgment into Himself.   This, my friends, is a photograph of the Gospel. Christ struck by Lightning

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Larry

    “Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
    the slave has sinnèd, and the Son has suffered:
    for my atonement, while I nothing heeded,
    God interceded.”
    (Johann Hermann, 1630; tr. Robert S. Bridges, 1899)

  • Larry

    “Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
    the slave has sinnèd, and the Son has suffered:
    for my atonement, while I nothing heeded,
    God interceded.”
    (Johann Hermann, 1630; tr. Robert S. Bridges, 1899)

  • The Jones

    Just wondering….how in the world do you photograph lightning? Just a one in a billion chance I guess. I mean, it even looks sunny outside.

  • The Jones

    Just wondering….how in the world do you photograph lightning? Just a one in a billion chance I guess. I mean, it even looks sunny outside.

  • Kirk

    You have to use what essentially abouts to a super high quality video camera. It shoots dozens of frames per second and then the photographer goes through afterwards and picks out the best ones. Other than that, it just has to be pointing in the right spot.

  • Kirk

    You have to use what essentially abouts to a super high quality video camera. It shoots dozens of frames per second and then the photographer goes through afterwards and picks out the best ones. Other than that, it just has to be pointing in the right spot.

  • Kirk

    ps: that should say “amounts” as opposed to “abouts”

  • Kirk

    ps: that should say “amounts” as opposed to “abouts”

  • fw

    I get to see Jesus every morning from my bed by e ver so slightly turning my head.

    Often He has His head in the clouds or He is hidden from me.

    It is comforting though to be able to trust that He will never leave me or forsake me.

    This is the single hope that I live in.

  • fw

    I get to see Jesus every morning from my bed by e ver so slightly turning my head.

    Often He has His head in the clouds or He is hidden from me.

    It is comforting though to be able to trust that He will never leave me or forsake me.

    This is the single hope that I live in.

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