#Brussels The terrorist in Brussels died filled with hatred. Jesus died in Jerusalem out of love. The night before Jesus died he declared: “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” And then he portrayed servant leadership by taking towel, got down on his knees and washed the disciples’ feet.
When Leonardo da Vinci worked on”The last supper”, he was bitter toward a fellow painter who had offended him. When he came to Judas he painted that fellow´s face as the face of Judas. When he came to paint the face of Christ, he struggled to get it right. He realized that the hate and bitterness he harbored was affecting his own ability to paint. So he went to that man and forgave him, then came back and changed the face of Judas.
The suicide bombers Brussels screamed; ”Allah akbar” (God is greater) before killing themselves and ending the life of many other precious fellow human beings. No, the God they tried to portray is not great, but small, pathetic and morbid, without any power to transform people from the inside and out.
Jesus is the “image of the invisible God”, writes Paul, a former terrorist himself. He struggled to find the right words to describe “the width and length and height and depth of Christ's love”. It was the attractive life and love of Christ that transformed the antic world. It still is!
The terrorists in Brussels portrayed a grotesque picture of God. Da Vinci had to leave his hatred in order to paint a picture of God that the world could receive. We need to do the same!
By Anders-Petter Sjödin
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