Paintings at Campus Lutheran illustrate season of Epiphany

Friday, January 4, 2013 | 6:12 p.m. CST
Paintings by Rob Becher hang in the sanctuary of Campus Lutheran Church on College Avenue.

COLUMBIA — The Christian season of the Epiphany begins this Sunday and is apparent at a local church.

Five paintings representing scenes from the Bible hang on the south wall of the nave at the Campus Lutheran Church.

Senior Pastor David Benson said the Epiphany season is about celebrating the coming of the wise men to see Jesus as a child, and his life.

According to Bible Gateway's blog, Epiphany is one of five milestones in the Christian calendar. The others are Advent, Christmas, Lent and Eastertide.

The acrylic paintings by Rod Becher, 65, a parishioner at the church, depict the life of Jesus Christ.

The main painting is titled Epiphany and is an illustration of when the three wise men came to Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Continuing the painting series, the baptism of Jesus is the main focus in the second painting.

The third painting shows the Devil temping a weakened Christ. The Devil is represented as an all-white specter taunting Jesus.

The Fourth painting represents Jesus reaching out to fishermen and calling them to be his disciples.

The final painting shows Jesus preaching in the hills of Galilee.  

Benson chose the paintings himself. He said he can point to them during his sermons and use the stories to illustrate the Epiphany season.

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