Read – The Life of Jesus
Jesus lived and walked on earth for about 33 years in the 1st century AD. For most of his life he worked, as a carpenter, in the town of Nazareth, a busy place in northern Israel. It was only in the final three years of his life that he took to the road as a teacher, prophet and healer, attracting both followers, enemies. The ordinary people, also gathered round in large numbers to listen to his words and seek his healing powers.
Jesus raised questions as soon as he appeared on the public stage, back in the first century: Who is he? Where does he come from? How can he speak with such authority? These questions and many more have continued over the past 2,000 years and have been asked by believers, non-believers, the curious (interested), and by challengers (opponents) of the Christian faith.
No one man has been more influential (persuasive, significant) across the world than Jesus and it is not surprising that people will have an image (picture) of him, which connects (links) to who they are on cultural (traditional) level. For some he is a great teacher whose stories transform (change) lives. Jesus may be the prophet (revealer of Gods truth), who challenges how people live and treat each other in society (social groups). He could be the healer who brings everlasting life and peace as the Son of God, the one who suffered for our sins. Whatever, our personal interpretation (understanding) is about Jesus he has undoubtedly (certainly) made us think.
For a Christian, Jesus is more than just a man who did good things. He is the Son of God who came to show us what God is like and through his death and resurrection (reappearance after he died); he draws us back to God.
Classwork to be completed for Homework
Your task is to:
1. Research the history of three very different images of Jesus. There are some very useful websites. Do not copy and paste information that is not your own words. Click on the link for research page: http://www.rejesus.co.uk/site/module/faces_of_jesus/
2. Create your own image of Jesus and explain why you have pictured him in this way.
Be prepared! Do your research; make sure all the writing is in your own words.
Write or type your research with correct punctuation, spelling and grammar.
Pictures that you have inserted in your booklet about Jesus must be a good quality. When writing about each image:
a. Describe what you can see in the picture.
b. Describe the way the artist portrayed Jesus, His features, clothing, facial expression, the background objects within the frame etc.
c. Explain whether the image fits your personal image of Jesus and why.
d. State who might also picture Jesus in this way other than the artist, and say why you think they see Jesus this way.
e. You can use coloured paper to print your booklet in art club.
Finally, on the last page of your booklet:
a) Create your own image. Draw it or paint it on paper, cloth, plastic, cling film, kitchen foil.
b) Your image should say lots about how you think about Jesus and what you think about Jesus in terms of his appearance.
c) Your booklet should be no larger than size A4.
Remember, to take pride in the way that you present your work. Meet the deadlines due on 23rd February 2018. Have fun and do your very best!
See my email for picture examples. Surprise rewards for the three best booklets completed by 23nd February.