Black Jesus: Shepherd
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- Art Print
- Black Jesus
An open edition work of art that features an African-American Jesus standing in a garden with one arm extended and hand open as he welcomes you into his way of life as he holds a shepherd's staff in his other arm.
This image, an appealing piece of Black religious art, was inspired by John 10:1-21 that reads:
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes[a] it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”
Again the Jews were divided because of these words. Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is out of his mind. Why listen to him?” Others were saying, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
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Vincent BarzoniFor nearly half a century, New York born Vincent Barzoni has been at the forefront of the design and art world. He has lived in Connecticut for more than 40 years. After private study with noted sculptors James Earl Fraser and Berthold Nebel as well as muralist Barry Faulkner, Mr. Barzoni was ready to make his mark. Winning the coveted Hall of Fame of the Trotters award for equestrian sculpture he quickly became an internationally acclaimed sports sculptor. His mechanical and artistic design work has won him commissions from Abercrombie & Fitch, F.A.O. Schwartz, and the Audubon Society among others. Barzoni's excellent work in pastels and watercolors has found enormous acceptance. His work spans a wide range of subjects and his religious works are widely admired. He has become one of the most reproduced artists in the world.
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