Face of Christ

by world famous artist Joe Castillo

The picture below is called the Face of Christ by world famous artist Joe Castillo.

Talent blossomed at an early age for Joe Castillo. Both his parents were artists. Joe became involved with art at an early age. By five he was passionately painting and drawing daily. By eight his father was teaching him to hand letter brush script. Then, at fifteen, he was invited to go to a Christian church camp in Southern Mexico. While there a chalk artist did an illustration of the face of Christ and shared the Gospel. Joe was so moved by the drawing and the powerful message that he accepted Christ that night.

Joe enrolled in an art school and after graduation, he opened an adverting agency and did art on the side. A friend saw his drawing of the Face of Christ and offered to market it and give Joe the royalties. The face of Christ did sell, but Joe never got a cent. Joe felt betrayed and angry at God for what had happened. Eventually Joe sought the Lord to help him as he struggled to forgive. God gave him the Scripture verse Psalms 105:4, Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.

One day while looking at his original drawing, Joe realized it was incomplete. "The image was missing the fact that God is in the business of resurrecting things, bringing life out of death. Joe went back and redid the drawing this time including the resurrection."

For the next forty years his love of art and passion for God would inspire and guide his life through many interesting twists and turns. Now Joe travels the country using his gift to help other see Christ. He encourages other artists and churches to use art to reach the lost.

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