Some art for you

I came across this while looking for art depicting Jesus opening the Lamb’s Book of Life (a visual representation that has been hard to find, surprisingly.) I do not agree with the supporting text from which the art was based, which was an ascetical treatise for monasticism in Eastern Christianity. However, I do think it is a perfect pictorial representation of the growing Christian’s walk toward Jesus and the demonic pitfalls and angelic encouragements along the way. I think in reality the supernatural world that is shielded from us doesn’t look too far different from this…

The Ladder of Divine Ascent or The Ladder of Paradise. A 12th-century icon described by John Climacus. Monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai. St John Climacus described the Christian life as a ladder with thirty rungs. The monks are tempted by demons and encouraged by angels, while Christ welcomes them at the summit.

The Ladder of Divine Ascent or The Ladder of Paradise. A 12th-century icon described by John Climacus. Monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai. St John Climacus described the Christian life as a ladder with thirty rungs. The monks are tempted by demons and encouraged by angels, while Christ welcomes them at the summit.