In the Land of Luther, where today only some 6% of the population have an active Christian faith, how would you go about connecting people with the centrality of Christianity? You could hardly do better than what the Liebfrauen-Überwasser church in Münster has done in their temporary LUX3 exhibition. For starters, this 800-year-old church is in a very picturesque part of town, full of buildings centuries old. Right now there is a Christmas market all around it, drawing thousands of people, including the Tiews family. We had heard there was some kind of art exhibition there, so we decided to check it out. Even in the cold and frosty air (31 F), there was a long line to get in. Once inside, I looked up to see thousands of differently colored Plexiglas squares and laser beams emanating from the altar. A familiar tune wafted through the ancient building: “The Power of Love” by 1980s pop group “Frankie Goes to Hollywood.” (Really? ). What a contrast…I had to make my way to the front of the church to see the apex of the laser beams: a beautiful larger-than-life crucifix, behind which was a huge, pixelated tapestry. If you squinted at it, you could make out the famous image on the Shroud of Turin (this is possible even in the video posted here). What a clever way to draw people from the busyness of the world and focus them—like lasers—on “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). What does all this mean? Our triune God came down to earth and manifested Himself for you in the flesh of a little Baby, born in a manger over two thousand years ago. He would grow up to redeem all of humanity on the cross of Calvary and apply His salvation to you *personally* in your Baptism—guaranteeing you the forgiveness of all your sins and even eternal life. That is the Power of His Love for you!
Watch a video of the installation here: