Kids and teens face a myriad of unique challenges. Even from an early age, many today face family issues, financial struggles, conflicting value sets, peer pressure, drug abuse, pornography, and even mental illness. Inspiring art can help children and adults alike feel God’s love. It can remind us of our true worth, regardless of what noisy messages we get from the world around us.
Jesus Christ taught us that God loves children and youth. He taught us that we should nurture them, care for them, and even learn from them. As we read in the book of Mark:
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."
Here are a few Christian art pieces depicting scenes of Jesus and the children.
Pictures of Jesus with Children of Different Ethnicities
Awareness is one of Rod Peterson’s strengths as an artist. He paints to create something with which everyone can relate.
In this painting of Jesus with children, Christ is interacting with youth from a variety of different backgrounds. Rod’s work reminds us that God does not see us through cultural or political lenses. His focus is on the heart.
As we read in Doctrine and Covenants 18: “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”
The Gift is another piece by Rod. A little girl is happily handing Jesus a flower.
Similar to Rod’s other images of Jesus, Christ has a warm smile. He accepts the simple and heartfelt gift, just as he accepts our own sometimes seemingly small but sincere efforts.
Perhaps this is why He taught us to learn from their example.
Artist Jay Bryant Ward also creates a touching scene with Christ interacting with a variety of children.
He even illustrates different personalities in each child's face, showing the Savior’s love for every one of them as individuals.
Pictures of Jesus Comforting Children
One of the most beautiful things about this piece is the amount of gentleness in the Savior’s expression. It’s a moving reminder that Christ understands the worries and sadness that young people experience.
We can help children and youth recognize the Savior as a source of comfort.
Mandy Jane Williams also expresses this idea in her painting Solace.
Her piece demonstrates the warmth and closeness that children can feel when they turn to Christ for guidance or peace. Just as in the story of Mark, He will never turn them away.
Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave bring a unique perspective into focus with the title of this piece: Elder Brother.
Typically, pictures of Jesus with a child accurately portray Christ as a leader and role model. However, ‘brother’ takes that idea to a deeper level. It implies that Christ is also a protector and a friend.
Pictures of Jesus Blessing Children
Simon said about this piece:
“Christ’s love and compassion are mercifully extended to each of us. There is not a man, woman, child, or tiny infant that is excluded from His Love."
"Through the Savior our lives can be made complete; in our moments of greatest joy and rejoicing, and in our deepest moments of tragedy and despair, we can take comfort in the fact that His love for us is everlasting, and that we, Gods children, are in His constant care.”
Jorge Cocco has an art style all his own that he calls “saccrocubism." In other words, he uses the principles of cubism to portray the deeper meaning of sacred events. One such event occurs in the later chapters of The Book of Mormon when the resurrected Christ appears to the people in the Americas. Even though there are thousands of people present, Christ takes the time to bless each child.
3 Nephi 17 reads: “And he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. And when he had done this, he wept again; and he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.”
PIctures of Jesus Guiding Children
They say the best leaders are the ones that make more leaders. Jesus Christ is the supreme example of leadership.
In this painting of Jesus with a child, we see a young boy trying to follow after the Savior, even carrying a smaller version of his staff. Jay’s piece reminds us of the potential God sees in every child.
Lightweave creates a similar scene. Here, Jesus is with a child as they watch over the sheep.
The title My Young Shepherd teaches that even children and youth have a vital part to play in serving those around them and helping others come closer to God.
Simon’s images of Jesus Christ are always breathtaking. As clean and flawless as his style looks, you might be surprised to learn how often he redid this particular painting. Here’s why:
“Men of Galilee came about with the idea that in this world, where we have so few honorable male role models, the supreme example of true manhood will always be there for our boys. Such has been my hope for my own two sons as they have looked for men to emulate. This is a picture about guys spending peaceful, wholesome time together--the boys, not yet men but aspiring to be such, and the greatest man there ever was. I really wanted to get this one right and labored over it more than any other image.”
Art and visuals have a way of driving spiritual messages home, especially for children and youth. Peruse our gallery for more inspiring paintings of Jesus Christ, Book of Mormon and Bible Stories, or a variety of other topics for your home or worship services.