Robberies are not unusual, but this one is. A sketch by artist Salvador Dali has been stolen from the men’s prison at Riker’s Island. The sketch is of Jesus Christ on the cross. The sketch could be worth from $175,000 to as much as three times that amount.

It seems amazing that this work of art could be stolen from a place so well guarded. We can hope that the thief who stole it might be so influenced by the depiction of Christ that he might return it and steal no longer. The more we comprehend the Christ of the cross, the more inclined we are toward reformation.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.