Famous the world over Michelangelo’s statue of David, has stood in the city of Florence for over 500 years. Carved from a single block of marble it is one of the most recognised pieces of sculpture in the world. Yet Michelangelo was just 26 years old when he was given the commission and devoted three years of his life to the work.
What is less well known is that the statue was first commissioned nearly 40 years before Michelangelo laid eyes on it. In 1464 the sculptor Agostino began the project and got as far as carving out the feet, legs and torso before stopping work in 1466. For most of the next 35 years the roughly hewn block of marble lay neglected in the workshop of Florence Cathedral, waiting for someone with the ability to turn it into the masterpiece we know today.
Similarly the Bible paints a picture of the world we live in as an unfinished work of art, full of rich potential and giving us glimpses of the beauty that lies within. History would suggest that human efforts alone to do this are no more successful than Agostino. What we need is a Michelangelo to finish the work, and the Bible says that Jesus is just such a man.