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The “Christian Butterfly”® design was another gift from God, the Artist’s second divine inspiration. This new symbol of Christian faith transforms the ancient “Ichthus” fish symbol into a beautiful butterfly. Early Christians originally used the ichthus during the time of persecution to secretly identify each other, when they passed on the road. One believer would make an arc on the ground, and if the second person was a believer, he would complete the fish symbol. The letters of the Greek word, ICHTHYS stand for, “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.” To Christians, the butterfly has always symbolized new life, the new birth, new beginnings and a transformed life, as stated scripturally in II Corinthians 5: 17.
The “Christian Butterfly”® design arrived in a very unusual way in early October of 1986. Max wanted to create a piece of jewelry for his wife, Sherry, for her birthday. In desperation, two weeks before her birthday, the Artist cried out to God, as he drove down the road to their home. “God, I give up! I need a good idea quick, please!” As these words came out of Max’s mouth, the image of the ichthus with butterfly wings suddenly appeared in his mind’s eye. Max immediately responded, “Great idea, Lord!” This original idea was the first “vision” given to Max by God, and his second divinely inspired composition.
The Creation Process
Max went on to make a piece of 14K Gold jewelry for Sherry’s birthday. Her response, and the reaction of everyone who saw the unique design was amazement at how two ancient Christian symbols were now combined into a new, elegant design. Apparently, God had saved this simple, yet timeless design for Sherry and Max. The copyrighted and trademarked design became the basis for dozens of Max’s creations, which have now blessed thousands of people around the world. Art Communicates in all languages.
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