Christ on the Cross – Velazquez, 1632
Background: Compared to the previous two pictures this is a tranquil picture. There is not the physical pain of the Grunewald, nor the emotional distress of the Prud’hon. The cross itself looks like wood from a well finished cabinet and the sign above Jesus head has beautiful calligraphy. Even the blood from Jesus’ side has not stained his loin cloth.
For me this speaks of the beautiful and finished work of Christ. Its quiet and simple dignity makes me want to sit at the feet of the cross and worship my gracious Savior.
Scripture: John 10:17-18
The Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “IT IS FINISHED,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
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Michael, thank you for these. Appreciate your artistic sensitivity.
Thanks, Carol. I’m glad it spoke to you.