HE IS VICTORIOUS: because of Christ’s victory, we do not have to be victims


Today is Resurrection Day, a time that recognizes the day Christ rose with all power in his hands!

Many people are also now referring to this day as Resurrection Day. I do as well. More people are realizing that term “Easter” has nothing to do with the recognition of Christ’s resurrection. Easter is actually a pagan worship of a false goddess (the word “Easter” stems from her name). The goddess is a fertility goddess (thus the symbolic us of eggs & bunnies, which tend to have many babies). Somehow, this pagan worship got confused with the timing of the day which recognizes the day Christ was resurrected. Christ went to the cross to save us. Eggs and bunnies did not go to the cross for us. 


Christ was always here from the beginning with his Father. 
John: 1:1-5 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2) The same was in the beginning with God. 3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

The “Word” is speaking of Christ. God sent Christ to earth as perfect flesh. He sent his beloved son to represent Him; sent his son to save humankind from death and sin. Christ was well-received by a multitude of people, but by others Christ was scourned, mocked and ultimately tortured & crucified. He went through this willingly because of his great love for us. Because of God’s great love for us, He sent His son to be the one-time solution to redeem us. God raised His beloved son and Christ lives eternally with the Father. Seeing as God & Christ have infinite love for us, it only makes sense that we genuine love for Them rises up in us, too. God the Father & Christ the Savior have done SO much for us, it only makes sense to recognize this and be eternally grateful. We did not deserve such a great love, yet it is given as a gift and a grace. 

Luke: 24:2-3 says, “And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3) And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”

John: 11:25-27 says, “Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live 26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?’ 27) She saith unto him, ‘Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.’ “

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we do not have to be overcome with sin. Christ defeated sin and so through faith in him we can do the same. Christ defeated death and so through him we can do the same; being spiritually renewed. Even if we die in this earthly flesh, death in earthly bodies is NOT the end.  So what is important is that we can have eternal life in God’s Kingdom with our spirits (which do not die) inhabiting new, Heavenly bodies. Just have faith and live to do God’s will (which is best for our lives). 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 states, “5) For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2) We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3) For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. 4) While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5) God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

6) So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7) For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8) Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9) So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10) For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”

If you have faith, be strenghthened! If you do not have faith, I pray that you will so that you can have life in Christ!

Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“The Peace of Christ”, mixed media on foam core, 2015

I had done this drawing for a Christmas joint exhibit two years ago at my alma mater, Claflin University. The cross, of course, is a reminder of Christ’s great love for humankind; the salvation he brought us. The dove is a well-known symbol of peace. Purple is the color of royalty. Please forgive the blurry photo! Hope to replace this image with a sharper one, soon.


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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 13


Survive, mixed media & a bird feather on mat board, 2004.

Survive.
Mixed media & a bird feather on mat board, 2004.

“Survive”

What: There is quite a bit going on in this piece, so much so that I did not know how to start this post off! I sat for a while just looking at the screen & at the random things in the room and, I kid you not, I said: “Aaaaaahhhhhh!” Writer’s block is as bad as artist’s block. I would have screamed louder, but I have neighbors & they’d think I am nuts. Then again…………….they know I am an artist, so they would probably think I was being normal.  Anyway, this drawing features, as you can see, a grouping of hands with some religious & cultural objects and also some other elements. And a lot of lines and a lot of yellow!

What II: This work, as I said, is a religious piece (though, due to its subject, it is also a social piece). By now, many who know me personally and those who frequent my blog know that I am Christian. Naturally I am going to create art centered around that because it’s a part of me. To explain it quickly, this work is about the survival and endurance of three particular groups of people: Africans and those descended from them, indigenous (in this case, Native Americans) and Jewish (though being Jewish is not a race, but is the culture of a religion). I, myself, have descent from a few groups, including African and Native American, so that made this work even more personal. Every race has and most cultures have struggled one way or another through history, but these three groups have more than others. Africans & their descendants dealt with major slavery for many centuries (which includes being forcibly displaced from their original home), and discrimination, Native Americans dealt with some slavery, being forcibly displaced from from their homes and discrimination and Jewish people dealt with major slavery in ancient days, the Holocaust and discrimination. Since people are not perfect and choose to practice evils, hatred and stereotypes still exist (but in lesser degrees, thank God), but there were days when such hate toward others was WORSE. And, so, this artwork conveys God’s grace, mercy and healing on three peoples. Evil slavery no longer exists among these people, the selfish practice of displacement is no longer practiced, the nightmare of the Holocaust is over, the ignorance of discrimination has lessened greatly. Mankind is so vulnerable and exposed to the dangers of fellow mankind, that we need Higher Help. This help comes from God (Yahweh: LORD). The fingers above are larger than the hands below and these fingers are lighter in color (having a subtle glow) than the hands below, as well. These fingers represent divine help and guidance from God. God is present in Spirit and present in all of His creations. The hands below, from your left to your right: 1) the Jewish (represented with the Star of David containing God’s shining name in Hebrew: YHWH-they spelled it without vowels to prevent being able to pronounce His Name since God’s Name is Holy), 2) the Native American (represented with turquoise stone and an actual feather I employed) and 3) Africans and those with African heritage (represented by the familiar Kente cloth in the form of a sheath). God has brought all of these peoples through their struggles, He destroyed evil practices that threatened them and they SURVIVE. God gracefully and mercifully intercedes for mankind, but when you are in spirit with God & Christ (having accepted Them), He intercedes even more with those of FAITH. That being said, these groups contained many people who, before and during their now annihilated struggles, had come to accept God as Father & Jesus as Savior (Jesus is more than a great prophet), but for those who had not yet accepted God & Jesus, I can only hope that many made the choice to do so as they saw the power of God at work in destroying bondages & hindrances that humankind creates. Many still come into personal acceptance of God & Jesus into their lives everyday. I know people have to make their own choice to accept God & Jesus into their life & spirit, but since I am Christian, I naturally will mention the Father and the Savior.

What III: The colored rays are light rendered in an abstract way: as a series of lines. The semi-circular lines at top represent earth. The yellow background just seemed like the right color to help every other color and object stand out. They vibrant yellow also reflects the Glory of the Divine. The various-colored purple circles in the background (there are three) represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That was a LOT of background, huh? But that is the gist of this piece! Struggle becoming survival and endurance! Amen…

Why: Why did I draw this? Well, I will answer in parts.

1) I wanted to have a reason to draw on some more mat board that I had on hand. Mat board is described here: “A mat board, sometimes referred to as a mat, is a cardboard-like material, which sits between a frame and your photograph or artwork to give it a more finished look. Mat boards range in a variety of colors and cores (…mat board core is the center material of the mat board. Mat board cores come in a variety of thicknesses…), depending on your needs.” – definition from wholesalematboards.com. You can read more about mat boards at their site HERE. I discovered drawing on textured (not all mat board is textured) mat board in 2003 some time after graduating from university. I think my first drawing on mat board was this piece titled “when It’s Hidden”: CLICK HERE. It is partially a self-portrait (the subject at front being me). I will post an art analysis on this piece one day. I like drawing on paper a lot, but drawing on textured mat board gives artwork an interesting visual result thanks to the little pits all over the surface of the board. The texture is even more defined & visible when using dark, rich material on it like charcoal. Drawings take on more textural character. 

2) Another reason that I created this piece was so that I could add to my portfolio of work. All artists should have an ever-expanding portfolio of work for personal and commercial reasons. Sometimes we do not feel like creating or do not have the motivation (artists aren’t always on a creative high as some people may think), but we must renew our creative fire and use it to go berserk producing, again! 3) I also drew this piece so that I could test my own skills and also to make sure I do not lose my ability to render those skills and do not lose my ability to come up with new subjects (I like to try interesting subjects rendered in interesting ways…I get bored kinda easily). Artists must always challenge themselves and must always progress in skills and ideas. 4) Yet another reason I created this work was to produce a work with a specifically religious subject.

When: I created this in 2004. A year or close to a year after I graduated from university (I like to say it like many Europeans say it: “university”). Americans usually say “college”, which is just as well, but my school has “university” in the title (Claflin University), so I think it more correct to say that word. But I digress!! I know!!

How: This part will be somewhat shorter than the above paragraphs! I utilized mat board, oil paint, colored pencil, black and white (for tints) charcoal pencil, black aerosol/spray paint and a feather. Yes, a REAL feather! After I finished plucking the bird, I prepared it and roasted it. It was one fine bird.  ………… Just kidding. I did not eat the bird. I do not even know what bird this feather came from! I just saw the feather laying on the ground in my yard. I have a thing with collecting feathers, cleaning them (because the bird it detached from may have been sick) and keeping them just to look at them (and since I am an artist & so fall into some artist habits, I actually decorated my hair with real feathers when I was at university, like you would put a rose in your hair…but I have since stopped doing that far-out kind of thing!). I think feathers are beautiful & their fine, orderly detailing (again, God at work) is fascinating. I used this particular feather in this artwork. Art can employ all types of objects! I have used wire, thread and even pencil shavings in other works.  Art is FAR from boring, that is for sure! I also utilized my own hand in this work. My left hand I used to model ALL four hands (this is including the fingers above). I had to twist my wrist around a lot (especially for the hand at the right) and hold my hand in place in front of my face to render the three different poses, but yes, all three are my hand. I just visually altered the size of the one at the left to appear like a man’s hand (notice it is larger than the other two). As you can see, everything from the hands, to the turquoise stone (modeled after how they can really appear), to the Kente cloth flowing over the sinews of the hand…I incorporate a lot of detail. In my artwork, I am heavily influenced by realism, naturalism and the Renaissance masters. I love detail and modeling. My Mom says I have “eyes like a microscope”! I gotta humbly thank the LORD for that. Anyhow, back to the major wrist-flexing to accomplish the hand poses…I had a slightly sore wrist after the work was complete (this work took me less than a month to complete)! It was like artist’s carpal tunnel, but it was worth it!

Survive. Detail.

Survive.
Detail.

Well, that wraps up this edition of WhatWhyWhenHow. Thank God for art and thank God for survival!!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and feel free to comment! Also feel free to return to my blog and read this, older & future posts! Thanks!

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CORRECTION: Moore, Oklahoma death toll


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Hello, readers.

Yesterday, I posted an article of encouragement and various ways to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma. You can read it here: CLICK.

The issue at hand in this Correction post is that, in the post, I mistakenly listed the death toll as being 91. I, of course, was way off. My apologies for this error. I was looking for the correct number in my online research. Some sorces said 24 (that is what I was going to post), other sources said 51 and even 91. I figured 91 was correct because it seemed, then, that the death toll had risen. But that is so far from the actual count. Any death toll, even 1 person, is a sad number so 24 is still just as heart-wrenching as 91. I have corrected that count in my post from yesterday.

That being said, 24 people (10 of them were children) are deceased. That number is as of the most recent count. Prayerfuly that number will not rise. The bodies have gone on, but we all have a spirit. Spirits do not die.

Families remember Oklahoma tornado victims; incl. a list of the victims: CLICK

  • It will obviously take people time and a lot of patience to get through this aftermath, but there is light at the end of any tunnel. Here are two awesome articles of this truth:

A child is born in the midst of a hospital falling apart: CLICK

A family’s positivity despite the tornado: CLICK

Final Note:

I always feel it is important to talk of God and positives in times like this to hopefuly help people gain a calming perspective. This perspective isn’t just mine, it’s truth. Thank God for resilience. Nobody is going to forget what happened and it will obviously take time to pick up the pieces and gain some semblance of normalcy back, but being negative and sad constantly will do nothing but crumble you and you end up defeating yourself. God didn’t cause this. It’s a natural disaster in an obviously chaotic world, but God uses this situation to strengthen people and concrete their resolve. The people of Oklahoma are so very strong. These people are so very strong to smile and work through this as best they can. Happiness never goes out of style and the tornado did not take that. I hope those effected all the best! Amen!

MOORE, OKLAHOMA: tornadoes cannot destroy human endurance


Prayer moves things and heals. Pray for the people of Oklahoma.

Prayer moves things and heals. Pray for the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

From  time to time I post something that is not geared toward art, but geared toward something so important, I feel I must post.

On Monday, May 20th, a tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. It caught people in the middle of living their daily lives. It was was force that caused, as of today, 2 billion dollars in damage with EF-5 force winds (this involved speeds that at times went beyond 200 mph)! A quiet day became homes, schools, businesses torn apart like sturctures made of popsicle sticks. A quiet day became 24 people (10 of them were children) deceased. That number is as of a count on Tuesday, May 21st. A very somber time.

I cannot fully even imagine what the people in Moore, Oklahoma are going through, but I know one thing: they have the ability to be STRONG. I hope to be able to comfort people and to help people understand, here. God did not cause this. Moore Oklahoma isn’t Sodom & Gomorrah, it isn’t Egypt and the totures they caused on the Israelites. God punished those people, those places because goodness could not barely be found & the people did not take the chance that God gave them to change. Moore, Oklahoma was not hit by God, then. He has no reason to cause random destruction of no basis. This was a natural disaster in a chaotic and NOW imperfect & simply evil world. I want you to be assured of that. God would rather heal the people of Moore and heal the people of Oklahoma. Lean on Him for strength. He put strength in us and survivor skills in us; we are worth a lot to Him.

The tornado may have ripped away structures, but it didn’t rip away endurance. People were created to be survivors. God enabled us with a determination & will to make it & gain back at least some semblance of normalcy. One never forgets what happens, but we do heal. People survived by grace of God and by grace of God people are supporting each other and donating. The tornado may have taken bodies (sometimes people just cannot sustain particular injuries), but it did not take the spirits contained in those bodies. The body is important and is what we associate someone with physically, but it is not as important as the spirit. The spirit is who someone really is. God loves life so much that He provided us with spirits that survive beyond the body. The spirit is also waht connects us to God when we accept Him/receive Him. Your loved one is not dead. The spirit just waits for Judgment Day. The spirit does not die. Death is not an end because saying death is the end devalues everything you are and ever did in life. You would be devaluing your own life & worth. Your loved one was and is worth more than that. Be encouraged Moore, Oklahoma and all of Oklahoma. It will be a gradual healing, but YOU WILL BE FINE. Have faith. My prayers are with everyone in Oklahoma. Amen.

(When Revelations is nearing the end of being fulfilled and when God has completed giving humanity time to genuinely accept Christ and be righteous-because He is giving humanity time; that is grace and that is love-then Jesus will return. All will be well. All pain will end. A brighter day is coming and no amount of evil can change that. Be assured, be strong.)

Please meditate on these:

John 14:1-3 ESV  – “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV  – “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Romans 5:3-4 ESV  – “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,…”

James 1:12 ESV –  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

John 16:33 ESV  – “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 12:12 ESV  – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

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BECAUSE OF HIM: Resurrection Day…Jesus expressed in imagery


THANK YOU.

THANK YOU….

Hi, my precious blog readers and all! My posts are often laced with friendly sarcasm and goofiness, but sometimes it’s time to be serious! Friday was Good Friday. It was Holy Saturday, yesterday (this commemorates the day Jesus was laid in his tomb). Today, of course, is Resurrection Day (I call it that because of the fact Easter and the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection are not the same thing because the word ‘Easter’ supposedly stems from the name of a fertility goddess & Easter is actually pagan in origin: CLICK HERE to read the truth).

On Friday, I posted a small article about Good Friday and mentioned that I would post another write-up involving images. These images represent Jesus’ self-less love and God’s love for His son & humankind. God allowed for Jesus’ death knowing that he was the ony truly undefiled, pure way for us to have forgivance, but it is people whom actually commited the ACT of killing Jesus. God did not kill his own son (people seem to say that when they are at odds with God and want to find fault with Him). And God made sure to use only the divine power that only He has to resurrect His son so that Jesus now lives eternally. He loves His son! He loves us! If we accept God & Jesus, live with God in our spirit and live a righteous life (making real efforts to move away from sin), we also can have everlasting life. Just for God & Jesus’ act of loving us is enough for me to love them, too. How about you? They love us and watch us everyday, but they do not love our errors (we all have a habit of doing our will and ignoring God’s Will…doing OUR will involves all types of sin and these sins also include issues of morality-same sex marraige and abortion for ex.-that people try to make right to suit what THEY want while totally going against GOD’s nature and His purpose for us). I don’t intend to seem perfect (I’m a sinner working on myself, too). I also don’t intend to bash people over the head, here, but life is too serious to fool around with it; the truth should be told. Christianity is the one and true way as it involves grace as the way to salvation. All other religions involve having to DO things in specific ways to gain salvation. But with Christianity, grace (undeserved love & mercy) is FREE; we just have to EARN eternal life by accepting God & Jesus (and truly loving Them by the way), living right and having a good heart (because DOING good does not mean your HEART is good).

I know this is an art-based blog, but my spiritual life is very important. Of course, in this post, I have tied in images for the sake of spirituality and art.

Below, I have also included wallpaper-type images (I am a wallpaper fanatic). I hope you enjoy viewing the artistic renderings and interpretations of  & about God and Jesus while gaining inspiration and reflecting on your connection/relationship with Them. If you are a nonbeliever, I hope this can help to open your heart:

* For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever *
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Detail: Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Fresco. 1508 to 1512. Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Detail: Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Fresco. 1508 to 1512. Sistine Chapel ceiling.

God is an Awesome God

If God is For Us

God made me and will can me

God Rocks

From truli.net.

God Direct My Life

Never Thank God Enough

God Will Do the Rest

the closer you walk with God

God is Big and Powerful_Keep Calm

God id NOT an option

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* Crucifixion *

Jesus bore our sins

Cristo Crucificado (Christ Crucified) by Francisco de Goya.Oil on canvas. 1780.

Cristo Crucificado (Christ Crucified) by Francisco de Goya.
Oil on canvas. 1780.

* Michelangelo’s Rendition of Mary with her son, Jesus *

Pietà. 1498-1499.Marble, 68.5" x 76.8" (174 cm x 195 cm)

Pietà.
Marble. 1498-1499.

* Entombment *

The Entombment of Christ by Caravaggio.Oil on canvas. 1602-1603.

The Entombment of Christ by Caravaggio.
Oil on canvas. 1602-1603.

* The Resurrection *

Resurrection of Christ by Edward Knippers.Oil on wood. 2007.

Resurrection of Christ by Edward Knippers.
Oil on wood. 2007.

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* Ascension *

The Ascension by Dosso Dossi.16th c.

The Ascension by Dosso Dossi.
16th c.

* Text-Based Images *

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Jesus Christ Our Hope by Coswyn. Find art by Coswyn HERE.

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* Images with Text *

Jesus took his place in a manger

From crosscards.com.

When Revelations has been fulfilled, Jesus will return. In this time, humanity is also being given a chance to accept God & Jesus and of course to love Them (the fact they love us & want the best for us is cause for us to love Them). The fact we are being given this time period of chance is mercy and love.

When Revelations has been fulfilled, Jesus will return. In this time, humanity is also being given a chance to accept God & Jesus and of course to love Them (the fact they love us & want the best for us is cause for us to love Them). The fact we are being given this time period of chance is mercy and love.

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the light of Jesus

Jesus will catch me

Jesus is My Superhero

Not Ashamed of Jesus

* Follow Jesus *

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Jesus14 Follow Jesus_Twitter

Jesus has no tumblr but I follow

From joshmaldito.tumblr.com.

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* Crosses *

Calvary crosses

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pink cross

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Think this is by an artist going by the name ‘silver leaf’. Can’t remember what source I saw this at.

flaming cross

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I hope that you loved viewing these images and that they helped to remind you of a great and loving act. If you are not a believer, I hope this will inspire you to be. God and Jesus are waiting…

  • READ ABOUT JESUS’ SENTENCING, CRUCIFIXION & DEATH HERE IN JOHN: CLICK
  • READ ABOUT THE ABOVE IN MATTHEW: CLICK
  • READ ABOUT JESUS’ RESURRECTION, APPEARANCE & THE PURPOSE OF JOHN’S GOSPEL HERE: CLICK

** Matthew 28:16-20

New International Version (NIV)

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus and the Cross on Calvary

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BECAUSE OF HIM: Good Friday


THANK YOU.

THANK YOU….

Hi, my precious blog readers and all! My posts are often laced with friendly sarcasm and goofiness, but sometimes it’s time to be serious! It is Good Friday and since it is such a special day about such a remarkable act, I wanted to do a post on this.

Jesus did a good (technically he did a profoundly awesome) thing for us: sacrifice. Because of his purity and his sacrifice as a oure being, we have a chance to commune with God, we have a chance to be better & to be forgiven (with sincere repentance and a sincere effort to do God’s Will) and we have a chance to live forever in peace. I am glad Jesus made it through and now lives forever, too. His Father made sure of that; Jesus sits at his Father’s right hand and is King.

Jesus is King

Thank you, God and Jesus, for loving us and for bestowing grace upon us more than what we deserve. Your love is beyond much and simply for that love, I love You. Amen.

Sunday afternoon, I will post some beautiful images representing Jesus and his unfailing, unchanging love for humankind. Have a wonderful night (or day) and reflect on Jesus.

** John 19:28-37 **

New International Version (NIV)

The Death of Jesus

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

JESUS Name above every name

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A TRULY MERRY CHRISTMAS: images of beautiful nativity art (ever-present hope in chaotic times)


The Angel. Mixed media on paper. 2008. One of my drawings, which I did for my home church.

The Angel. Mixed media on paper. 2008. One of my drawings, which I did for my home church.

The Mystical Nativity. Oil on canvas. By Sandro Boticelli. 1500.

The Mystical Nativity. Oil on canvas. By Sandro Boticelli. 1500.

Adoration of the Shepherds. By Agnolo Bronzino. 1535-1540.

Adoration of the Shepherds. By Agnolo Bronzino. 1535-1540.

Christmas!!

This post features Nativity Scene art (like the two that I posted above), whether from fine artists or craft artists. Nativity Scenes are some of the most popular and well known holiday art/pieces in existance. They visually tell of Christmas and of one’s faith/belief. Below, I have featured 12 gorgeous images. As far as I can tell from reading the Bible for years, the only people whom were present after the birth of Jesus were shepherds and then after they left to spread the word of his birth, 3 magi (0r wise men) came to honor and worship him. But many nativity scenes also feature a cavalcade of characters. They are always wonderful to look at and study with the interested eye…

In such times as these (violence all around the world and other devastations), we all need a powerful presence to watch over our obvious vulnerability. Just imagine how much more devastating life could be without God? Oh, He is here. When evil is defeated (from big to small circumstances), it is also called reaping what one sows; that means God does avenge the innocent. Jesus is our line to God. I guess I am being all religi-fied (I know, not a real word) and some reaing this may say why am I posting all of this. It’s because of how crazy the world is right now, that tends to make you draw closer to a Higher Power-God (I even read that many people in Newtown, CT became closer to God or renewed their faith in Him; they know He is the greatest source of comfort & love after such an evil event; an event that happened because evil took control of a weak guy’s mind). And some may say why am I being so biased here about One God. There is One God. And that is Jehovah. The cavalcade of god’s in this world is confusing and not truth. I may risk alienating some dear readers, but if you are going to stand for something, you may as well risk it all the way. Besides, people’s opinions cannot save my soul. People cannot even save themselves…

Some thoughts before the images: Many people (like me) consider this a time to celebrate, with respect & gratefulness, the birth of Jesus. None of us know exactly when the Savior was born, but we acknowledge him for his divine birth and his divinely purposeful presence. God, his Father, pre-destined where he when he would be born, where he would be born and to whom he would be born to. He pre-destined that Jesus, through his perfection, atone for our sins with his death (God pre-destined what Jesus was to do, but it is many-not all-Romans and Jews whom performed the actions that led to his death and that killed him; God did not kill his very own son). God loves us, His creations, so dearly that He gave His son, but He also loves His son so dearly that now Jesus lives forever, never to worry about pain or sorrow again. As long as we accept God Jesus and the Word, also admitting we are sinners, & we repent (ask forgivance & sincerely work on getting rid of sin), we also have a chance to live forever one day. God is giving humankind a chance to be saved, that is on reason why the ‘end’ has not come, yet (the Mayans seem to always be wrong &  just as wrong are the doomsday-sayers whom do things like flee to mountains or hole up in underground dwellings surrounded by a food supply that would make Wal-Mart and Costco jealous).

Christmas is also a time people come together to be with family and friends and to enjoy the light-hearted holiday spirit and get bellies the size of a small hut. Also, many others celebrate Christmas in the stores! I didn’t mind growing up not focusing on the gifts part because we got stuff year round, anyway. Learning & talking about Jesus during Christmas has always been a comfort to me & many. In fact, lastnight I attended a Christmas Eve service at church. Today, I’m visiting my Mom (but I prepared this writing yesterday and then easily posted it today, since I’ll be too busy today to write a holiday post). Another thing to note: Christmas is ‘Christ’ and ‘mass’ (from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass). But some people say/write the abbreviation Xmas (which would be explained as such: …The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as “Christ”. There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”.) So, in light of that, a non-believer saying Xmas to take ‘Christ’ out of Christmas is actually saying ‘Christ’, anyway!! A non-believer celebrating a religious-based holiday is self-defeatest of their unbelief. I wonder if they have ever thought on that? If you ae going to celebrate Christmas, may as well go all the way and consider that someone did die for you from deep love for you…MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

Okay, here are more images!:

Nativity Scene 1

Nativity Scene

Adoration of the Shepherds. Oil on wood. By Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.1534-1540.

Adoration of the Shepherds. Oil on wood. By Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.1534-1540.

Nativity Scene4

Nativity Scene 5_olive wood

Nativity Scene. Fresco. By Giotto Di Bondone. 1310.

Nativity Scene. Fresco. By Giotto Di Bondone. 1310.

Nativity Scene 7

A somewhat modern take on the Nativity scene.

A somewhat modern take on the Nativity scene.

Nativity at Night. Oil on oak. By Geertgen tot Sint Jans from a composition by Hugo van der Goes. 1490.

Nativity at Night. Oil on oak. By Geertgen tot Sint Jans from a composition by Hugo van der Goes. 1490.

nativity Scene. Pulpit relief from the Pisa Baptistry. By Nicola Pisano. 1260.

nativity Scene. Pulpit relief from the Pisa Baptistry. By Nicola Pisano. 1260.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. JESUS IS THE REASON; HE LOVES US!!

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