Watch this and I think you’ll get it.
A powerful film parable.
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Watch this and I think you’ll get it.
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One of the first performance painters I’ve seen, nails it again!
It’s a reminder that His blood is on our hands, but by His wounds we are healed.
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This one was a little different for me. Silence felt hard to describe for a moment. I thought about distractions and considered making an entirely blank piece as that might be silence in my thought addled world, but then I took a different direction. I began to think of a person being bombarded with noise with his hands over his ears, screaming for silence, but what would the noises be. And then I saw it. Many artists, including this one sometimes suffer from horrible self-esteem, maybe it’s because we take so many risks or have so many critics, I don’t know.
I do know this, there are all these voices in society and sometimes in our heads that tell us all kinds of lies about ourselves. We’re too stupid, too ugly, too fat, too thin, worthless, useless and on and on and on. I also know artists are not alone in this many are bombarded with these voices from within and without. We lose when we listen to them. The only way to win is to “silence” the voices. This is not done with some act of violence. We silence the voices when we don’t listen and keep doing what we do. The best way to silence a critical voice is to prove it wrong.
For followers of Christ though, there is a better way. It’s to remember who you are and the high price Christ paid for you. Every voice around you and within you may want to tell you you’re worthless, but the only voice that really matters values you so much that He gave His only Son to die in your place. Let that silence the voices.
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The second image for the IllustrationFriday.com stripes challenge may be slightly less predictable.
Isaiah 53:5 says: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Those stripes were wounds driven deep into the flesh of the Savior by a lead tipped Roman whip. The intense punishment that began what we now call Good Friday. You see before they would place a convicted person on a cross the Romans would beat him nearly to death. Such was the beginning of the price Jesus paid for up. It’s a conundrum. How could a day of such torture be called Good Friday? Surely not because it was a good thing to happen to Jesus. I’m sure the disciples saw that day as anything but good. No the goodness was on the cross. It was Jesus doing the greatest act of good a person can do. He laid down His life for you and me. See, those stripes, they were yours and mine, but he took them.
The word at the bottom of the illustration is Tetellestai. It’s the last recorded word Jesus spoke before dying on the cross. Your English Bible records the word as the phrase “it is finished.” Jesus finished the work of Salvation when he hung on the cross, but that word Tetellestai has another meaning as well. In the market place, in that day, when a purchase was complete the merchant would sometimes shout out Tetellestai and in this context the meaning of the word was another phrase, “PAID IN FULL.” That’s what Jesus did. He took the penalty for everything wrong that you, me and everyone else has done and will ever do and took it on Himself. If you place your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven and your debt is paid in full.
Jesus paid it all.
If you’d like to know more about Jesus and what He did for you, leave a comment or better yet drop me an email at AMOKArts@aol.com
This note is extra meaningful to me today, two days ago my friend Curt left this world. He was a guy who had a lot of struggles in this life but in spite of it all, he came to know and love Jesus. Jesus paid Curt’s price and today as I miss my friend, I know his struggles are over and he’s just beginning to enjoy the very best God has to offer.
Praise God for the stripes that heal.
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As we pass the Easter holiday, hopefully our minds are still, at least to some degree, on the sacrifice our Lord made for us. It got me thinking of the sacrifices we make every day. For me one of the great sacrifices is time. Time is the great equalizer, rich or poor all of us have 24 hours in a day with which to do what we do. In my case this blog takes time, my job takes time, my family takes time, my art takes time, my ministry takes time and self maintenance and health takes time. It’s all a sacrifice.
In the midst of all the busyness, everything we do requires sacrifice and so it’s important we are careful. I found myself gaining weight over the last few months. The reason for that is simple, I’m trying to get a book finished and develop a speaking ministry. The problem is if I lose my health, I won’t be effective in the ministry to which God has called me and if that happens, what good is all the work I’ve done?
Be careful what you sacrifice and make sure it’s worth it. Also make sure what you’re sacrificing to. We can push ourselves too hard to do things God never called us to do. Ultimately if we’re not sacrificing to God, our priorities are not in the right place.
Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Joshua 15; Mark 11; Psalm 26
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