48" x 72"
Mixed Media on Canvas
A few years ago, I was contemplating Good Friday and wondering
why it wasn’t more of a focus in our evangelical tradition as
Christmas and Easter. It is the only day of the year where the word,
“good,” is attached to it, and I wanted to rethink what I understood
as to what it was that made this day so good.
We know great scriptures and hymns about the blood of Christ, and
we’ve heard great sermons on the subject and even have films like
the Passion of the Christ that remind us of what was endured to
make available this priceless provision that could wash away all sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But for me personally,
during that particular passion week, I wanted to see something that
conveyed not just the blood itself, but His precious blood running
over and covering all of my sin. Every one of them. The seen and the
unseen. The sin I am conscious of, and the sin that I am unconscious
of. All of my sin, covered and carried away as far as the east is from
the west, He remembers it no more. I wanted to see it,
not just know it, so I put paint to canvas.
As your eye moves from the bottom, through the blood and above
the carnage, light, power, and grace rises up into a new life, in Christ,
and a hope that is secure, prepared in Heaven for me and for all
those who have put their faith in Christ. The words covering the
upper part of the canvas speak of the those things that are most true
about us, as new creations, in Christ, with a new identity, a new
desire, a new citizenship, in a new kingdom with a new mission. The
upper portion of this painting depicts how God views the man or
woman who has now put their faith in Christ. I suppose this painting
could be considered a self portrait of sorts, although the same thing
is true of all of us who love the Lord. I think if I remembered the
truths this painting depicts about me, and my brothers and sisters in
Christ, and about what’s possible for those who have not
yet been saved, I would be much more loving and gracious person.