When I was about to upload a series of inspirational paintings for my website, I heard the Holy Spirit saying to me: No salvation, no revelation. Jesus Christ, God’s only beloved Son, saves the world by becoming the propitiation atonement lamb. This is the salvation that our Father God prepared to atone for mankind’s sinful nature. The Lord revealed to me that Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God crucified, He is the central of everything. When I started drawing this picture, the love of God filled me up through the crucifixion of Jesus and so touched me to tears that I had to stop drawing several times. I just found myself singing Charles Wesley’s hymn over and over: And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou my God, should die for me? He is die for me, for the sin of the world.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). God created human beings, yet many reject Him and His word. Ever since sin entered the world, it has been dragging man away from Holy God. God’s relationship with man is separated by sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son Jesus Christ into the world, for our sins. He died on the cross so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God tells us that, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
In this picture, Jesus’ wounds from His nailed hands and feet and from the crown of thorns on His Head show us His willingness and determination to obey His Father’s will. He accepted the penalty of our sins, praying for us: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34).
Jesus also cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). The pain of separation from God’s Holy Presence was unbearable to Jesus, and the pain of abandonment seemed to far exceed all the sin and pain that He bore for mankind. Jesus’ anguish shows that, although He was God’s only beloved Son, He knew that crucifixion was the only way to reconcile man to our Father God. Jesus, the only perfectly unblemished sacrifice willingly took our punishment on Himself, and did it out of love for His Father and for us. “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted…He was pierced for our transgressions…crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. “(Isaiah 53:4-6).
The background of this painting is predominantly red, representing the blood of Jesus that was shed for us. The Lamb of God is in the center of the universe. “…John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Jesus suffered and died, but He arose from the dead on the third day. He reconciled us to His Father and is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven. Jesus the Lamb of God is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12)
Painting by Jean Long in Vancouver BC
October 1, 2009