'Before The Crucifixion'
24 x 30 Oil on Canvas
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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2010
The Painting: This is from almost ten years ago. I came across the files and wanted to share it. We are in the season of Lent... in preparation for Easter and Christ's Resurrection.
The Thought: I do not know why I did not paint more in this series. I think I did three pieces. This seems to be the only one I can still find on disk. It was done well before the Mel Gibson Version of the Passion of the Christ. The pain depicted in the painting was even too much for the person I painted it for. They said it physically hurt to view it, but you know, maybe it should. It was definitely not a picnic type situation. The burden He bears for us is not light and could not be depicted that way either.
I enjoyed forming and painting the characters of each of the men and women surrounding Christ in this scene. I remember working on it for months before I was finished. Always in His time. Everything is in His time.
I am hoping with the move to do more pieces that reflect the power of Him in my life and my response to so many things in the bible. I love painting my horses and I will not stop that, I simply want to add to it.
When you feel or are inflected with this type of what seems to be unbearable pain in your life, what do you do? So much of our pain is brought directly to ourselves by ourselves. We often allow pain to enter our own world. Living in the present moment would possibly eliminate some of this. Live for right now...let tomorrow and yesterday go. Allow Him to carry your troubles and your pain. Focus strictly on this moment.
"Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorian and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him." Matthew 27: 27-31