Carl_Bloch_Peters_Denial_525This painting by Carl Bloch so accurately depicts Peter’s shame after he denied Jesus three times.  It also so accurately depicts Jesus’s own heartfelt pain and isolation that even His closest disciples were ashamed to be linked with Him when He was to face His “Baptism by Fire”.    The fire Peter was standing near to keep warm was nowhere near as hot as the Hellfire Jesus was experiencing and would be engulfed in totally before He would relinquish His soul to the Father and cry, “It is Finished!”    Peter was near the fire for comfort while Jesus was going THROUGH
“the fire” not for comfort, but to give Himself totally, so that we would have the hope of salvation.    Even though Jesus knew that He would face the abandonment of His closest disciples, it still didn’t hurt any less for  Him.   Suffering would not be suffering if it did not hurt.   He knew Peter would deny Him three times, but there was still real pain in His eyes when Peter and His eyes met in that courtyard after the cock crowed three times.   Peter couldn’t bare that hurt.. it convicted him to the core.

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This is movie clip from the Passion of Christ motion picture film directed by Mel Gibson.   We see in this depiction of Jesus His gentle child-like pure compassion in healing this temple guard’s severed ear even though this guard had no concern for Jesus other than to seize Him and take Him to the Pharisees.

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This painter perfectly depicts the genuine compassion our Lord feels for us when we run into His arms for comfort or rest after an excruciating trial.    It is not with pleasure that He permits these trials in our lives but like the good Surgeon, He knows what is best for us and what strong medicine is need to bring us to further spiritual growth and sanctification in Him.

 

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This is another movie clip from Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of Christ..  The actor so beautifully depicts Jesus’s torn heart at Judas’s betrayal with that hypocritical “kiss”.    Jesus knew this would happen with Judas, but it hurt Him no less.    Watching an interview of the actor who portrayed Jesus in this movie, he mentioned how he prayed before playing this part of our Lord.  He wanted not that the audience would see him, but that we would see Jesus through  him.  When taping began, he felt a Presence beside him that He knew was Jesus.  The Lord answered his prayer.

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This painting so perfectly depicts Mary’s feelings of being “besides herself” in grief seeing that Jesus’s tomb was now empty.  Devastated, she must have thought, “Even in death they won’t give Him a place to lay His head!”     Jesus’s demeanor expresses how He yearns to call out to her, but she must first recognize Him within her heart.   Mary! He cries out with such tenderness, that she recognizes His voice, and His love is met with her joyful response of “Rabonni!”

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In this painting we see Jesus so humbly standing at the door while Jairus is clutching his dead daughter’s body in tears.   The expression of grief on Jairus’s face is the same expression Jesus had weeping over Lazarus, and weeping over Jerusalem.. and is the same look of grief over His lost sheep that refuse to respond to Him.

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This painting so smolderingly depicts how noone could /can  look Him in the eyes and lie because He can see right through us.  You cannot con Jesus.  The Pharisees tried countless times, but were met with the same penetrating eyes looking directly into theirs.  I can imagine Jesus looking like this directly at those who were accusing the woman caught in adultery.  “He that is without sin  among you, let him cast the first stone.” He said… without batting an eyelash.

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