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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Personifying persecution in the form of gossip, mocking, anger and skepticism.
The idea for this painting came to me immediately. However, it was several months before the idea was put on paper. I wanted to personify the type of persecution that we see here in the United States.
The original intent for this painting was to depict religious discrimination. Mainly towards Christians; which is getting worse in American society.
Matthew 5:10 & 11 ~ Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me (Jesus).
Any type of persecution or discrimination on any level is wrong and hurtful.
Judge not lest you be judged.
Brothers, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged - James 5:9
I've had people tell me that they thought the man in front was Jesus. One of the cool things about this painting is that this can also be a depiction of Jesus being mocked and persecuted before he was put on the cross. He bore the pain of intense persecution; being mocked, spat on, punched, getting his beard pulled out, and his skin torn to pieces with a cat-o-nine tails whip and he endured it all for our sake. What this image does not depict is the affect of the whip on his flesh. When they were done whipping him, he did not look human because of damage the whip had done. The cat-o'-nine tails was fixed with sharp pieces of bone and/or metal. Each time it struck his body the nine whips tore his flesh and caused profuse bleeding. The Jewish law at that time was held to tightly; to not whip a man more than forty lashes or scourging Jesus recieved 39 lashes. Christ literally shed his blood for us.
By His wounds we are healed - Isaiah 53:3-7
God loves us so much that He gave His one and only son so that whosoever believes in him may have eternal life - John 3:16
May 4th, 2011
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