Sacrifice

 

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“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV)

“[Jesus] said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24, NIV)

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Calvary

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The three hearts on the hill represent the day Jesus and two criminals were crucified. The white heart represents Jesus with red stripes across it (the sins of the world placed upon Him) The red heart on the left represents the criminal who mocked Jesus with the rest of the crowd and did not repent of his sin, and therefore died and went to hell. The heart on the right of Jesus is still red, but has a white heart inside. This represents the other criminal that asked Jesus for forgiveness, and was granted eternity in heaven. (Luke 23) The black background is especially symbolic in this painting as it represents the colour of the sky during Jesus’ crucifixion as the bible states “At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock” (Matthews 27:45).

Healed by His Stripes

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The painting represents Jesus when He died on the cross and the significance of His sacrifice. The white heart represents Jesus as fully God, but in the form a man (heart shape) and the red stripes represent the sins, diseases and iniquities that were all paid for in this act of ultimate love. As stated by the prophet Isaiah (about Jesus) “Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:5, NLT)