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Persecution and Death of Jesus - Artists Depictions
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Jesus' Persecution and Death
At Easter, we celebrate so much. We celebrate our families, traditions, spring, flowers, fun times, the resurrection of Jesus, and more. It is a good time to recall what came first, so that we might have this time of rejoicing. I know that not all people believe in the Bible, but Jesus is part of our world's history, no matter how one believes.
This article is kind of a pictorial journey, through different artist's depictions of part of the hard times Jesus went through. Then they show his death. It isn't always pleasant to remember or think on such things.
You can find the testimonies of 3 eyewitnesses to these events, and one of a close confidante that witnessed these events in the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They were written in the first half of the first century, AD or CE. To see the portions here spoken of in particular, look towards the end of each gospel. Each has a little different point of view, just as we would see from 4 different standpoints of the events.
Many people think it odd, that Christians focus on this to the degree they sometimes do. It is not a glorification of death, not at all. It is a recognition of the price, the cost it took to get the freedom we have from sinning against God, if we acknowledge Him, Jesus, and has done. The gospel in a nutshell is that there is a gift from God, so that you don't have to die for your sins. The cost has been paid if you are sorry and ask forgiveness from the one that can truly give it. In that, there is peace, life and happiness. A changed heart, that is thankful to God is the goal, in part.
Jesus and His Death
Jesus didn't do anything wrong, except to upset people about things in their own hearts that were actually true. That isn't a wrong thing however, being worthy of death. Yet, it happened, one sacrifice of God, once and for all. No need for further death, the price had been paid. This is also part of the gospel message.
The good news, besides God taking the greatest burden on himself? That isn't the end of the story!
Easter Comes, Resurrection Sunday.
This story would have no merit, no bearing on our lives today if not for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. The point of it all, as I understand it from the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, is that Jesus proved once and for all, that he has power over life and death. Someone like that is worth listening to! What did he have to say about humanity? What did he have to say about the life to come?
Jesus rose from the dead, just as he said. I am saving those images for another article, as thee were plenty for this one, and we don't want to forget what Jesus did on the cross. Even if you don't believe in these things, part of my goal in sharing it is that you might understand what so many world over do believe in, and even still die for today. People are persecuted for their faith at alarming rates even now. Consider, why that might be for a message like this that brings so much hope to a lost world, filled with good and evil?
Thank you for taking the time to look through these images. Please note that each small photo, or thumbnail, represents a much larger image that you need to just click on to see it larger.
I wish all a Happy Easter and Happy Spring or whatever season you are in, wherever you are.
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