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Crucifixion With Passion Sunday Colors, oil linen, 35" by 48", NFS
CRUCIFIXION IN PASSION SUNDAY COLORS
     This painting attempts to describe the horrific event and its purpose through jagged, abstract expressionist forms and colors. The color of purple represents His taking on our sins and illnesses through His passion and death, which are symbolized by red. Blood and water pour from His lanced side into a Eucharistic cup. Physically this was a piercing of the pericardium, thus causing water and blood to flow. Spiritually, water purifies and blood redeems.
      At the bottom, the tree from which Adam and Eve ate has become a cross. Through the obedience of One, Christ died for many, becoming as a new Adam; hence, “Good” Friday (O happy fault). We also participate in His suffering and death in whatever we need to die to and be freed from.
     On the other side of the tree Christ is destroying the power of evil and taking the keys of death from the enemy. The battle is the Lord’s and through His passion and death we are given the grace and ability to do what we could not do ourselves. Note that the enemy is small and ugly to Jesus—only a fallen archangel. Through the crucifixion, God has sent a Savior to forgive, rescue, heal, set free and transform.



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