Thursday, July 6, 2017

Broken and Shed

This is a new colored pencil piece, a still life symbolizing the Lord's Supper. The realism and painterly style of the medium is typical of most of my work.

In this piece, the chalice symbolizes the wine Jesus shared with the disciples on the night of the Last Supper, the wine spilled on the cloth to call to mind His shed blood for our sins. The bread is broken, as He did that night, saying His body is broken for us. If you look at the reflection in the cup, you see a cross’s shadow. That evening, the cross was before Jesus. He would suffer on the cross, declare, "It is finished" and die, then rise again. In His sacrifice our redemption is sure, grace and mercy purchased in His wonderful love.

Communion was not meant to be an empty ritual to perform in order to "behave religiously". Nor does this work depict dry ritual. Communion is a holy occasion for those who have actively put their trust in Jesus Christ. Scripture calls us to examine ourselves before we partake, appreciating this solemn moment of thankfulness for the price paid for us. It is sobering, yet imbued with wonderful hope. In Christ, we are sinners set free, forgiven, assured of eternal life that begins now and comes to wonderful fruition when we see Jesus face to face.

As I partake, I sometimes observe those around me as they walk to the front to receive the wine and bread. There are people of all kinds, each with their own struggles in life, who likewise share faith in our Lord. I reflect that worldwide brothers and sisters are doing the same. As a community of believers, our blessed hope and utmost joy is Jesus Christ Himself. He is our Savior, Brother, Friend, Lord, and Master. Who, on the night He ate with the disciples, said "do this in remembrance of me".

Artwork: © Jeffrey M Green. "Broken and Shed", 16" x 20", colored pencils.

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