Mark's Passion 5 “Untitled” 12 noon

Description

Commentary

There goes Mark with his time call again. And now finally the bigger event is being revealed. It’s all a bit confusing really. This sudden darkness and reports of strange events that sweep through the crowd of onlookers. Who said what? Mark is unclear except for two voices clearly recorded, the voice of Jesus, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and the voice of the Roman officer, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”
Jesus is dead – trained soldiers know death when they see it. Something at this point has made Jesus “other” to his birthright. And this is all the evidence that the Roman officer needs to make his amazing statement of understanding and faith. He has watched, “and saw how he died” and is brought to faith right there, even as the curtain is split in two from top to bottom. Again, in Mark’s account, it is the wonderful women who stay close to Jesus and observe all these things.

Explanation

This was probably the hardest painting to paint. The curtain motif was easy, I have understood for years that this which we call “reality” masks something far more real. So now the curtain is drawn back, and all the bit players in God’s great salvation event are swept aside as the curtain is drawn to reveal all the possibilities of a new heaven and a new earth. A new heaven and new earth, yet at the same time, wonderfully familiar. There are echoes in this new revelation of former paintings, former landscapes, former visions, but here untouched by the human hand. Its just a glimpse, but it’s enough.

Galleries

Glory of Jesus
Collaboration
Wonder of Creation
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