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The Great Sacrifice by Clover31 The Great Sacrifice by Clover31
i wanted to upload this in honor of Easter :) plus, i just watched the passion of the christ, so i felt inspired ^^ so sad though!!

i want to make sure people recognize the sacrifice God made for us, in order to have salvation. Even though its a sad picture, hopefully its a good reminder of the pain Jesus went through for you and I. Dont take it for granted, take advantage of it! ( >u< lol that sounded so poetic)
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MariaFeliciano Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Photographer
Nice work!!!
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Clover31 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
thank you so much!
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damngirl13 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
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damngirl13 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I hope this ruins the seriousness of the dude below me
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Sum1Good Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Over the years I have come to view the thought of (and scenes of) The Messiah on The Cross as beautiful, not sad. It is sad that so very many so very close to Him did not (and do not) recognize Him for Who He is, yes... but I see His supreme act here as being the ultimate fulfillment of His prophetic destiny... a role He chose from before the very creation of the world and adhered to through three ultimate motivations, Love, Mercy, and Truth, regardless of the unimaginably painful cost. In fact that degree of pain was so very intense that even the Romans who were no strangers at all to torturing people had to actually invent a new word to describe the intensity of the pain of crucifixion, from whence we get the term "excruciating" pain, which in Latin means "From [the] Cross."

But sad? No, not to me as I come to understand it more, this is the supreme beauty of God's commitment to mankind, His love of mankind, and His faithfulness to fulfill His prophecies to the slightest detail at ANY cost... His commitment to Truth, all of which is absolute.

Note that even before sin in Eden, the provision had been already made by God for it's atonement... namely "The Tree of Life," and personally, I genuinely believe that Adam and Eve could have "walked to it" (a 4 thousand and 32 year "walk") if God had not prevented that by limiting their lives to a thousand year "day" that very "day" that they ate of the forbidden fruit. Note. when considering this, that Genesis was written by Moses, as was Psalm 90, and Psalm 90 holds they "key" to unlocking this truth.

From Adam to the birth of the Messiah 4000 years elapsed, 4 "days" of God, and just as The Sun was created by God on "the 4th Day," and just as the Israelite Menorah has 7 branches of oil and is called "The Light of Seven Days," with it's 4th branch (originally always) taller than the other six, that one being named "HaShemeysh," meaning "The Servant," and It is always lit first and it's light then passed to the other branches and back to the 4th before lighting another.... all light begins at The Cross... the Messiah... The One True God Who chose to make Himself The Sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, and thereby become THEIR "Servant."

Praise be to God. : )

- Sum1Good
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Clover31 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
thank you for all you have said, very true :) when i say "sad", i mean that it is sad that Christ had to die for our sins, and in such a painful way. it makes me sad to think of him suffering on the cross for us. it IS however a beautiful act by Him and i think this scene is also, as you say, beautiful, because He defeated satan and created an opportunity for those who love, and choose to follow him to be saved. So you're right when you say its a beautiful thing, but for me its more of a bittersweet thought.
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Sum1Good Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed, and a beautiful job you did on it too!

I hope I didn't come across as being contrary, it's just that over the decades of my life my emotional outlook has changed somewhat having been seasoned quite heavily by studying the incredible depth of what He actually did for us there by laying down His life intentionally.

Thanks for creating this piece, it inspired me, clearly, hehe, my cup tends to spill over when I get inspired as I'm sure you understand1 : )

All the best, forever! : )

- Sum1Good
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Clover31 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
lol its no problem! i really appreciated the comment :) happy that my artwork is that inspiring too you =^u^=
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Sum1Good Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the way.... ; )

The Persians invented the torture method of crucifixion but rarely used it, and when the Romans came along afterward they adopted it and used it a great deal to control their enormous empire, so it began in 6th century B.C. and ended essentially in the 4th century AD when Emperor Constantine abolished it.

But did you know this..... ?

Over 1000 years before the earliest known use in history of a cross as a means of punishment, the Israelites took their "Passover Lamb" and pierced it's front and rear hoove flesh (without breaking the bones (see Psalm 22) and splayed it out in this fashion with two bound sticks, the taller of the two sticks stuck in the ground in the midst of their cooking fire, and the blood of That Lamb brushed on the large (Roman-Cross-Like) "Lintel (a horizontal overhead wooden door beam)" and "Posts (the two vertical door beams)" of their households, that their household would be protected from the wrath of God (represented by the "Angel Of Death" in Egypt) as it "passed over" their homes and killed the firstborn of the Egyptians before The Exodus from Egypt.

Note that the Egyptian royal system depended ENTIRELY upon their being a legitimate "firstborn" male of the last Pharaoh to be the current Pharaoh, so by doing this God proved to the Egyptians that their current Pharaoh was illegitimate!!! Little did they know that The True King Of Kings was yet to come... represented by a lamb crucified and shared among the Children Of Israel, and Who's symbolic blood was placed on the Lintel and Doorposts just as His real blood would be shed on similar beams over 1000 years later, and thought of lovingly to this day, and forever! : )

- Sum1Good
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Sum1Good Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, one more thing.... ; )

Just as the existing Pharaoh did NOT die (though his son did, ending all future claim to religious validity in Egypt) in the great death of the firstborn at Passover, thus demonstrating clearly to everyone in Egypt that the existing Pharaoh was a FAKE and not a legitimate Successor to the throne...

That same Pharaoh's sister ADOPTED a child who thus would have been the eldest son legally to that succession of Pharaoh's... the rightful one to be the legitimate Pharaoh of Egypt...

...none other than Moses himself! ; )

Praise God! : )

- Sum1Good
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