"Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' Jesus answered, 'Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?' Pilate replied, 'I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?' Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.' Pilate asked him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.' Pilate asked him, 'What is truth?'"
This painting is very special to me, as it was the first I ever felt prompted by the Lord to create. Reflecting on the image, I am struck by the Peace He gives through His willingness to endure. Our sufferings may also be received in Peace when we remember what it is we are fighting for (Romans 8: 18). We were not made for this world, but for the Kingdom of God. Will we uphold Truth? Will we suffer for what is right? Let this painting be an inspiration to you, as it has been to me for these past six years.
Painted during the late hours of Good Friday, 2011.
April 1st, 2017
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