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"It is Finished"

 

"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."  John 19: 28-30
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In this striking painting we behold the narrative of the Passion in its final act, as if torn from the very pages of the Gospels. Jesus Christ is rendered upon the cross, the moment of divine sacrifice, epitomizing the Lamb of God, as prophesied in John 1:29, who absolves the iniquities of humanity. His mortal tenure draws to a close, the mission fulfilled, resonating with the profound utterance from John 19:30—“It is finished.”

His sacred blood cascades down, a testament to the new covenant, a solemn offering for all souls seeking salvation. The heavens themselves seem to mourn, with clouds converging and the sky cloaking into a somber tapestry, a celestial reflection of the darkness that Scripture tells us fell upon the land in those hours, as chronicled in Matthew 27:45.

Beneath this solemn spectacle, a throng of monarch butterflies ascends, akin to the faithful migration to the forests of Mexico, where they seek refuge. They converge at the foot of the wooden cross, a symbol of metamorphosis. Here, at the epicenter of faith, they signal transformation, the metamorphosis from death to life, echoing the believers’ own spiritual rebirth. Like the chrysalis that heralds a new beginning, the presence of these delicate creatures whispers of resurrection power—of life birthed from sacrifice, of an old nature laid to rest in the cocoon of the crucifix, only to awaken in the glory of resurrection.

In this place, the faithful are invited to partake in the resurrection power, a transformative promise sealed by Jesus Christ's blood and earthly departure.

 


 

 

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