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But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages
to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Hebrews 9:26

As I sit at my patio table writing, a chair that once was occupied is empty. My sweet dog, Lilly, who would loyally sit beside me, died last summer. Death is heart wrenching, especially the death of a beloved family member or friend. My word portrait today revolves around a death—the death of Jesus Christ. His death is difficult to look upon and impossible to describe, but His was the death to end death. His death was a victory!

In the portrait three men are lifted on crosses, with Jesus in the middle. On Jesus’ head is a crown of thorns. Thorns and death entered this world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. The crown of thorns represents man’s sin. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

The hands of Jesus that reached out, touched and healed are now pierced, as are His feet. The face of Jesus is swollen, disfigured from the striking of the soldiers. How hard it is look upon this Messiah who willingly laid down His life. He suffered and died for you and me.

The people around Jesus hold various expressions. One thief being crucified sneers; the other looks upon Jesus in awe. Looks of disgust are upon the faces of the religious leaders, but the centurion has a look of wonder. That wonder will soon turn to conviction, as he beholds Jesus’ death and declares, Surely this man was the Son of God! (Mark 15:39).

One man passing by leads his Passover lamb. That lamb’s gaze is upon Jesus. The sign above Jesus’ head reads, The King of the Jews (Mark 15:26), but it could have read Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

In my portrait, the eyes of Jesus are fixed upon whomever beholds Him. He looks, not with condemnation, but with love. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus’ death opened the way to life. Will you behold Him and believe?

Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me!

Jan Burkhart

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