This past Saturday I attended the special exhibit called “Sacred Spain” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This exhibit is free to the public through corporate sponsorship, and if you live near enough to go see it I encourage it.
The one picture that stood out to me above all the rest was “Agnus Dei” painted between 1636 and 1640 by Francisco de Zurbaran. It was a picture of a lamb.
He was on a dark slab. His legs were bound by a swath of cloth. He was just lying there. There was no struggle communicated through any muscle of his body. There was no look of anguish or bewilderment on his face. He had accepted his place.
Of all the pictures I saw of Jesus in that exhibition this is the one which really captured His heart.
The next day I spoke of seeing this painting in my morning message. It came to me that while we can be pressured by circumstances and feelings into doing things we don’t really want to do, nothing could pressure Jesus.
Think of that! There was no sin or abuse anyone could have done which would have made Jesus pack up and go home without accomplishing His mission.
I had to go through the exhibit a second time and stand before this painting again.
The Lamb of God HAS taken away the sins of the world.
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