Monday, November 07, 2005

"Forgiven" by Thomas Blackshear

One of my favourite pieces of contemporary Christian art (which I have a copy of on my desk) is Thomas Blacksher's Forgiven:





































This reflects to me the power of the resurrected Son of God to save those who cannot save themselves. The man is a plain, average Joe (like us), he is powerless, and yet with what strength he does have he still holds on to the weapons of execution so he is guilty as a naked gun. The man's face is a mixture of pain, anguish and guilt. And the only thing that sustains him is the strength and grace of the risen Lord. Note, where blood has fallen, lilies are growing = new life begins!

14 comments:

a said...

This picture looks good but it is bad.
The guy holds a hammer and a nail, kind of a sending you a message "This is you. You killed Jesus. Yes, you have a hammer and a nail that Jesus was crucified with because your whole kin is sinful and unworthy, but Jesus will accept you and forgive you!"

Thats why its bad. It pretty much under the influence of the Church and "repent or die" attitude, which are in my opinion the worst things that came out of religion and killed that little freedom people had in themselves.

Blonde-At-Heart said...

For me, this piece is a remarkable reminder of Jesus' love for us. It is a wonderful reminder to me that, had I been the only one in the whole history of this world that His death would have saved, He still would have done it, he loves me, and each of us, that much. Even though it is my sin that made his sacrifice necessary, He willingly died for me. This piece really makes me aware of the magnitude of His sacrifice and how amazingly blessed we are that He made it.

Sheena said...

This man Jesus is holding is my father, the painting was done by Thomas Blackshear in 1992 and my dad passed away in 1999. My mom prayed that he would be forgiven for his sins and one day we walked into our local hallmark and there's this painting with Jesus holding a man who has a scar in the same place my dad did and wearing my father's work clothes and has his hair and we all just cried because the title of the painting is Forgiven. My mother's prayers had been answered!! This paiting means so much to my family!!

sterling said...

Me and my friends always called this picture Molesty Jesus. A friend of mine was given a post card from some church with this image on the cover and it sits in his music studio as comical inspiration.

Steven Tanner said...

This picture is amazing. I see that despite Jesus went to the cross because of our sins, He loves and forgives BECAUSE He has paid for them and lifts us up from where our own sin put us. With regard to rather negative comment up top. It was the life of "freedom" I had that I had to be picked up lff the floor like that. When a life of sin leads you to try slaying yourself you know full well that sin does indeed lead to death. It wasnt being a good person that made me attempt my own life. I for one am so very grrateful He took my sins on Himself and went to the cross, then made it all right just for trusting what He did for us. The thing is when you accept His love and forgiveness you no longer have to worry about repent or die. Your worry stops mostly. If you are perfect then you woukdnt be worried about it. But no one is except for HIM, I think it is pretty awsome a perfect God would take the punishment on Himself for people who hate Him. And when you receive forgiveness from Him yourself you learn to stop blaming everyine else too, when you are forgiven how can you blame otherfor their wrongs?

Steven Tanner said...

PS. the actualy basis of the Christian faith is repent and be saved, if there is no repentance then it is not Christian. Void point I am afraid...

Steven Tanner said...

@Sterling congratulations. you prove the Bible right... there will be mockers in the last days. And you say "Molesty Jesus." You need to read the Bible to see what Christ says about those who treat children bad. And is molestation something funny and to joke about in ANY situation. Now THAT is a worry, and from someone not in the Church too.

James S said...

This picture was given to me by a great friend at a rme when life and my many addictive behaviors brought me to my lowest point. Jesus caught me. His redemption and forgiveness saves me. I am a different person now.

lee woo said...

People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings. See the link below for more info.


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Julio said...

You say this guy is an "average Joe," but I say this guy is hot as fuck. This picture turns me on a tiny bit.

fezz said...

It's strange that it seems that almost everyone who has commented is projecting what they are going through or have gone through in life onto the painting. I for one, feel the weariness of the gentleman holding the hammer after a hard day's work. Having the support of the Christ is the best thing to happen in my life

Mk Jn said...

I bought the large door sized re-print. I found this picture to be absolutely mesmerizing. I really like this paiting.

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OneMan said...

For those of you who think this is a joke or an insult or a bad influence .... then you miss the point. Each of us is the man with the hammer and nail. Christ is willing to forgive each of us just the same. We all sin. Christ is love. All who used his name over the years to do evil things are not real Christians. Many men have used religion as a way to control others. They were and are very evil men. Read the New Testament in the Bible. Do it just to prove me wrong. At least the first 4 books. The 5th one too if you are brave enough.