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Friday 2 April 2010


This superb drawing of Jesus hangs in our bedroom. It is Our Lord, beaten so cruelly by soldiers after experiencing several unjust trials and then mocked and ridiculed before finally giving his life for us at his crucifixion.

A fairy tale? - some may wonder? I do not think so . . . . in fact I am certain, not so.

Earlier, in the Garden Of Gethsemane, when the tension of the situation was so great, he sweat great drops of blood from his forehead. In his humanity he knew the ordeals he would have to go through for the will of his father - not just the physical pain but also he knew he had to withstand the coming great spiritual battle.

Not only did he have so bear excrusiating physical pain on the cross but also he, the sinless sacrificial lamb without spot or blemish, would be burdened with the sins of the entire world; past, present and future. Not only this but he would also be subjected to the opposing total might of all the demonic forces of darkness, desperately trying to stop him, as they had strived to do throughout history.

In his divinity he had agreed long ago with the two other members of the Godhead that he would gladly do this for us to give us all a chance of Salvation.

However, the real almost unbearable pain for him was another spiritual one which many do not consider.

When he said, "My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?" people often wonder why he said, "My God" twice.

The answer is that at this dreaded hour when the sins of the world were put on his shoulders two members of the Godhead; God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and remember Jesus was the third member of the Trinity as God the Son, turned their backs on him for the first time from within eternity.  They had to do so because from that moment until his death he lost his absolute righteousness due to our sins and God the Father and God the Holy Spirit had to turn away from him. Jesus had never throughout all eternity been separated from them like this and it was almost too much to bear.  The pain and the spiritual warfare he could stand but this separation is what broke his heart.

At this point when Jesus was nearing the end of his battle and at the ninth hour, total darkness covered the whole world - everywhere!! God would not allow anyone to see his son when the sins of the whole world were on his shoulders on that cross - the time when he exchanged his righteousness for our sins.

This total darkness is a proven fact in secular history - there was indeed absolute darkness on the entire planet for three hours, an event which coincided with a switch on the cross between good and evil.

The darkness was universal - just as it will be just before he comes again at Second Advent. Then when he comes the whole universe will be filled with light and he really will be the light of the entire world - and we shall be with him.

No-one took his life from him - he gave it willingly as the ultimate sinless sacrifice. He could have come down from that cross any time he wanted and summoned legions of angels to help him but knew he had a job to do and chose to go through with it; for that is the reason he came into the world - for us!  Aren't we utterly blessed?

The frightened disciples did not know any of this - they were totally devastated and to them their world had come to an abrupt end until they came to know the real and full meaning of the Easter message.

When all his work was done and every single prophesy had been fulfilled Jesus chose to die and with a loud voice said, "It is finished".

A Roman soldier witnessing said, "Surely this man is the son of God". Why? - because he had seen countless men hanging on crosses in agony wanting to die but not able to so and lasting for days. Yet he recognised Jesus actually had the power to end his own life quickly which no man in the soldier's experience had been able to do until now - the others could not do so with both hands tied and in that position on the cross - utterly impossible, so they had to wait for days to die.

The robber, who chose to believe him, must have been given tremendous hope when he heard Jesus say to him with authority, "Today, you will be with me in paradise!"

Personally I am very grateful Jesus did this for us and I thank him for it more than words can say.

This drawing of 1941 originates from World War Two in Egypt. A Polish soldier drew it for my wife's father, also a Polish soldier fighting for The Allies, and he brought it back with him safely to England through all the big battles, including Tobruk and El Alamein.


  1. He is Risen!!! PTL!! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  2. He is risen indeed.

    have a marvelous Easter eddie!

  3. Clever drawing and a striking message.
    Have a Happy Easter.

    Nuts in May

  4. Powerful image and writing! And the drawing's origin, all the more treasured. Easter Blessings.

  5. God bless you, Eddie, and may Easter be a wonderful time for you and yours!

  6. Thank you for sharing this touching portrayal of Jesus and its story with us - it is perfect for this Holy Day. A blessed Easter to you and all your loved ones, Eddie.

  7. You are bold and blessed!!! Thank you, Eddie...with perfect clarity and beauty you have posted on this Good Friday. I thank God for you! Love, Janine

  8. Powerful and loving, and what a moving portrait. I must ask: I enlarged the picture and see that it was drawn in 1941; how did it come to be in your possession, and do you know the artist?

  9. Ethel Mae
    Thanks for the comment. The drawing was indeed done in 1941 by a Polish Soldier who gave it to his friend, another Polish Soldier (both based in Egypt). The second soldier was my wife's father who eventually brought it to England and when he died my wife owed it - hence we have it in our bedroom.

  10. God Bless you Eddie; this post is top notch.

    He IS risen! :) Our Saviour lives.

    Hugs from Texas,


  11. Beautiful post and message! May God bless you and your family, at Easter and always. Love, Marguerite

  12. Thank you ED. Thank you.

    Beautiful post. Beautiful reminder. Beautiful tribute to our Lord and Savior.

    You continue to surprise me in the loveliest ways. And I just adore you. ADORE.

  13. Thank you everyone for sharing this special post. I had no wish to ram the message down anyone's throat but tried to explain events in an interesting way which perhaps some have not read or considered. Happy Easter to you all.

  14. I love the history of this drawing!
    It has been kept alive for more than half a century!
    Thank you for sharing.


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