Yahweh requires only faith for eternal salvation. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this salvation is not from yourselves, it is God’s gift.” (Ephesians 2:8) The most famous Bible verse in the world is a second witness to this vital truth, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
The crucified thief had nothing to offer Jesus: the Judge of the Living and the Dead. (1 Peter 4:5) The repentant thief said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,” and the Lord said, “Believe me when I say that today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)
The master icon illustrates the multitude of events taking place in the spirit realm surrounding the death of Jesus our Messiah. Jesus wears a crown of thorns and is crucified between two criminals. The criminal on the left is the one who rebuked Jesus and released his hatred towards the Lord. The dark blue waterfall into the Lake of Fire illustrates this man’s eternal destiny chained to Satan and demons in hell. The blood river flowing from Jesus underneath the other criminal and the fruit-bearing tree along the river bank illustrates how the criminal’s faith saved him, and even at the end of his life with no righteous works but one, he was demonstrating the spiritual fruit of Christ’s kingdom.
The Holy Spirit (dove & fire) is upon him representing his receptivity to believe in Jesus as Yahweh’s Messiah and Savior of the World. His soul enters into heaven in a colorful river of life, and the chains above his redeemed soul illustrate how Jesus’ divine power broke his chains of rebellion and set him free. Jesus’ prophecy that the thief would be with him in heaven that day is illustrated by the Lamb of God on the throne surrounded by a seraphim, warrior angel, and other believers worshipping him and waving palm branches.
Father Yahweh is enthroned in a glowing sky behind the heavenly city of Zion illustrating his gospel invitation for all nations to follow the repentant criminal’s example and confess Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives.
Jesus Christ Crucified story sketches >
Sketch #1: Three crosses – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates Jesus’ crucifixion taking place between two criminals.
Sketch #2: Hammer & nail – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where Roman soldiers nailed Jesus of Nazareth to a cross.
Sketch #3: Crown – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where several people witnessing Jesus’ death mocked him for claiming to be Messiah and King.
Sketch #4: Cloud & man – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where Jesus prophesies that the repentant criminal will be with him in heaven that same day.
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