As I scanned through the unfamiliar faces I saw my own face among the others and it both startled and humbled me. I was reminded that I, too, had added to the weight of the cross through my personal sins... and I felt ashamed and sorry. I think I would've been frightened, too, if not for the look in the Lord's eyes. You see... as I was being slowly pulled away, Jesus lifted his head and fixed his gaze at me and the look I saw in his eyes transfixed me. I saw Love, Mercy, and Sorrow combined into one remarkable expression, which was a stark contrast to the graphic nature of the scenario.
After researching Bible verses on the Internet, I decided to call the drawing, "Isaiah 53 ~ The Man of Sorrows", because that particular passage includes a prophetic description of the Lord's Passion, which I found highly appropriate (click here to read the Scripture Passage). I sometimes also find myself silently repeating the short prayer below from the Stations of the Cross whenever I look at the face in the drawing. Again, very fitting words:
In addition, each print contains a red piece of fabric – representative of the Precious Blood of Christ – that was prayed over and solemnly touched to a Sacred Relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ in my ministry’s custody, which also makes the image a 3rd Class Relic.
2 sizes of prints of the Isaiah 53 - The Man of Sorrows drawing, available on either white or sepia-toned
linen-textured cardstock. Right Photo: a closer view of a 5"x7" sepia-toned print with the 3rd Class Relic.
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For anyone interested in purchasing prints of the Isaiah 53 – The Man of Sorrows drawing, please kindly email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering instructions or inquiries. Indicate "Isaiah 53" on the subject line. Thank you in advance for supporting my ministry. God bless you. ~ Peter