Thursday, February 15, 2018

Man of Sorrows...

Hi friends,

Jesus has so many names and titles ascribed to Him in the Bible, and all of them inspire our worship and praise. As we enter the season of Lent, one title that we should take time to meditate on is Man of Sorrows. We find this description of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:2-5...

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.

Jesus went through unimaginable sorrow... for us. He experienced physical and emotional anguish, the rejection of his family and friends, and the judgement of God was placed on Him... for us. Whatever we might be facing, whether sickness, pain, loneliness, depression or rejection, we can know that Jesus really does understand. He has been through these same human emotions and experiences. And as the One who sympathises with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15) he is also the One who intercedes for us in times of trial and of triumph (Hebrews 7:25). What a Savior!

On this page I created a cross shape by stamping the hymn text from What a Savior twice vertically, then masked off the horizontal section and stamped it again either side. I drew around this shape with a copper marker then shaded a little using pencil. I masked off the cross again and stamped the flowers in the corners, colouring with Inktense pencils and an aquabrush. To finish, I stamped the hymn text again in black on a piece of scrap card then punched out the 'Man of Sorrows' text to glue to the centre of the cross.

Here is the fabulous new stamp set I used for this page:

Can I encourage you as we enter preparations for Easter during this time of Lent, to bring all your sorrows to the One who understands, cares and intercedes for you?

May you be blessed beyond measure as you meditate on our wonderful Savior.

x Amy x

1 comment:

  1. This is stunning and I love the effect of the stamp masked to form the cross. Addition of flowers is fabulous. Just so beautiful, Amy. Your artwork always is sit-and-stare worthy!