Mary Anne Carley
Dennis Di Vicenzo
Judy Gibson King
by Lorna L. Effler
Acrylic on Canvas, 2005, 24" x 30"
|Atonement: reconciliation, at-one-ment:
the state of being at one or being reconciled… the effect
which flows from the death of Christ.
Artist Interpretation: This
painting depicts our atonement with God through Jesus Christ. When
we look at the painting, immediately our eyes are drawn to the large
square. This image represents the body of Christ the bread from Heaven…broken
for us. Leaven makes dough rise; in Scripture it’s symbolic
Here we see flat, unleavened bread, for Christ was sinless.
Holes are pierced through the bread. Christ was pierced. From baking
we see a pattern of stripes on the bread. This was prophesied in
Scripture: “But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our inequities…and by His stripes, we
are healed” Isaiah 53: 5.
In the middle of
the bread we see a formation of feet nailed to a cross—Jesus
crucified. Gaze downward and see blood droplets dripping into a cup.
This represents THE BLOOD of Christ, the cup of our salvation. Jesus
was the sacrificial Lamb of God. Sacrifice: a priceless value given
up to appease God. During Passover the Hebrew’s
celebrate their redemption from slavery in Egypt…God set them
free. Protected from the “judgment of Jehovah”, the children
of God were identified by the blood of an innocent lamb sprinkled
around their door. The Lord would “passover” their household.
No longer are animal sacrifices needed: Jesus is our Passover lamb.
Through Christ’s sacrifice, we are all redeemed by the pure
sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God.
With the bread (body of Christ)
and the blood we have a “marriage” between Passover and
the Lord’s Supper—both symbolic of love, sacrifice, and
redemption. However, Christ has reconciled us in His fleshly body
through death, to present us before God holy, blameless and beyond
Holy of Holies: The innermost
sanctuary of the Temple associated with the radiant presence of God.
In the background is a rendering of the thick curtain that secluded
this room. The curtain represented a separation between God and man.
No one could enter this room except the High Priest: once a year
on the Day of Atonement he would go before the Lord. He would come
with innocent blood of an animal sacrifice, and beg forgiveness for
man’s sin. For Scripture teaches atonement is only
in the blood, Leviticus 17:11. The death of Christ
was a sacrifice of infinite worth, one that brought man back into “right
relationship” with God and the promise of eternal inheritance.
When Jesus offered His sinless blood…the curtain of the Temple
was torn in two. Shown in the painting, the bread is broken, the
curtain is torn…the sacrifice of Jesus’ body and blood
has opened the way for us into the Holy of Holies. Bursting forth
from behind the veil is the brilliant presence of God. His sacrifice…our
Day of Atonement with God! Follow the blood droplets, look closely
and you’ll see Satan screaming, for the battle is over and
the victory is won. Jesus our Saviour is Lord!
Episcopal Church, Ocala, Florida