Rembrandt, the famous Dutch artist, painted a picture of the crucifixion of Christ. Vividly, he portrayed the agony Jesus suffered on the cross. He depicted the various attitudes of those who stood about the cross watching Jesus’ suffering. Apart from the realistic facial expression of Christ, the most significant thing about the painting was Rembrandt’s painting of himself, standing on the edge of the onlookers. It was his way of saying, “I was there too. My sin helped to crucify the savior.” And it is only when we realize that we are part of a fallen race of sinners that we will see our need to turn to Jesus for forgiveness, salvation and a heavenly home some day. Paul wrote, “there is none righteous, no, not one.” And Jesus said, I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Since there are none who are righteous in God’s eyes before we become properly related to Him, that means that every single one of us, myself included, need to humble ourselves and invite Christ to make us His children.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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