One of the major quandaries for any artist, regardless of his artform is; whether it be painting, writing. composer, dramatist, or musician; when is it (the work) “finished”. Done. Much is to be said for editing, reassessing, or reconfiguring. There comes a time when it may well be overdone or you may have begun to obscure the real message in what you have created. Such was the case with the above originally black and white image of Christ.
The object was to introduce various popular phases of His life. The original title was “All things come together”. I hung it on my wall for a time, then I took it down. The reason being that it did not seem to have a clear message. It was not particularly provocative. As it is with most work that doesn’t quite seem to make it, it was consigned to the storage bin with others of like disability.
Often time the ingredient for the “fix’”becomes apparent. In this case, however, the answer came from without. I believe it to have been the Holy Spirit who simply said; “Where’s the blood?” I don’t know if I have ever really been into graphic portrayals that are deemed to be “edgy” and provocative. The message, however, is about the blood of Jesus. It made all the difference in its’ reality.
Perhaps the hymn come to your mind as it did immediately to me; Robert Lowry’s, “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.”
“What will wash away my sin . Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What will make me whole again . Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow . No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
Revelations 1:5 Finishes the picture better than I, when it says; ” Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness and first begotton of the dead, and Prince of the Kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our own sins in His own blood.”
Should we, any of us, have doubt about our testimony as we witness as being complete or “finished” we need only to turn to the “author and finisher of out faith”. He had written, or created it well before it entered into our mind. We need only to surrender our understanding of completeness in His voice within us which says ; “Now it is finished : Present it to others.”