"Forgiven portrays one of the most important truths--
no matter what sins we may have committed, God
has made the way for forgiveness and restored fellowship
through the astounding sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ...
The painting's dark background signifies sin. It is
the world of darkness within us that the light of
Jesus Christ seeks to invade...
The mallet and the spike in the man's hands are
reminders that each of us is responsible for the
death of Jesus Christ on the cross...
The contemporary man in the painting is in despair
and ready to fall to the ground. His expression
carries the pain of sin, and his helplessness reflects
total dependence on Jesus Christ for his salvation...
The figure upholding the repentant man is a
picture of God's grace. He is the ever-present
Jesus, ready to receive and redeem all who have
been broken by the power of sin...
The setting of "Forgiven" is Mt. Calvary, the
place where Jesus was crucified. It is here that
He died to redeem us to God. It is here that
each sinner must come to be forgiven...
Jesus' hands are slightly oversized, showing
strength. They remind us that we cannot rely on
our own strength; we are totally dependent upon
The halo of light around Jesus' head signifies
His holiness and divinity...
The wounded hand of Jesus over the man's heart
upholds him and reveals God's desire to change
all hearts by the power of His love...
The white robe that Jesus is wearing speaks to
us of His righteousness. It is the garment with
which we must all be clothed...
The blood that flows from Jesus' feet signifies
the washing away of our sin and our
justification before God...
The lilies in "Forgiven" remind us of the Lord's
beauty and our worship and adoration of Him,
the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon...
The lilies also represent our personal growth in
the Lord. Because He is alive in us. His life will
produce fruit for His glory...
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