Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter
Share on email

Good Friday ‘Dead Jesus Day’ Meditation

My son, Levi, when he was little was confused by the term Good Friday and insisted we rename the day ‘Dead Jesus Day’. The concept that death could be good was beyond him, and the more literal description brings the hard truth of the day to the fore.

Today we remember the cost of our salvation. This unique painting by Tissot is a fitting one to contemplate, not just today but throughout the year.

Here is an excerpt from the video, from the contemplation section which begins at the 9:23 mark.

As we move into a time of contemplation I am struck by the fact that many of Tissot’s contemporaries doubted his conversion was real, but we have been told that a life given to Christ will produce fruit. While over a century has passed since Tissot died, we have the fruit of his conversion to challenge, encourage, and testify to us still.

As we are called to emulate Christ, it is interesting to contemplate his view in this pivotal moment.

From the gospel accounts we have the few sentences Christ uttered from the cross, and it’s as if he’s speaking to these groups as he gazes out.

His heart is concerned with his mother, and he places her in John’s care, knowing he will not only see to her needs, but love her.

His heart is concerned with those dying beside him, and even in this moment of pain beyond understanding he extends grace.

His heart is concerned for the soldiers, Jewish leaders, and the fickle crowd as he asks God to forgive them.

His heart is concerned for those he is dying to save. Christ alone knows that his death is new beginning, that in three days he will rise and everything will be changed. Alone with that knowledge, looking out at those that love him, hate him, and are indifferent we know that he dies for them all.

And that we are called to emulate him, to consider those in our personal world with Christ’s perspective.

Who are the Mary’s and John in your life, those who are faithful even at personal risk? Who are your ‘Jewish leaders’, those who wish to see you fail, who count as their enemy? Who are your ‘fickle crowd’ who are supportive one day and cursing you the next? Who are your indifferent soldiers? Who is your centurion, watching you closely, and wondering if you are truly a son or daughter of God?

This is part of a 20 part Lent Devotional Series that you can get here.

Subscribe to KellyBagdanov

Top Posts

Who are we?

Kellybagdanov.com is a rich source for educators who are interested in integrating Art History into their teaching model. You can find Art History Curriculum and Resources for teaching here.

Download Your Free Curriculum

The Grand Tour Art History Curriculum

Compare 4 works of art from the Italian Renaissance with 4 works from the Byzantine era to begin building the framework we will build on in future lessons. This download will introduce you to the overview portion of the Grand Tour Art History Curriculum

More Articles

Why I Participated in Plastic Free July…Going Plastic Free

Have you ever bought something new, like a blue car, and then you see that same blue car everywhere? Or someone you love gets pregnant, and then every other woman you pass is pregnant?  It’s like we suddenly develop a hyper-awareness. Same thing happened to me with plastic.  Once I saw the problem I couldn’t

Read More »

Italian Renaissance Art, An Overview

Renaissance Renaissance is a French term  meaning ‘rebirth’ and is used to describe a period of extensive cultural achievements that spanned the 15th to 17th centuries in Europe. A renewed interest in Greco-Roman antiquity inspired Italian Renaissance scholars to seek enlightenment by studying the golden ages of Ancient Greece and Rome.  Often the Renaissance is

Read More »