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The Crucifixion
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him - John 3:16-17 (ESV)
About this creation


This vignette depicts the greatest event in the history of humankind. The death of Jesus Christ, that he might take the punishment for the sins of the world in the greatest act of love. As sin entered the world through one man (Adam), the punishment for all sins was placed on one man (Jesus). He payed the debt owed so that we were offered a way to salvation. I hope this great act is displayed with justice in this LEGO creation.

Now a bit of history:
The Romans did not lightly punish people. Roman citizens were granted a trial and noble death, but non-citizen criminals were subject to the greatest act of Roman crueltly - Crucifixion. Coming from the Latin that means: "To fix on a cross". It was a suspension of a living body by nails so that the victim eventually died of blood-loss and suffocation as his lungs were squeezed out. It is a long, slow, excruciatingly painful slaughter - and it was endured by the Christ to save us from our evil nature. Wow.


This is the full vignette. It is the top of the Place of the Skull: a hill near the outskirts of Jerusalem where the Romans executed criminals. Jesus was whipped nearly to the point of death, held in trial overnight, beaten, and sent to carry his own cross (a veritable tree) up the path to the hill, where he was nailed to the cross beam and suffocated over a day. That is awful.

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the 'Place of a Skull' which in aramaic is called Golgotha.
-John 19:16b-17



Jesus on his cross, flanked by a Roman Centurion. He slowly sits there as he dies by the hour. All this to pay the punishment for my sin - death. He suffered to pay the penalty - to rescue us from evil.


The robber on his right.



The robber getting pulled down from his cross by a Syrian auxillary. He is dead.


These are the Zealous Jews and others traveling to Jerusalem for the Passover, who have come to see the death of the 'heretic'. They are standing on the SNOTed cobblestone path to the hill.




Mary Magdalene and Salome, weeping at the foot of Jesus's Cross.


Mary, virgin mother of Jesus, with John the disciple next to her.


A Pharisee talking with the Roman guard on the right hilltop of Golgotha.


A bearded Saducee turns from the gruesome scene and halts traffic.


Whereas the other robber rebuked Jesus, the other retorted that the robbers had been punished justly for their crimes - but Jesus was blameless. He then asked Jesus: "Remember me when you come into your kingdom."


"Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."


The Roman centurion who saw the way that Jesus died, whispers to himself: "Truly this man was the Son of God."


Whew. On that light, and awestriking topic, we move on to the LEGO side of things. This is the base without townspeople.


Now sans the Romans and the lone Syrian relief infantryman. Notice that the cobblestone is typical to a Roman-style road. The credit goes to Paul Vermeesch's Streets of Jaffa .


The Roman troops.


The civilians.


Salome, Mary and John, and Mary Magdalene


The Saducee and the Pharisee, come to make sure Jesus dies.


And the two robbers, flanking Jesus Christ himself.


This shows how I centered the figs on the crosses.


And what would this vignette be without just Christ, my savior. Who gave me a way for eternal life, and who loves me enough to die to save me. But he didn't stay dead.

My Redeemer Lives!

Happy Easter!





Comments

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  March 14, 2014
This is very cool, it has every little detail, overall it ROCKS!!
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  November 2, 2013
Once again, you have displayed your knack for fitting a complex and busy scene onto a small baseplate and still having it look wonderful. The steps are stellar, as is the fig-on-cross technique. Awesome job!
  August 22, 2012
I'm areligious, but I enjoy biblical stories and the like, and I love your MOC. I just love the base you've done.
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  July 22, 2012
This is an awesome moc.
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  June 1, 2012
Superb! I can't believe that this is your second favorite moc, and I have YET to comment on it! I love your rock work! I always found those to be a bit on the hard side! Keep up the MOST AMAZING work! See you Sunday!
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  May 31, 2012
What a fantastic a build! Great techniques!
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  May 10, 2012
A well done moc, relating to a great theme! Nice job bro!
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  May 10, 2012
Amen! A wonderful MOC that tells the Gospel of Christ! -LB Senior
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  May 8, 2012
well done
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  March 6, 2012
Where did u get the helmets for the roman soldiers? Very well done, good job. :)
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  February 2, 2012
This creation is amazing,this moc makes remember those verses! This is amazing! God bless the world and everyone on it!
Christopher Baldacci
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simon whatley
  December 15, 2011
your welcome this is truly a work of art
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  November 14, 2011
Quoting simon whatley were did you get that face for Jesus? i'd like to know
It is the face on one of the Rebel Commandos in the STARWARS "Battle of Endor" set. Thanks for your comment!
Christopher Baldacci
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simon whatley
  November 11, 2011
were did you get that face for Jesus? i'd like to know
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  November 1, 2011
Great job!
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  October 30, 2011
Amen!
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  October 27, 2011
Nicely done Christopher!
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  October 26, 2011
Very Nice:)
Christopher Baldacci
Sam "The legoman" Knavel
  October 15, 2011
I am against religious creations, period. But not religion, nicely done though.
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  October 15, 2011
Beautifully done scene. As you may have figured, I don't believe it, but that doesn't mean we can't all coexist in peace and enjoy our Lego - and your skill in crafting this piece.
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  September 16, 2011
on moc not > Wonderful moc i have tried b4 but have no bare torso. On christian note> Its wonderful to find others on mocpages who are christians. I am thankful we are alowed to freely discuss and make christian topics and mocs. To God be the Glory. Josh O :)
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  September 12, 2011
Wow.....This has to be the best creation ever! I have always wanted to do something like this but I lack the pieces. I'm glad the MOC pages accepts Christian related creations because LU didn't!
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  June 23, 2011
Quoting Mister Bones This is a very good creation. The landscaping and overall scene is great. One bit note, the Romans generally used ropes to tie people to the cross, nails were used very rarely. I may not agree with all of your beliefs, but I do like your skill with the brick. Keep it up!
Thank you! And yes I did know Roman's preferred to use ropes when executing criminals. However, the Bible specifically notest the Romans using nails to pierce Jesus. Unknowingly, these Roman's were fulfilling Isaiah's 400 year old prophesy that the Messiah would be pierced by 'dogs' (the Jewish term for Romans). Perhaps his flanking robbers were tied with ropes, but "[Jesus] was PIERCED for our transgressions, and crushed for our sins; upon his was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
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  June 23, 2011
This is a very good creation. The landscaping and overall scene is great. One bit note, the Romans generally used ropes to tie people to the cross, nails were used very rarely. I may not agree with all of your beliefs, but I do like your skill with the brick. Keep it up!
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  June 14, 2011
I love your quotes and this really captures the mood right. Come comment on please. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/274369
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  April 30, 2011
Awesome job on this one. I like all the details and the landscaping. The whole thing and subject is fantastic.
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  April 28, 2011
This build definitely does justice to its topic. Excellent work.
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  April 23, 2011
How incredible that I should see this scene - no hang on, this statement - on the day before Easter... and well done for being brave enough to post it where everyone can see it. Bless you brother!
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  April 18, 2011
Very nice job! Excellent work on every part of it!
Christopher Baldacci
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Country Biscuit
  April 17, 2011
This is really well done. I was going to make one of these, but smaller, but you beat me to it. I was going to use actual nails too. Why not sacrifice some LEGO for the one who was sacrificed for my freedom? With Easter a week away, I need to finish what I'm making.
Christopher Baldacci
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Mark Eckerson
  April 17, 2011
Great build, and thank you for spreading the word of what Jesus did and is doing for us.
Christopher Baldacci
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cj cutrone9
  April 17, 2011
Hallelujah to the Lamb Of God that was slain for our sins. The Lord bless you for having the courage of few to proclaim the faith. Hallelujah.
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  April 3, 2011
Pax vox biscum! Buona Pasqua!
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  April 2, 2011
Very nice!!!!! Happy easter! =)
Christopher Baldacci
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Mitchell Andre
  April 1, 2011
Great work! It's a great message that you portrayed.
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  April 1, 2011
Nice job. But have a Happy Easter! Nice build again!
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  March 31, 2011
How did I miss this?!?! This is incredible Christopher! Not only are your techniques flawless, but you've used them to convey a powerful message! What a wonderful use of Lego! He is risen!
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  March 31, 2011
I like it, but where is his crown of thorns? And it really did get me thinking...
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  March 31, 2011
So awe-inspiring! Amazing job! :D Happy Easter!
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  March 30, 2011
Great build but aside from that its great to see other Believers on mocpages. you also put a great message out there on mocpages. It reely got me thinking about my savior and all he has done for me.
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  March 30, 2011
Glad to see other christians on MOCpages! This is exellent!
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  March 27, 2011
This is cool!
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  March 26, 2011
Well done! The build itself is excellent, and the message is awe-inspiring. Very good job.
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  March 25, 2011
Great build, but even better is the truth it speaks. Thanks for sharing this with us all and Praise God for using even Lego to minister to us and glorify Himself! Oh, and brilliant cross and hanging techniqes!
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  March 25, 2011
Quoting Athanasios Lazarou Very cool. I especially love the (near) studlessness of it all. Good job, I really have nothing bad to say about it. Oh, actually you got just one historical fact wrong. The robbers both died after Jesus, because the soldiers had to come and break their legs. But Jesus had died prior to them, in concordance with the prophesy that said that none of his bones should/would be broken. So when the soldiers came to check to see if he was dead, they stabbed him and blood and water flowed and... But you already know this, and I'm babbling. =D Anyway, again, great job.
Thanks! I completely forgot when I had that dead robber. Thanks for your comment!
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  March 25, 2011
Very cool. I especially love the (near) studlessness of it all. Good job, I really have nothing bad to say about it. Oh, actually you got just one historical fact wrong. The robbers both died after Jesus, because the soldiers had to come and break their legs. But Jesus had died prior to them, in concordance with the prophesy that said that none of his bones should/would be broken. So when the soldiers came to check to see if he was dead, they stabbed him and blood and water flowed and... But you already know this, and I'm babbling. =D Anyway, again, great job.
Christopher Baldacci
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Soap MacTavish
  March 24, 2011
How did you make the cross? Its a wonderful job nice barnabis. Weres pilot?
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  March 24, 2011
Very very good MOC! I like how you made Jesus, (That sounds weird...)especially the whip marks.
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  March 24, 2011
Wonderful work here Christopher!
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  March 24, 2011
Very detailed MOC! The Jesus minifig is one of your best and definitely the best I've seen on Mocpages so far! Great job (6/5) !!!
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  March 24, 2011
Excellent scene. Some great vig qualities to it.
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  March 24, 2011
Quoting Max Pointner These just keep getting better! I love this moc! The stones, the minifigs, the plants; all are amazing! Keep it up! I really love the way you did the crosses. You should make all the disciples and do a series of mocs on the life of Christ. My Redeemer lives!
Yes - I was thinking about doing a Last Supper after my entry for the LOTR Trilogy Contest.
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  March 24, 2011
These just keep getting better! I love this moc! The stones, the minifigs, the plants; all are amazing! Keep it up! I really love the way you did the crosses. You should make all the disciples and do a series of mocs on the life of Christ. My Redeemer lives!
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  March 24, 2011
Quoting Soap MacTavish How did you make the cross? Its a wonderful job nice barnabis. Weres pilot?
The robber is not actually Barrabas. He would have been released later and not been at the crucifixion. Remember, he was set free instead of Jesus. Also Pontius Pilate was too high on the social scale to go to a crucifixion - a criminal execution. Thanks for your comment!
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  March 24, 2011
Nice better then mine take a look at my bible creations
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  March 24, 2011
You certainly captured the majesty in this creation, he truly is awsome. Happy Easter to you too!
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  March 23, 2011
I am also a christian, and loved it. this is a brilliant creation! I was planning on doing a moc just like this, just at easter. the figs are great too.
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  March 23, 2011
very cool!! i am a christian and i am assuming you are to. :)
 
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