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) .
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.
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.
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!