by Stephen Whitney

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Stephen Whitney
Isaiah 53:7-9

Michelangelo Caravaggio an Italian artist in the late 1500'and early 1600's. Trained as a painter in Milan under a master and in his early twenties he moved to Rome where many new churches and large buildings were being built and paintings were needed
to fill them.

His paintings combined realistic pictures of people in life along with dramatic use of lighting which stirred your emotions and captured your focus so you were drawn into the picture to feel
as if you were there yourself.

In 1602 he painted a picture called The Taking of Christ. This picture was an early example of the Baroque style which was used to capture your emotions. This picture which was created in dark hues allows the viewer to contemplate the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Two main elements of the scene depicted in the painting demand the attention of the viewer. The first is Judas as he gives Jesus the traitor's kiss. Immediately, however, the viewer's focus is drawn toward Jesus' hands, which are passively clasped together to show that he offered no resistance to this injustice.

Although he possessed the power to create the universe, Christ gave himself up voluntarily to his captors knowing he would be unjustly sentenced to die on the cross. Knowing that was his fate, he did not defend himself when he was accused by the religious and political leaders. He willing chose to die for our sins.

His Affliction
Oppressed - Heb. hard pressed or driven
Translated taskmaskers (5x) of the Egyptians who oversaw the forced labor of the Israelites to build cities for Pharaoh in Ex 5.
They were forced to work or they were beaten for not working.

Matt. 26:61-62 Jesus was challenged by the high priest to answer the charges about him claiming to destroy the temple. His trial by the religious leaders lasted throughout the night.

Afflicted - Heb. to b ...

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