Monday, October 30, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Jesus carried the cross

Matthew 27:30-33, Mark 15:19-22, Luke 23:26, John 19:17.

They spit on him, and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).

In John 19:17, it says, "Carrying his own cross,". It seems Jesus could not keep carrying it because he already suffered a lot by the soldiers.

Jesus carried the cross

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Jesus before Pilate

Matthew 27:11-31, Mark 15:1-20, Luke 23:1-24, John 18:28-19:1.

Jesus was taken to the palace of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews? What is it you have done?" Jesus replied,"My kingdom is not of this world." "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him." But Jews shouted to crucify Jesus, and Pilate was afraid of them. Pilate released a criminal called Barabbas whom Jews wanted instead of Jesus.

Jesus before Pilate

Friday, October 27, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The death of Judas Iscariot

Matthew 27:3-5

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility." So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

The death of Judas Iscariot

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin

Matthew 26:57-66, Mark 14:53-64, Luke 22:66-71

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest. Caiaphas and chief priest and whole Sanhedrin was looking for false evidence against Jesus. But they could not find any they could use to put Jesus to death. Caiaphas asked Jesus "Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say. But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then Caiaphas said excitedly, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses?" They answered, "He is worthy of death!"

Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Peter disowned Jesus

Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62. John 18:25-27.

Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. He disowned Jesus twice more, rigfht after that a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Peter was very confident that he would never disown his Lord, but he did it three times in hours. Weak mind like myself surely need help from holy spirits to keep the faith at a difficult time.

Peter disowned Jesus

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Judas' kiss

Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-50, Luke 22:47-54, John 18:3-12.

Judas arrived to Gethsemane with a large crowd armed with swords and clubs. Judas said to them "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him". Judas came to Jesus and said,"Greetings, Rabbi." and kissed him. Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.

All the disciples ran away.

Judas' kiss

Monday, October 23, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The prayer in Gethsemane

The prayer in Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36-42, Mark 14:32-36, Luke 22:39-44

At the place called Gethsemane, Jesus took Peter, James, and John. He who was very sorrowful said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

As in Luke 22:44, 'his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.' His prayer before his death was in such an anguish.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: I am the way

John 14:5-6.
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

Here, not only Thomas, but also Philip and Judas who is not Iscariot (Thaddaeus) asked Jesus for his answer. John 14 to 17 is about Jesus' final teachings to his disciples. Just full of critical teachings. Among them I picked my favourite verse.

I am the way

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Before the rooster crows

John 13:36-38, Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:33-34.

Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later." Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

Before the rooster crows

Friday, October 20, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Jesus predicted Judas' betrayal

John 13:21-30, Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-23.

In the last meal, after he washed disciples feet, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me." "Lord, who is it?" John asked him. Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to Judas, "What you are about to do, do quickly.". As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Jesus predicted Judas' betrayal

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The master washes his servants' feet

John 13:4-17.

Jesus got up from the meal and started to wash his disciples feet. He came to Peter. Peter said " Lord, are you going to wash my feet?". Jesus replied," You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.". "No, you shall never wash my feet!", Peter said. Jesus taught him it's necessary. When he finished washing their feet, Jesus said,"I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."

The master washes his servants' feet

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The last supper

Matthew 26:20-29, Mark 14:17-25, Luke 22:14-20.

At the last supper of the Passover, Jesus told disciples "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, he took the cup, saying, "this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."

This is the 100th of the drawing for I thank my Lord for letting me do this work.

Can you tell who's who? Please look at previous drawings of each disciple. Where is Judas?

The last supper

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Whatever you did for one of the least

Matthew 25:31-46.

Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus told about his return. "The Son of Man will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come here. Here's the kingdom he has waiting for you. I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me'. Then those people will ask, 'When did we do these things?'. Here is the truth: whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

This is the verse of the final judgment. I was too scared to draw it from Michelangelo's point of view. But this verse also lets me consider what I am doing and what I can do for the least brothers of Jesus.

Whatever you did for one of the least

Monday, October 16, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The servant who buried his talent

Matthew 25:14-30.
Jesus told another parable to describe God's kingdom. A man went for travel and he asked 3 of his servants to manage his money. Each servants was given amount of money according to his ability. A servant was given 5 talents, another servant was given 2 talents, and the other one was given 1 talent. When the man came back from his travel, only the servant who received 1 talent did not manage his given money and kept it buried. The master was angry about this servant and took his 1 talent and gave it to the servant with 10 talents.
These talents are the various things given to each of us from the God. There is the God's expectation on how we use it.

The servant who buried his talent

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The widow's mite

Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4.
Jesus sat down and was watching people putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw a big amount, but a poor widow put only two small copper coins. Jesus said to his disciples "I tell you the truth. This poor widow has put more into treasury than anybody. They all gave out of their wealth, but she put in everything she has - all she had to live on."

The widow's mite

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: The greatest commandment

Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-31.
An expert in the law, tested Jesus asking what is the greatest commandment in the Law. Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Jesus quoted these from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18.

The greatest commandment

Friday, October 13, 2006

Today's Christian clip art: Give to God what is God's

Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26.
Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus, asking if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar.
Jesus who knew their plan already said "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax. Whose portrait is this? and whose inscription?" "Caesar's." they replied. Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." By this answer they were amazed and lost the ways to trap Jesus.

Give to God what is God's