By His Stripes
Size: 25″h x 10″w x 7″d
Available in: Bronze
Inspired by the following verse: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Over seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet Isaiah spoke of the coming Messiah’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Illustrated in graphic detail is the bound Savior, grimacing as He receives the first of many lashes at the hands of the Romans, as ordered by Pontius Pilate.
Turning the sculpture clockwise reveals more of the roots and trunk of a “tree of good and evil.” Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, embodiment of everything pure and righteous, is pictured thrust against the very evil object used in His death. Embedded near the base of the tree are skulls, which represent the place of Jesus’ crucifixion, Golgotha (“the place of the skull”). Also visible at the base are three crosses, upon which Jesus and two criminals were nailed.
The empty tomb is at the base shown by the massive stone, placed between rails for ease in sealing the tomb, the stone has been rolled to one side. Three days later, on what is now referred to as “Resurrection Day,” the tomb was emptied, and remains empty to this day.