Title: Louds Hill road autumn.
Painter: Jesper Andersen
Medium: Oil on cardboard.
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Protective powers of the colour red against evil influence were common belief. Objects, animals and trees were covered in red paint, warriors painted their axes and spear-catapults red to endow the weapons with magic powers. Some of the Australian aborigines abide by this custom up to the present times. Roman gladiators drank blood of their dying adversaries to take over their strength. In other cultures, the newly born were bathed in blood of particularly strong and good looking animals. Wearing a red ruby was supposed to bring about invincibility. Red bed-clothes were customary in Germany up to the Middle Ages as protection against the "red illnesses", such as fever, rashes or even miscarriages (famous example is the painting Arnolfini Wedding by Jan Van Eyck, dated 1434). Your Bible has a crimson core. It begins with God Himself, shedding the blood of the first sacrificial lamb to cover Adam's sin, and ends with a multi-national chorus singing, "You . . . have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of ,every. . . nation" (Rev.5:9). The blood will always offend those with sins to hide, a rebellious will to protect, or a Gospel that offers salvation through good works or social evolution. The blood not only saves the repentant, it condemns the defiant, for "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood there is no remission."
"Since Scripture imparts salvation, effective evangelism depends on the faithful proclamation of the Word. God will prepare the soil and bring forth the fruit. We must be faithful to plant the seed." - John MacArthur
In The Holy Communion, the symbols of bread and wine speak to us of Jesus' body and blood. Bread and wine are physically real and almost universally recognizable as the archetypal food and drink. And while they are like Jesus' body and blood (in color, in texture, in form-solid and fluid) they are also unlike it. For bread and wine are common but Christ's body and blood are unique, broken and poured out "once for all." It is our imagination that transfers the stark symbols of body/blood to another level, on which we perceive their meaning-Jesus himself, broken and made available for our spiritual life and nourishment.