The Crucifixion of Jesus



HUMAN SUFFERING - Social Reality


(04/03/2001) Human suffering also affects God's heart because the earth and all it contains are His creation. Moreover, God created man according to His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). God was willing to come down to the earth in the form of a man, in Jesus Christ, who experienced human suffering. The depth of Jesus' suffering was that He had to be a sacrifice, and also to experience the torture of his body hanging on the cross to die. At that time God not only showed His "solidarity" with humans and what they experience, but also did His work in saving people by His wounds and the drops of His blood, cleansing human sin.


by Yu Jiade, China

Look, your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Mat. 21:5)

"Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey a colt. There is no doubt it was a deliberate symbol. Was it to poke fun at the pretentions of the powerful? Would they be expecting the Messiah to ride a white horse into the city?

But it is the donkey that speaks most powerfully of the ministry of Jesus. He always seemed to choose the weak and the lowly as the symbols of his calling. The lamb and the sheep, the dove and the donkey are all weak and powerless creatures.

By his action, Jesus was saying something about power and powerlessness. The humility of his action stands in contrast to the crowd's expectation of him as a conqueror. In the entry to Jerusalem, God is identified with the poor rather than the rich, with the humble against the proud, with those who love against those who hate, with peace against war. All the virtues which we tend to see as weak are the ones which he claims to be strong. He gives up power and in his powerlessness shows the greater strength.

In many Bible commentaries, this event is described as "the triumphal entry". This statement is a complete misnomer. It arose in medieval times when the church was obsessed with temporal power.

The truth is lost if we associate this event with triumphalism. Jesus entered Jerusalem with all the symbols of simple humility. His actions were a mockery of the things the world associates with power.

But it is in his humility that real strength resides. In his weakness is our strength."

-Ron O'Grady, Aotearoa/New Zealand, from The Bible Through Asian Eyes.

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In this page we offer the art works of some Asian Christian artists which fit the theme about Crucifixion of Jesus. These selected images are about Palm Sunday, the Lord Supper / Jesus washing his disciples' feet, the betrayal of Jesus and at the bottom page we offer images which shows about Jesus before the Pilate and Jesus on the cross.

This time we present the art works of: Yu Jiade - China, He Qi - China, Ding Fang - China, Wang Wei-zhong - China, Noehoni Harsono - Indonesia, Jyoti Sahi - India, Alphonso Doss - India, Anthony Doss - India, Tanaka Tadao - Japan, Sadao Watanabe - Japan, Kim Bu In - Korea, Kim Soo Jung - Korea, Nalini Jayasuriya - Sri Lanka and John Coburn - Australia.


Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel round his waist. Then he pored some water into the basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry the with the towel round his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Are you going to wash my feet Lord?"
Jesus answered him, "You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later" (John 13:3-7)


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"The Last Supper", Sadao Watanabe, Japan, 1984 "The Last Supper", John Coburn, Australia "Christ Washing Disciples' Feet", Alphonso Doss, India "Washing the Feet", Jyoti Sahi, India

Jesus was still speaking when Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs and sent by the chief priests and the elders...
Judas went straight to Jesus and said, "Peace be with you, Teacher," and kissed him.
Jesus answered, "Be quick about it, friend!" (Matt. 26:47, 49, 50)

"The Disgrace of Judas",  Tanaka Tadao, Japan, 1954
"Judas", Nalini Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka
"Peter and the Cock", Sadao Watanabe, Japan, 1974
Judas, the disciple of Christ
Judas, the betrayer of Christ

Judas who repented for his sin
Judas who paid for his sin with his own life.

Can we ever understand or know
The violence and passion of this man-
The violence of his intention
And the passion of his love?

Perhaps, more than any other
He recognized Jesus as the Messiah;
If he did
How could he believe
The Messiah could die?

Can we ever understand or know
Why Judas was Judas?

-Nalini Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka


They took Jesus to a place called Golgotha, which means "The Place of the Skull." There they tried to give him wine mixed with a drug called myrrh, but Jesus would not drink it. Then they crucified him and divided his clothes among themselves, throwing dice to see who would get which piece of clothing. It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him. (Mark 15:22-25)


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"Pilate Washing His Hands (A)", He Qi, China "Crucifixion", Wang Wei-zhong, China "Adoration", Anthony Doss, India ---------, Kim Bu In, Korea ---------, Kim Soo Jung, Korea "Face of the Saviour of the World", Noehani Harsono, Indonesia "Our Sighs and Tears", Ding Fang, China
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