Tuesday, August 15, 2006
By Ramone & Yoko - August 13, 2006
On the 20th of last month, I think Yoko and I were talking or just relaxing in the living room, and she suddenly saw this picture. She did a small sketch and we talked about it. I painted it with light watercolor almost a month later based on her sketch. About the picture, she said:
"Father was sad seeing Jesus on the cross, but through there it will be blessings and salvation for us."There are a couple other pictures and a friend's poem on this theme--the Father's grief--but I hesitate to speak about it because I really don't know what to say to do His heart justice, you know? It's so big, so wonderful, so heavy... and I don't want to speak of it lightly. But at the same time, I'm thankful He gave the picture to Yoko, and I know I shouldn't be afraid of talking about it more. If anything, I think this is what He is calling us all to see and know.
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son... On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity."Lord, I don't know what to say. But Father, thank You for sharing this. Help me look deeper, look stronger, and look longer at Your tears, at the blessing You've poured out on us through Your grief for Your Son. Help me never lose sight of it, Father. And help me never cease to speak of it and to not be shy about it. Thank You for what You gave---You gave everything, and we received everything in Him. Thank You so much, Father. Jesus, please continue to make Father's love for You known to us and fill us with His heart.
(Zechariah 12:10, 13:1)
"I have made You [Father] known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them."