While I love reading scripture aloud I have trouble reading that Psalm, I get too choked up. Psalm 22 is included on the pages in the centre of the painting.
I’ve been looking into the art of Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak. His work is described as a continual questioning, with no expectation of a definitive answer regarding the holocaust and Jewish suffering.
With this painting I express the anguish and suffering of Jesus and His identity as a Jew.
While the obvious reading of the “MY GOD WHY” in my painting is to see it as a question – there is no “?” after those words. It therefore could also be a statement expressing a truth about God – that the crucifixion wasn’t an accident. That the REASON (the why) can be found in God. That God HAS a purpose and that God IS the purpose.
Mankind gets so caught up with our own desires and expectations that God is pushed aside or pushed away. Often we only turn to Him when it seems to suit our best interests to do so, rather than turn to Him as THE reason for life and purpose.
Too often the question on our mind is “why me?” or “why us”.
Better questions to consider would be “Why You?” or “Why Jesus?”
Why was such an extreme thing as the crucifixion of Jesus considered necessary? What was it all about? Why did God make such a sacrifice?