Still I am attracted with The Gospel of John, though I should not fix myself on only a limited part in this great amount of Scripture…what caught me so fast is an energy coming from many debates with Jesus, our Lord, and people.

Jesus asks them (namely, us) strongly to accept him to get their eternal lives. Some of the people followed Him, but many others don’t understand, but oppose to Him.
This opposition, however, I regard as another way of people to ask Him. They really want a Messiah, but are not yet sure where the Man in front of them are the true one, because He showed them so new Ideas as even to seem shocking. Their heart accepts Him, but their minds fear Him.

So I drew a scene of such a debate, at first, between a single man and the Lord.

Of the two the left is Jesus. He leans forward and pull His arms for the other, as if He were to embrace him.

On the other hand, the man shrink himself a bit, due to a fear and worry. He grabs his hands and fix it on his chest, because he is struggling with his true wish to hold them toward Him, too. His back stays backward, but his face and feet are set forward. He will not simply leave Him.

Setting the two at the center, I completed the picture:

With the arguing man there are others. All stiffen their limbs. Two of them asking to each other, what they shall do.
Setting the two at the center, I completed the picture:

With the Lord, there are the followers. Behold, their shoulders are no more raised. They are relaxed, their palms are open. They obviously lean towards Whom they follow.
And I painted with them pastel colors, in contrast to strong colors for the debaters.

As is written in the Gospel, there are also many who did leave Him. They look disappointed, with which I mean, they wanted the Messiah of their own idea, which didn’t go along with the Savor of the world.

And the authorities who seeks the chance to arrest Jesus. I always paint the Lord in black, which is for me the most distinct color. According to that rule the authorities shall wear gray color, which is not black nor white. Namely, they live on their ambiguous justice.

No one of those category means any evil, I think. All of them are given their role to play from the Father in heaven. Once thing with which I’m recently convinced is “God always wants to have things to do with each of us.”


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