The Seven Last Words-The Second Word

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him, "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence. We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23: 39-43)

Luke writes of a strong, gracious Jesus.

 The Life of Christ, Keith Haring

Keith Haring, artist of the 20th century, combines his pop figures with the style of ancient Russian icons. In this altarpiece (which is located in Grace Cathedral in San Francisco) Haring conveys his interpretation of Christ--a cross, a glowing heart, a baby nested in arms, with blessings flowing down equally on all humankind. This last work of love and resurrection was completed two weeks before Haring's death.

Man of Sorrows Between the Virgin and St. John, Nicholas Tzafuris 

This work shows the suffering and death on the cross that was at the opposite end of the earthly ministry of Christ from his baptism. Working on the island of Crete in the years following the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Tzafuris adapted and perhaps "westernized" the Byzantine tradition he'd come from of showing Christ as the Man of Sorrows.

A suffering yet triumphant Jesus, forever in Paradise.