The Blood Of The Lamb - Tristan Goetz

This gallery displays the use of the color red in many Christian art works.  Often, Jesus is depicted in red robes to symbolize the blood that he holds with him that can sanctify the people, even when the scriptures clearly state the color of his robe.

"Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;" - Genesis 19:24 Red fire burns on the horizon of the world as Lot and his two daughters escape the city with the two angels of God. The dark coloring of the image is contrasted against the bright area surrounding the angels.
"And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." - Luke 1:31 Mary, clothed in red and holding the son of God, squashes the serpent while being surrounded by the angels of God playing musical instruments and holding key aspects of his death.
"For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid." -Mark 6:50 Peter was unsure of Jesus' ability to allow him to walk on the stormy water, until Jesus beckoned unto him and Peter stepped out of the boat. Jesus is wearing a red robe in the image to signify his authority.
"And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves," - Matthew 21:12 Jesus, wearing a red robe, is seen lashing out at the people who were selling stuff inside of the temple. The lash that Jesus is using is shown in motion as the ropes are hanging in the air.
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If though newest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." - John 4:10 Jesus is seen speaking with a woman from Samaria, an act that no one but her husband should do. He is seen clothed in red, and she is intently listening to him speak.
"And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." - Luke 22:44 Jesus, clothed in red, is being visited by an angel of God. The look on Jesus' face shows his pain while the look on the angel's face shows one of sorrow.
"And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe," - John 19:2 Jesus is surrounded by Pilate's soldiers and a crown of thorns is placed on his head. The verse clearly states that he was adorned with a purple robe, and the image shows him in a red robe. This difference in color could be symbolizing the his blood that he sheds on the cross for us.
"This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin." - John 19:20 The only use of red in this image is the blood that is dripping from his body. This is a contrast to many of the other images that have him clothed in red. His frail body also shows his meekness and his brokenness.
"And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." -Luke 24:51 Jesus, depicted as still bleeding, forgiving the soldiers that crucified him as they sleep outside of his tomb. He holds a banner similar to that of an army that conquers nations, symbolizing his conquering over death.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." - John 7:24 Jesus is clothed in red, posed as a judge, and surrounded by two cherubim angels shown in red, two archangels, and two of his followers. Jesus does not judge based on a person's appearance, but upon His righteous word.
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