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Luke 2:15-20
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

"It is appointed man once to die and after that to face the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

A very popular assumption is that if my good outweighs my bad then I should be OK when I get there. "I'm a pretty good person, and I think God is going to take that into consideration." But what would concern me is this: How good is good enough? Where is the line drawn to let me know if I really am OK?

The Bible gives a test for this goodness and it is called the 10 Commandments.

Do you think you have kept the 10 Commandments? Have you ever told a lie? Ever stolen something? Ever coveted? Ever lusted? Ever used God's name in vain? Ever disobeyed your parents? Has God always been first in your life?

I've broken all of them.

Standing before God, would He find you innocent or guilty of breaking His commands? He will find you guilty if you have broken even one. If guilty, would He send you to Heaven (reward) or hell (punishment)?

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23).

None of us can measure up to the standard of God's righteousness. You are guilty (and so am I) of sinning (breaking His laws) against God Himself, and, because you have a conscience, (con-with, science-knowledge) you have sinned "with knowledge." Isn't it true that every time you lied, stole, lusted, etc., that you knew it was wrong? I knew it every time.

Some more bad news though. You have actually angered God by your sin and are made an "enemy of God in your mind through your wicked works," (Colossians 1:21) This news scared me. If God is all powerful and was able to create the entire universe out of nothing, I know I certainly didn't want to be His enemy.

People go to hell because they have broken God's Laws and in order for God to be good He must be just and punish all lawbreakers (you, me and the whole world).

So that's the bad news.

The Good News is...even though we broke the law... Jesus (God in flesh) paid our fine.

The Bible tells us there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood. (Hebrews 9:22) And so Jesus shed His for us on the cross... And we can trust Him and what He did because He rose from the dead. No one else has power over death.

In response to Him you should Repent: You as a fallen human are a rebel who must lay down his arms, which are sins, surrendering to God, saying you are sorry, realizing you have broken His law, and are ready to start life over again (being born-again)–that is the only way out... This process of surrender is what God calls repentance. "Now he commands all people everywhere to repent...” (Acts 17:30) You must cry out to Him for mercy, turn away from your sins, and He will give you full pardon, for all sins past, present and future.

And place your Faith in Him: Be faithful to follow after Jesus and obey His commands. Read the Bible daily and do His will. “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins..” (1 John 1:9)

God does not want you, or anyone, to perish. He is rich in mercy and compassion, and has provided a way for you to be forgiven. He has invited you to come to Him for a FULL PARDON and receive the free gift of Eternal Life. You cannot earn it, and you don't deserve it, but God is offering it to you as proof of His love for you.
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
you have problem with babies
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SundayComicBooks Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
the baby looks too small I think but its cool 
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GATEclubart Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
YAAYYY!!! ^^ beautiful scene! =D
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kwr2k11 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I really love your illustrations and that whole "Are you a Good Person?" is from the "Way of the Master" Bible teaching tools, as provided by founders Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains, and is a cousin of Candace Cameron Bure, DJ Tanner of Full House), His partner in the series is Ray Comfort, known in some circles as the "Banana Man." Ray once used a banana to illustrate that God created all the fruits after their own kind.

Keep on drawing...I enjoyed the story of the Gadrasene demoniac (the one who had the Legion of demons). If you don't believe in demons, why are they mentioned in the Bible. Even the Bible says demons know Jesus (like the Legion of demons used the honorifics, "Son of David" and the man whom beat up the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 9. Paul was casting out demons in the name of Christ, and the 7 sons of Sceva, a false priest, believed they could cast out demons like Paul did, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but what about you?" The demon possessed man shrieked as he proceeded to tan the hides of the 7 sons of Sceva, because their faith was not of Christ. Then Paul cast that demon out. Then Paul on a later journey to Ephesus with Silas encounters a girl with a spirit of divination (fortune telling) and casts the spirit out of her. Her owners profited off of the money she was making selling her fortunes the demon spirit in her, and when they lost their livelyhood, they rose up and sent Paul and Silas into prison.
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tilderman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
i love this! there is a way that we can use it in our church in argentina? we want a poster for our christmas special.

thanks
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SuperSpieth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Jesus was so cute in the manger.
It's hard to believe Jesus left Heaven and came to earth to die for us and saved us from our sins.
That is true love.
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SuperSpieth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
That is so cute.
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toph-is-sweet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Golly! You are so amazing!!!!

I gives me chills to see some of this stuff. It amazing!
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fazzygrl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I love all your work! Thank you for illustrating the Bible in such a gorgeous way!! :hug:
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flamable77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
I just read the description!!! And wow! Its amazing..God's love and sad that are sins separate us from God...well i recently shared to a friend who used to be an atheist and used this source of guide that its through Jesus that we get back to GOD:)
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eikonik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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BlackStar-okuz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!! This is awesome! :+favlove:
I think it's really good that you're doing this- Illustrating things of the bible and writing the verses you wrote up there :nod:
It's pretty cool :D
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chemical-failure Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Im Faving It, Im Faving It, Im Faving It!!!! :heart:
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sicklifehood Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Fave
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YandereZombie Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
Great Job :clap:
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blazedacat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
This is beautiful! Absolutely brilliant.
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eikonik Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!

It was fun!
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Abrahamlove Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
OH MY. You even showed them in a CAVE! Oh MAN. You know your stuff.
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eikonik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I am in a blessed position to be able to work and study with some incredibly smart people who have helped me out in creating a more historical approach to these illustrations. God is Awesome!
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Abrahamlove Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
He truely is. I actually go to church with Roy Blizzard["jr"] and Gloria Blizzard, i'm not sure if you've heard of them but they actually did a lot of research into the Hebrew roots movement.
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eikonik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting... I've not heard of them but am curious... think I might Google them.

Thanks
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Risen-Art Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, baby Jesus is so tiny here =D The lighting came out beautifully and man, my gut just swells with joy seeing this.

I always get confused though. The shepherds saw him right away right? How did it take the Kings from the East to reach him?
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eikonik Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
From what I have gathered the Magi came several months, maybe even 2 years, after His birth.
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Risen-Art Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh, good... I was actually thinking of making a spoof on that. Just a fun yet poignant protrayal of the Christmas night.
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eikonik Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Yep, Jesus is really just a newborn here... fairly small. And the shepherds, as it seems to read in the gospels, came as soon as he was delivered, right after the angels announced his birth, because they were still in the stable.
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Risen-Art Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I know! My nephew was just born last week and he's a tiny little thing just like that. =D

I have a question, was this inked with pens or did you cg the pencil art?
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eikonik Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
This was inked with pens..
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Risen-Art Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ah okay.
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