A scene from the timeless Biblical classic "The Pilgrim's Progress" written as an allegory by John Bunyan. The book's text appears beneath each photo, and there is a short explanation at the end. Enjoy!
About this creation
"Now I saw in my dream, That the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation."
"Up this way therefore did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the Load on his back."
"He ran thus until he came at a place somewhat ascending..."
"... and upon that place stood a Cross..."
"... and a little below, in the bottom, a Sepulchre."
"So I saw in my dream, That just as Christian came up with the Cross, his Burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the Sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more."
"Then Christian was glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, He hath given me Rest by his Sorrow, and Life by his Death. Then he stood still a while to look and wonder; for it was very surprizing to him, that the sight of the Cross should thus ease him of his Burden. He looked therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks."
"Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three Shining Ones came to him and saluted him, with Peace be to thee; so the first said to him..."
"Thy Sins be forgiven; the second stript him of his rags, and cloathed him with Change of Raiment..."
"the third also set a Mark on his forehead, and gave him a Roll, with a Seal upon it, which he bid him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the Cúlestial Gate; so they went their way."
"Then Christian gave three leaps for Joy, and went on singing."
"The Pilgrim's Progress" is an allegory. It symbolizes the spiritual walk of a believer, through the lens of fiction. The main character, Christian, represents, (as his name implies,) the believer in Christ on the hard road to everlasting life in heaven. (The Cúlestial City.) In this scene, Christian is released from his burden of guilt when he realizes the atoning work of Jesus the Messiah on the cross. His guilt falls to the grave with Jesus, and is buried with Him. But just as Jesus, through His resurrection, atoned for the sins of the world, Christian comes to new life; symbolized by the fresh garments given to him to replace his rags. Roger Sharrock, modern editor and scholar of the book, states that the three "Shining Ones" are "three angels rather than the Trinity." The first angel blesses Christian, the second angel gives Christian new clothes of purity, and the third marks Christian as a servant of the one true God, and gives him a scroll that contains words of encouragement, and gains him admittance to the kingdom of heaven. I hope you enjoyed this little diorama as much as I did building it!
This was the first classic I ever read - I got the book in 1st grade and finished it in a week. I am so glad you made this. It does the book total justice! Everything about this is breathtaking! I can't say enough about this. 5 stars, Paul!