Ecce Homo

Of all the sights that I observed in Italy during my recent visit, this one from the central dome of the Cathedral in Florence was the most breathtaking. Let me explain why.

You’ll notice the words displayed by the angel at the very top above Jesus’ head. It says in Latin “Ecce Homo,” which is translated in English “Behold the Man.”

“So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!" (John 19:5).

Notice what Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, creators of this fresco, have done. They took the words of Pilate used of the Suffering Servant and applied them to the risen and glorified Jesus, of the One who now lives and reigns, the One before whom all of humanity will bend the knee and confess that he is Lord. WOW!!

Think about that for a moment. Ecce Homo

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