After suffering greatly on the cross, Jesus bows his head and dies.
|The Cross of Extinction|
We have a custom of making beautiful crosses in religious art, as though forgetting the horrible suffering inflicted with crosses by the ancient Romans in their executions of criminals and rebels. The cross formed here is almost beautiful, but not when one realizes that each photo in that cruciform picture is an animal that is recently extinct. They lived recently enough to have been captured by modern photography, but they no longer exist. The progress of our modern day Empire is ever hastening the prospects of death in the form of more species extinctions to the point that some say the earth is on the verge of another mass biological extinction event. Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God as a pathway way to life, as opposed to Empire, whose most consistent legacy is death.