There is in Antwerp, Belgium, one of the most remarkable pictures I ever saw. It is "The Descent of Christ from the Cross." It is one of Ruben's pictures. No man can stand and look at "The Descent of Christ from the Cross," as Rubens pictured it, without having his eyes flooded with tears, if he has an sensibility at all. It is an over-mastering picture--one that stuns you, and staggers you, and haunts your dreams.
One afternoon, a man stood in the cathedral looking at Rubens, "Descent from the Cross." He was absorbed in that scene of the Saviour's sufferings when the janitor came in and said, "It is time to close the cathedral for the night, I wish you would depart." The pilgrim looking at that "Descent from the Cross," turned and said, "No, no; not yet. Wait until they get Him down."
Oh, it is the story of a Saviour's suffering kindness that is to capture the world.
written T. De Witt Talmage, page 30 in One Thousand Evangelistic Illustrations, edited by Webb, A. (1924). New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers