December 5-12 ANNUNCIATION AND VISITATION
Word Breathed 38 x 62 inches oil on canvas
“And now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God . . . And coming in he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one, . . . behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; . . . and His kingdom will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over-shadow you . . . .” —Luke 1:26ff
“My soul exalts in the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, for He has had regard for the humble state of His bond-slave…
the Mighty One has done great things for me,” —Luke 1:46ff
The drawing below was done years ago. It also refers to Mary’s Song or The Magnificat. But as I attached it to my painting wall beneath a 9/11 Deposition to photograph it, I was reminded of Simeon’s prophecy to Mary and Joseph, “Behold this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel and for a sign to be opposed–and a sword will pierce even your own soul–to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed . . . .” —Luke 2:21ff.
The word ADVENT means coming . . . the coming of Jesus, God in the flesh–Emmanuel (God with us) in human form. This Incarnation is God’s final Word in His Son, the living “text” from God. Jesus’ paradoxical coming as a babe in Bethlehem was (and is) the center, the climax of history.
Babel and the Babe mixed media on paper 7 x 7 inches
This babe who escaped Herod the Bethlehem Baby Killer has defeated death by dying a despised death on a cross. He “bruised the serpent’s head” as He promised Adam and Eve after the Fall in the third chapter of Genesis (Gen 3:15).
The last book of the Scriptures, Revelation, (Gk: unveiling), is a colorful prophetic summary of this redemption accomplished — a Big Picture of the battle won!
Death has been conquered and we live in the “last days” awaiting the SECOND ADVENT!
The God who is with us and has accomplished redemption for His people knows our sorrows. “He is acquainted with grief.” He knows we live in “the great tribulation” of a fallen world, a world that groans and waits for the redemption of the sons of God.
This GK Chesterton poem is about the enormity of God’s glorious and profound sacrifice:
“Gloria in Profundis”
There has fallen on earth for a token
A god too great for the sky.
He has burst out of all things and broken
The bounds of eternity:
Into time and the terminal land
He has strayed like a thief or a lover,
For the wine of the world brims over,
Its splendor is split on the sand.
Who is proud when the heavens are humble,
Who mounts if the mountains fall,
If the fixed stars topple and tumble
And a deluge of love drowns all–
Who rears up his head for a crown,
Who holds up his will for a warrant,
Who strives with the starry torrent,
When all that is good goes down?
For in dread of such falling and failing
The fallen angels fell
Inverted in insolence, scaling
The hanging mountain of hell:
But unmeasured of plummet and rod
Too deep for their sight to scan,
Outrushing the fall of man
Is the height of the fall of God.
Glory to God in the Lowest
The spout of the stars in spate–
Where thunderbolt thinks to be slowest
And the lightning fears to be late:
As men dive for sunken gem
Pursuing, we hunt and hound it,
The fallen star has found it
In the cavern of Bethlehem.
The Crown 12 x 12 inches oil and cold wax on panel
“In these last days He has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world, and He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things be the word of His power . . . .” –Hebrews 1.