Title: "Risen King." This poem describes the Biblical basis and theology of the images:
Risen King poured out in Blessing (Matthew 26:26; ; Luke 24:30, 31)
new Humanity become one (Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:14)
thirsting deer by flowing streams (Psalm 42:1, 2)
feast on Christ, exalted Son (Hebrews 7:26)
The altar-table has been laid
the power of evil has been staid (Eph. 6:17; Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 2:14)
the Bridegroom comes (John 3:29, 30)
as we await (Phil 3:20)
Let all Creation Sing (Rev. 5:13) At the top we see Christ, the Risen King, feeding the new humanity with himself in Communion. The dove represents the Holy Spirit. The 3-prong candlestick points to the Holy Trinity and Christ as the Bridegroom and to the heavenly “marriage supper” in the Kingdom of God (Rev. 19:9). The little book below the candlestick is a Bible; the “sword of the Spirit, ” which radiates our God’s saving power, from Eph. 6:17. The deer represents the human soul thirsting for Christ (Psalm 42:1,2). Christ’s foot crushes the serpent, Satan, as foretold in Gen. 3:15). Below the arm of Christ we see a tower, in the heavenly Jerusalam (Rev. 21:2).
My artwork reveals Christ as the Risen and Exalted King, who empowers his people for spiritual battle. We are united in Christ and are ambassadors for him (Eph. 6:20). The foot of Christ crushes Satan and evil powers (Eph. 6:12). Through his death and resurrection Christ has won the war, but we still have battles to fight with his help and power. The little book below the candlestick is a Bible. This is the Word of God, the sword of the Spirit which our Triune God has given us to fight spiritual battles (Eph. 6:17), and also represents the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15).
Please email me to purchase the original artwork (26" x 44") or a reproduction printed as a fabric banner, at: BjellandBarbara@gmail.com
I offer: Visual Art, Books, Ministry Resources (including visual liturgies and fabric banners); workshops on visual art, sacraments and theology. Please inquire through email at: BjellandBarbara@gmail.com
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