"Worship Christ the Newborn King"

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"Worship Christ the Newborn King"

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10 1/2"x 13 1/2"  oil paint on cherry wood. 

Originally developed for the 2017 Christmas Concert program cover at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School.  Finely worked flesh tones, real wood grain and reflective gold make this a treat to see in person.  This is an heirloom piece for home, office, or church.  

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Some art looks back at us.  In the history of art, the "power of the gaze" is a topic of some discussion.  In this piece, as we "Worship Christ the Newborn King", we do so face to face.  The fact that he is Emmanuel (God with Us) should not be forgotten. Surprisingly, God befriends us, his enemies.  In Jesus, God walked this earth, breathed the air and looked us in the eye.  He was willing to be born in a barn, live homeless, be tortured and executed for crimes he didn't commit for the eternal good of rebellious people.  Importantly for us, Jesus didn't stay dead and neither will we.  In his majesty, Jesus ministers.

 

   A work of art is a series of decisions.  To me, "Worship Christ the Newborn King" evokes the Adoration of the Magi.  The age of the model, the confident posture, and rich materials all react to that meeting of strangers brought together by the promises of God.  The circular halo refers to Jesus' divine nature.  Two additional circles intersect in a cropped trinity symbol, reminding us of this child's place with God the Father and Holy Spirit.  Each of the three circles consists of gold and an additional color.  Gold is used to symbolize the majesty of all three persons.  The extra colors refer to individual characteristics to a person of the Trinity.  Red is assigned to Jesus for his human flesh and ultimate sacrifice, leafy green for the ever-unfolding wonders of Father's creation, and white for the invisible faith worked by the whispered inspiration of the Holy Spirit.   All these elements mingle in the mystery of the three-in-one God who met us face-to-face and promises to do so again.