Continuation of 'Bride' painting
So, who were they? How do I paint them?
While reading Matthew 5's famous Sermon on the Mount, I wondered who they were, or are...Jesus said 'blessed are the poor in spirit, and the mournful, the meek, the ones seeking justice, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, as well as the persecuted.' At first glance it might seem obvious, but really, who exactly are the poor in spirit anyway? One commentary I read described them to be the 'spiritually bankrupt'. But that doesn't really answer the question. Is it that they know they have nothing apart from God? Perhaps at some point in their lives, they discovered that nothing in this world satisfies. How depressing and sad, and damaging to anyone's spirit to find out that 'life is hard and then we die!' But He said, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven'!! If what Jesus offers is true, how awesome it is, for those in need, that they recognize their poverty and accept the invitation to live in his kingdom!
So in my painting, the 2 hurting children are the lost and alone, the 'poor in spirit'. Whether rich or poor, they are devastated and without hope. They are the downtrodden in life, who have found that this world is definitely not fair, can't satisfy, and will never provide true lasting happiness. But by God's grace the love of Christ enters their hearts, freeing them to receive that gift of salvation. The kingdom of heaven awaits them as Jesus exchanges their rags for His riches!
The Bride of Christ must be made up of such as these. And what about those persecuted for His sake? Should they be included somehow in this multitude of believers I'm trying to portray. The 'Voice of the Martyrs' magazine is full of heart wrenching stories about real persecution going on in other parts of the world. Many people are being attacked for their faith even today! It's a shock to realize that the history of the persecuted church repeats itself even in 2012. We pride ourselves as being so civilized, so culturally advanced, and yet, we still have barbaric places on this planet where, in spite of their advanced technology and education, there is very little if any freedom of religion. And so, in trying to imply a segment of that Christian society, I sketched in a simple quiet figure in the foreground of the bridal veil. His tortured pose was to suggest his situation, and represent the witness of millions who died for their beliefs. The kingdom of heaven awaits them as well!
a multitude of representation
The image of a waiting bride is all of this, a plural entity, made up of generations of rejoicing prayer warriors, martyrs and forgiven masses, wearing the spotless righteousness of Christ...her garment was white linen as described in Revelation 19...but if she were to be painted as described, I would include in her veil, some images..maybe, we'll see how it looks... not sure how to portray this...but here is what I have so far..She has to be made up of all those mentioned in Christ's Sermon!
She waits, and waits.
But just imagine being in suspense for thousands of years! 'Anticipation is making her wait'...not exactly what Carly Simon's song meant...but with a new meaning for me!
To see further work on this painting and more scriptural paintings, click below
- The Waiting Bride - LORD & LARKIN
Paintings from parables and scenes from the bible.