Monday, December 25, 2006

Sermon on Canvas: Christ, the Light of the World

This is The Light of the World (1851-1853), now hanging at Oxford, by English Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt. Click on the image for a larger view.

John 1:9-13: There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

In this image, Christ bears the lamp of his grace -- the light of forgiveness, truth, and hope. We live in a world of whole darkness without him, but we are unaware that it is even darkness! Christ alone makes it possible for us to even perceive the light.

On this day, we remember that wonderful moment when Christ entered into the flesh to sojourn with us, and guide us back to home. He lifts up high the lamp so that we may see the way.

Onward, my master! We shall follow!


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