Friday, October 24, 2008

Jesus and Nicodemus

This is a painting that my husband and I got from my parents for our one year anniversary. We love it because it is different than any other paintings, so it attracts a lot of questions. We saw this painting while at the Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was painted by Harry Antis. Here is that the brochure about it says:

"This painting is filled with symbolism. First the choice to come to Jesus during the darkness of night represents the lack of spiritual understanding by the Pharisees. The red sleeves denote that it was at the hands of the religious leaders that the prophets were stoned. The white that appears under his garment speaks of his desire to know truth. Nicodemus is sitting with his feet in the fire. The flames represent Hell itself. He thought he was right with god because of his good works, but the spirit of man died when Adam and Eve sinned. When we come to Jesus, believing, and asking him to forgive us, our spirit is given life eternal. We then are born again. Note the three white robed figures represent the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

"How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb and be born?" John 3:4
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