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

9 comments:

Earthmommy said...

I have never seen this painting before but I really like the description of the symbolism in it. I love your hearth too, very cozy.

Linda C said...

Wow! This brought back a memory- My church youth group (when I was a teen around 1068-70) traveled to Arkansas from central Illinois and saw the Passion Play there! We camped in tents at a nearby campsite.
We had such a great time on that trip and of course the play was the highlight.
Beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing!
~Linda C

Mrs. Miles said...

What a fabulous painting and a terrific memory. Love your fireplace, looks like you stay cozy.

thank you so much for sharing, I've enjoyed my visit to your home today.

~ Barb (Mrs. Miles)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I've never seen a painting such as that. I like the meaning and memory that goes with it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Susie Homemaker said...

Thank you for sharing such a symbolic painting with us...

Warm Wishes,
Susie

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