This piece is so powerful… It captures in a single painting the beginning and end of the life of our Savior here on earth, just as He was called to live it out. Through humility, He entered this fallen world, as the perfect Son of God. And it was also through humility, that He left this world as the perfect lamb of God. So much took place in His life, so many miracles, so many stories of love unadulterated. His kindness and passion…His wisdom and strength. The righteousness and holiness of the Heart of a perfect King, who had come to lay His life down for an undeserving people. He is the Messiah, the Holy One, the Great I Am. He is Emmanuel… God with us.
And as we look upon this piece we can recall the impact His love has had on our lives, as we recall the miracles and the story of how He did a miracle and heart change in us that no other could possibly do. His story is constantly being told in Heaven as more and more souls that were created by the very hand of God return to Him, to find that indeed…our God is good.
The story of His walk on earth as He walked out His calling, as we know, didn’t end there….but the accomplishment of atonement for all mankind was finished, in the moment that He took His last breath. What love He has for us…what a favored people we are. We who know Him, and taste of His love. May we always honor and treasure the eternal legacy His life continues to have. Unto the day we too finish our calling, and are joined together with Him as one.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." — Luke 2:7 (NIV)