THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
Liz Cox | $325.00
Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas, 24"x36"
The inspiration for this painting comes from Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Chapter 3, verses 14-21 where he prays that the church would be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit and that Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith; that they would be rooted and grounded in love, have power to comprehend the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God.
I have used part of an architectural blueprint of the Washington National Cathedral as a representation of “the Church”. The foundation of the Church, the Body of Christ, is Jesus and He established it here on earth. Throughout the history of the Church, there have been very dark and evil times controlled by the sin nature of people rather than the leadership of the Holy Spirit. At times this evil has threatened to destroy the Church, which is represented on the upper left side of the painting where one of the cathedral towers has been blown off and debris has discolored the beauty of the structure.
Even in all the ugliness and sin of the Church, scripture tells us that the Church is the Bride of Christ. Ephesians 5:25-27 says “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”
The veiled tower symbolizes the splendor of Christ’s bride and is the transition point in the painting’s composition, to a Church without spot or wrinkle at His return. There is also a thin gold ring around this veiled tower, another symbol of marriage. To the right of the veiled tower, I placed the ancient symbol for Christ, the Alpha and Omega. In the book of Revelation, Jesus says of himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (1:8) And “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (22:13) I have included 7 small pearls in the upper right side of the painting to represent the seven churches that Jesus spoke to in Revelation. Revelation 21:9 says, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” What a glorious day that will be when Jesus returns for his Bride!
“Surely I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:20