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"Born Again"

Born Again Artwork, Hands cupped with water and a white feather, feather and monarch butterfly painting, hands cupping water painting, living water, Mindi Oaten art

  

"Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." (John 3:3)

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In the evening hours of a Jerusalem night, Jesus, the embodiment of wisdom and enlightenment, held a conversation with Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler among the Jews. Nicodemus, in his quest for understanding, approached Jesus with genuine curiosity, asking Him about the concept of rebirth. Jesus, in His divine wisdom, responded, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." (John 3:3)

As Nicodemus grappled with the literal understanding of being born again, Jesus further elucidated, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." (John 3:5-6). This profound revelation points towards the transformative power of spiritual rebirth, signifying a departure from the earthly realm to embrace a divine calling.

The painting captures the essence of this spiritual awakening. The hand, tenderly holding the living water, symbolizes the act of water baptism. This is not just a physical immersion but a spiritual one, signifying being born anew, washed, and cleansed from the transgressions of the past. Just as water purifies and rejuvenates the body, the act of baptism cleanses the soul. 

The butterfly, a symbol of transformation, represents the profound change that occurs when one is born again. It's delicate wings, bearing the weight of its journey, convey the beauty of metamorphosis, mirroring the transformation of a believer's soul when they accept the message of Christ. Floating delicately atop the water is a white feather, a symbol reminiscent of the Holy Spirit, often depicted as a dove. It serves as a poignant reminder of the Spirit's role in our spiritual rebirth.

 

 

 

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