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"Eyes Opened"

  Eyes Opened painting, Blind Man healing painting, art of the bible, Healing the Blind Man, Mindi Oaten Art

 

"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing."  John 9: 5-7

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In the masterful strokes of "Eyes Opened," the canvas becomes a silent witness to a moment of divine intervention, where faith and miracle blend. This painting, drawn from the Gospel narrative where Jesus heals a man blind from birth, using the very essence of the earth as a prophetic act of healing.

The composition centers on the blind man, his countenance rendered with a raw honesty that is almost tangible. His features are sculpted with care, the rugged texture of his skin and the cloth across his eyes speaking to the reality of his lifelong darkness. The hands of Jesus are depicted in the midst of anointing the man's eyes with mud— an elemental mixture symbolizing the Creator's touch, a reminder that we are all but clay in the potter's hands.

As the butterfly dances near, its wings like delicate stained glass, it embodies transformation and the promise of new life. It flutters in the periphery of a miracle, a silent herald of the awakening soon to be experienced by the man who has known only darkness.

In the narrative, Jesus's command to the blind man was simple yet profound: "Go," he said, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (John 9:7). This pool, whose name means "Sent," becomes more than a body of water—it symbolizes a baptismal journey from blindness to sight, from darkness to light. The blind man's obedience to this command is his act of faith, his personal pilgrimage towards healing.


 

 

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