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"Reflecting Him"

"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18

"to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24

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This painting captures a deeply symbolic and spiritual concept, merging traditional Christian iconography with elements that invoke reflection, transformation, and presence. In the image, we see the surface of wine inside a freshly pressed wine barrel. Gazing into the barrel, the reflection of Jesus is prominent, serene, and contemplative, with a butterfly, symbolizing transformation.

The concept of reflection is pivotal here. It asks the viewer to consider how closely they mirror the image and character of Jesus in their own lives. The idea is that, as humans created in the image of God, there is an aim to reflect the virtues and character of Christ—compassion, love, humility, and sacrifice—in daily actions and interactions.

Adding to the layers of meaning is the red wine itself, which is often seen as a symbol of the new covenant between God and humanity, represented by Jesus's sacrifice. The "new wine" is associated with spiritual renewal and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, suggesting revival and transformation. The painting is an invitation to embrace this outpouring, to allow oneself to be filled and transformed by His presence.

The transformative nature of wine, which shifts from grape to a rich beverage over time, can also be seen as a metaphor for the transformation in our lives, when we reflect Christ's love and teachings. This process is continuous and requires patience and crushing, much like the aging of fine wine.  Lastly, the wine's hue brings to mind the blood of Christ, shed for the redemption of all. This element of the painting serves as a reminder of sacrifice, communion, and the profound spiritual connection between God and his love for us.  The question than is, do you reflect Him? 

 

 

 

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