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"Seated at the Right Hand"

Seated at the Right Hand painting, Jesus holding iron sceptre with a rose on top, Mindi Oaten Art, Jesus collection, monarch butterfly

 

"The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." (Hebrews 1:3)

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This painting powerfully symbolizes the ascension and glorification of Jesus Christ, drawing from biblical scriptures and Christian theology to create a rich tapestry of symbolism. The image depicts Jesus, ascended to heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, embodying the fulfillment of Psalm 110:1, “The LORD said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’”

In the depiction, Jesus firmly grasps an iron sceptre, an emblem of divine authority and governance, as stated in Psalm 2:9, “You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” The artist takes a symbolic liberty by adorning the sceptre with a rose at the top, representing the Rose of Sharon, a title ascribed to Jesus in Song of Solomon 2:1, “I am the rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” This floral symbol harmonizes with the themes of creation and life found in the Genesis narrative.

The presence of the Monarch butterfly perched on the sceptre adds a layer of meaning, representing Jesus’ sovereignty as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  It also symbolizes His transformative power and victory over death, a triumph articulated in 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?... But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The artist's work encapsulates both the gentleness and might of Jesus' character—the beauty and fragrance of His presence as a faithful husband to His bride, and the unwavering strength as ruler and divine judge. The contrasts within the painting remind believers of the duality of Jesus' nature: He is both the sacrificial Lamb and the reigning Sovereign, an integral part of God's divine plan as evidenced throughout the scriptures.

  

 

 

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