Christmas Through the Eyes of an Artist:
Advent is a season observed by many Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus. The term “advent” is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming" or “the arrival of a notable person or event.”
Star of Promise
Oil on Canvas; 12 x 8 inches; artist Cobus Kruger.
The colours of the rainbow, bright light piercing the darkness in hope. A hope beyond doubt is the inspiration for this painting. From Genesis to Revelation, God uses stars as physical reminders and signs of His promises.
Promises to meditate on:
And he [God] brought him [Abraham] outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." (Gen 15:5 ESV)
Number the stars – Promise of offspring
Our Father in heaven promises Abraham, Isaac and Israel that He will multiply their offspring as the stars in heaven (Ex. 32:13). Sarah laughed, because of the slim hope of offspring, but God stayed true to His promise. God blessed the offspring of Abraham to be a blessing to the nations. Take a few steps outside and look up... What are the things God put on your heat that He wants to remind you of?
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands...Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:8a,10, ESV) Let our Father love you…love you to an extent of overflow to the nations.
Star of promise – Abraham
The LORD’s promise to Abraham in being a blessing to the nations foreshadows the star of the promise of the Anointed One.
Star of promise – Wise men
The wise men saw a star. The wise men ended up correlating the appearance of a star with the dates in the 500 year old prophecy by Daniel. The specific prophecy of Daniel foretells an anointed one (the Messiah), a prince (Dan 9:24-25). Jesus Christ (Messiah) son of David, the son of Abraham (Matt 1:1). The Prince of Peace, the blessing to the nations. Do you remember the hope and joy of realising the biblical prophecies are true? May the stars remind you!
Star of promise – Torah
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. (Numbers 24:17, ESV)
The bright morning star
"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Rev 22:16-17 ESV)
In the light of bright morning star, Jesus, take a few minutes and be reminded of the One who truly loves you.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”
(Hymn written by Helen Howarth Lemmel).