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Michael Mize Light of the World (John 12:..

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Light of the World (John 12:46)
15" x 19" x 2"
Religious / Christian symbolism
Mixed Media / 2-D
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Light of the World (John 12:46)

The inspiration for this painting actually came during a sermon at church. I quickly scribbled some ideas down on the back of the sermon notes and sketched out a quick thumbnail. In the initial conception of the idea the green line, which always represents Jesus, was actually going to be a light blue line. I had intended this line to be suggestive of a human, with the idea being that we are the light of the world as mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 5: 14-16. It would show a glowing line casting light on to others in an environment that was predominantly overwhelmed by darkness. As much as I still like this imagery with that verse, something didn’t feel right about the painting as I was nearing completion of it. Then I stumbled upon the verse in John as part of our daily reading journal that we, as a congregation, are collectively working through at Fellowship Bible Church. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46) I was amazed at how perfectly that verse seemed to describe the imagery I was developing. And I realized if I made the blue human line into a green Jesus line, everything made sense. The other lines are drawn towards His light as they find their way back to Him and out of the crippling darkness. As they draw closer to Him, they are bathed in His light and His love. The same is true for us, the closer we get to Jesus, the more effective we become at reflecting the light of His truth and love. And then, just as the original verse from Matthew suggests, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” This painting is 11" x 14" and is framed behind glass. It is "floating" on white foam core and in a 15" x 19" natural finished poplar wood frame