Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Annunciation by Arthur Hughes

A rather more traditional, though still innovative image of the annunciation, by Arthur Hughes, a Pre-Raphaelite painter.

This is one of the more ethereal depictions of Gabriel. This angel truly is an unearthly being.

Notice the contrast between mary's and Gabriel's barefeet. Mary's rest on the ground, but Gabriel's point vertically.

Though we live in this world with its mundane and coarse patterns, we can have experience of God. We read in scripture about so many who have had their lives changed when they came to know God. God entered their mundane and earth-centred lives and brought them into contact with the things of heaven.

Though we live in this world, we can have contact with heaven. We can know the blessings of an ethereal life. For it is said of the Christian in Ephesians:

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3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

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4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

We can live a life an heavenly life, a life that is lived with the knowledge of our celestial position in Christ.

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