Scripture tells the story of Jesus; the King of Kings, the Son of God.
Here is an abbreviated chronology of his life, the purpose behind it, the Father’s hand in it, how He fulfilled Scripture, and our hopeful response to it.
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth”
“and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
“and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:10
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Food for thought: The 3 nails visibly protruding from the painting’s frame are a reminder of what Jesus, the King’s Son, did for us. It was his love that held Him there, not the nails.
Fun facts: The majority of the world’s masterpieces of art have been created with oil paints. Basically, oils are pigments that are bound into a “drying oil” that hardens when exposed to air. The most common oil used is linseed oil.
Prior to the 15th century, most artists used egg tempera. This was a poisonous mixture due to the lead found in it. Around 1845, zinc replaced lead. Checking the composition of the paint with either lead or zinc is one way to check the dating of the masterpiece.
Photo and artwork by: Kari Wiseman – The King’s Son