Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Our Story of Christmas - Oil Painting

Our Story of Christmas

Once upon a time…Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be taxed. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn. Angels announced his birth to shepherds, and so they went with haste to see the baby. Wise men were directed by a star to Jesus, and they brought him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This is Our Story of Christmas. It is likely the most commonly told story of Jesus from the New Testament, especially by children. As we celebrate Christmas in December, it is a long lasting tradition for many to act out the precious story of Jesus Christ’s birth. Assignments are given, costumes are found, a manger is built, songs are learned, and the story is told. When I was staging the nativity scene for my painting, I realized that historical accuracy is not usually the priority in a nativity production. At first, I worried about things like the lantern that was being used, as well as whether or not to include the wise men. But then I realized that it didn’t matter, because I wanted to portray the story that we tell. Our Story of Christmas helps us understand the significance and feel the spirit of this event. Jesus Christ was born in the most humble circumstances, but he was born to be the light of the world. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11