Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matt 6:33. (King James Version)
In our imagination these words are coming from the lips of Jesus as he gives the Sermon on the Mount. The multitude before him listen attentively to hear every word. His hands express the urgency of his message and his eyes are filled with deep concern.
Could it be he is speaking to us in a call to worship? On looking more closely we see that this is the risen Christ. The halo around his head and the nail print on his ankle tell of his spiritual nature.
This painting expresses our belief that the life and spirit of Christ was not confined to Galilee. He is known to the men and women of history and to the people of every nation. The two globes at his feet remind us that he came to proclaim the love of God, who is the Father of all people.
His face is strong and his eyes are kind and understanding. His suffering and death lead us to see a quality we need. In his deeply lined face, not dimmed of eye or broken in spirit, there is confidence and faith.
The hands in this painting so characterize Christ as to create a mood that leads the viewer to feel a close identification with him.
This painting is more than thirty feet in height, and its infinite detail in the fabric of the cloth, the flowing folds of the robe, and the balance of shadow and light all contribute to harmony and symmetry in this magnificent figure of Christ.