Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb by the Holy Spirit.
This is very much describes how this painting came into being.
weeks, going round in my head, were the words,'He became flesh and dwelt among us,' but no image came to mind. This is just how it is when a baby is conceived. Slowly an image begins to form and gradually unfolds into a human baby!
Jesus is called 'The Word' of God, and He existed long before the world was made, in fact nothing was made without Him.
In the background to this painting are the Hebrew Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah. I washed over them because the Word of God
was then written onto the Torah scrolls. They are now faint in the painting because the promised Messiah has come in the flesh.
the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." 1 John 1:14.
Now the Messiah is literally with us.
He said, "Behold I come in the scroll of the Book it is written of Me." Psalm 40 verse 7
The scripture is written in both Hebrew and English on the scroll, and the 'f' of the word 'flesh' kisses
the forehead of the infant Jesus as He steps out of eternity and into our world.
In the shadows formed by his hands and arms, are written the words from Isaiah's prophecy, Chapter 53 verse 5.
'He was wounded for our
transgressions and bruised for our iniquity and by His wounds we are healed.' It continues, 'All we like sheep have turned away and gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.'
His birth literally foreshadowed His death.
'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life!'