Star of Wonder
By Jonathon Thigpen
Acrylics on canvas.
In this painting, I wanted to convey a taste of the profound wonder that is embodied in Immanuel: God with Us. It is cold, snowy, and dark to represent the empty, sin-drenched, broken world, into which the piercing, marvelous light comes forth. I chose a single, lonely shepherd to be the subject to serve as a reminder that we all were once, and sometimes even now feel like, outcasts, forgotten and alone, but that God chose to announce His coming first to lonely, unworthy, hurting people such as us. Last of all, I chose the star for the focal point because I love that it at once majestically and gently, triumphantly and quietly declared the birth of the King to His people. I overlaid the shape of the cross in the midst of the star to serve as a reminder for the purpose of why He came, yet tried not to make it too obvious so as to overshadow the beauty of the fact that He did indeed come. God has come to us. The Creator has come to repair and redeem His hurting creation. The King has come to rescue and comfort His people. Immanuel has come into our darkness, our sorrow, our suffering and loneliness, that we may be with Him in His marvelous light, His eternal joy and peace, and His presence.
“Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.” - Charles H. Spurgeon.