John 1:1-5 Illuminated by Makoto Fujimura

In the Beginning

In the Beginning by Makoto Fujimura

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

I was reading from the Four Holy Gospels this morning and was utterly captivated by this painting. I can’t think of a work of art that more beautifully suggests the pre-creation void and the theology of Christ being the physical manifestation of God through which creation was made. When I look at this painting I feel like I am looking into the depths of a void swirling with the raw matter of the universe, waiting to be solidified by the Word of God. Even in that formless void there is beauty, light, glory, and the promise of blood to be spent for our salvation.

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Filed under Art, Art Meditation, Faith, Illumination, Painting

One response to “John 1:1-5 Illuminated by Makoto Fujimura

  1. Beautiful … the black backdrop especially draws the viewer into the mystery, doesn’t it? From my own experience, though, I have always thought the beginning would be full of light — how does one create that?

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