Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PCPC History Notes: The Light of the World

The Light of the World

About The Light of the World

The painting by Holman Hunt, was done in 1851. Called “The Light of the World”, Hunt painted a replica of the original and toured the world with it from 1900 to 1907. The original painting now hangs in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The scripture is from Revelation 3:20: 

 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and  opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him and he with Me.

·    The painting we see every Sunday in the Sanctuary at Palma Ceia is of Christ standing outside the door of the human soul. The door is barred, bound by creeping vines of ivy, showing that it has never been opened. Jesus’ right hand is knocking on the door; His left hand carries a lantern of brilliant light. He approaches the door at right in His everlasting positions of Prophet, Priest and King. Wearing the robe representing the priestly investiture; his rayed crown of gold is interwoven with the crown of thorns, but bears soft leaves for the ‘healing of the nations.’ Christ carries with Him a twofold light: the light of conscience which displays past sins, and afterwards the light of peace, the hope of salvation.”

Originally installed in the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Sanctuary in 1950, the painting was a contribution of the Joseph A O’Berry family. Reverend Kadel chose the piece as the focal point of the sanctuary, saying he thought that if a member of the congregation wasn’t interested in his sermon, they could still get a meaningful message when looking at the picture!

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