Powerful Christmas Artwork – 2 Corinthians 5:19

The importance of the story of Christmas cannot be understated. The symbolism and meaning of God’s greatest gift can be seen from many angles. One way is to think of Jesus’ birth as a reconciliation between God and His people.

Reconciliation of Christmas
Virgin Mary and Eve

Here we see Eve, wife of Adam, with her head down and a bitten fruit still in her hand. She reaches out to reverently touch the belly of a pregnant Mary, soon-to-be-mother of Jesus. Mary touches Eve’s face to comfort her at the same time that her bare foot crushes the head of the lowly serpent.

2 Corinthians 5:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

This artwork is probably inspired by an old tradition to see Mary and Eve as being opposites in certain ways. Eve and Adam’s fall from grace, their culpability to sin and doubt, their disobedience… these traits are the polar opposite of Mary’s humility and obedience. For these reasons, she was chosen to bear witness to salvation coming into the world through the birth of her son. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, all are redeemed of their sins.

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