Revelation (resurrection) Leonard Aitken – Artist.
Revelation (resurrection) is a painting of titanic proportions.
A revelation is a surprising fact which is disclosed to someone, which often has a noteworthy effect on the person’s life. In the case of a revelation from God, the ultimate revelation is when God reveals himself to someone that turns a person from spiritual ignorance to realising the depth of God’s influence on his life and destiny. It is this ‘initial’ revelation which is very much like a resurrection – largely because is is linked to the resurrection of Christ Himself and leads to the resurrection (or being ‘born again’) of the individual, through Christ’s resurrection.
The painting ‘Revelation (resurrection)’ describes this relationship between an individual’s revelation of God’s place in the world (and our lives), and the actual resurrection of Christ.
Christ’s resurrection opened the door to a re-union of humankind with God once and for all.
When a person realises the place of God in their lives and submits to his infinite love and wisdom, they are immediately “born again”. This is a resurrection on a personal basis for all believers. The believer has attained ‘eternal life’.
The painting is painted loosely with an aim to emphasise the drama of such a moment. Such a momentous revelation is shown to be like emerging from quicksand and gasping at the clean air of salvation. It is the salvation of the believer which leads to their resurrection into the new ‘heavenly life’ of communion with God.
It is this revelation which leads to Heaven.
Yet there is pain in this revelation. This new life is not without its sacrifices and there are always times and places when we can be sucked back into the quicksand through laziness or personal, spiritual neglect. A resurrection born of such a revelation is one which needs to be nurtured through diligence, patience, love and steadfastness. Communication with God is the key – and without the resurrection of Christ, this communication is impossible – for He (Christ) is always ready to intercede with God on all our needs.
The painting is a rendition of that great storm that accompanies such a grand revelation as the one described. It is the storm before the calm and peace of eternity.