Sunday, March 13, 2011

Frederic James Shields:
The Light of the World

"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

Frederic James Shields (March 14, 1833 – February 26, 1911) was an English artist whose Christian devotion showed in much of his work.

The image above is of the Christ Child (notice the snake, an image of sin, being crushed by the child's heel). In addition to the text from the Psalms, the image can also be related to the Christ the Light, as in the text in the Gospel of John: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12.

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