35. Christ Reigns in Glory

Rudolph Bostic (1944- )
Enamel house paint on cardboard
17 x 38

Historically, an oval form or mandorla filled with a grouping of angels surrounds the Christ who sits in
judgment or reigns in Glory. Bostic uses this mandorla to focus our attention on the central figure of
Christ sitting on the throne in Glory. Light emanates from Christ’s head as he holds the Book of Life in
his left hand and reaches out with his right to welcome us into his kingdom. The brilliant colors and
overall pattern give a festive and celebratory presence to this interpretation of the coming kingdom.

Revelation 21: 1-7
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and
there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from
God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people,
and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed
away." 5He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this
down, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the
Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the
spring of the water of life. 7He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be
my son.

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