“Christ is the icon of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Col 1:15)
An icon is literally an image (Gr. eikon), nothing more or less than that. The worth of an image depends entirely upon who or what is being depicted. Thus Jesus Christ, being an image (icon) of the Father – the invisible God, is worshiped as the firstborn over all creation. This site is devoted to images worthy of more than a cursory glance. This site is devoted to images which portray eternity.
The icons explored here don’t portray eternity because of human design, but rather of Divine action. The icons themselves are natural, human, outward acts of devotion. The gift of art is one given to humans and is worthy of being devoted to God.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name (Psalm 102:1)
“All that is within me” refers to all of our gifts and capabilities, including art. And so humans have always shown devotion to those they love through depicting them in art. And the depiction of the “invisible God” is not impossible now that God took on human flesh and was incarnate as the man Jesus Christ.
Whatever we give to God is only what He has given to us first – whether it is a burnt offering, a word of praise, or even time. Yet even so God will bless us for giving to Him what is already His. He will reward burnt offerings with a cornucopia, a word of praise with inspiration, and time with eternity. Therefore it is no surprise that those who have been compelled by love to show devotion to God in art are rewarded with images that inspire both the observer and the artist.
And so Holy Icons are acts of worship which depict eternity. They are reflections of the eternal glory of Heaven, literally frozen in time. And in time they are accessible to us.
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