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  Peace Be Still

  Stephen Gjertson art print: Peace, Be Still

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Title:Peace, Be Still
Artist:Stephen Gjertson
Series:Single Release
Year of Issue:1998

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be still.' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

-- Mark 4:39

"The five versions of this painting portray the authority of Christ over His creation. Psalm 107:23-32, foreshadowing the event related in the Gospel of Mark, tells of a similar incident where Yahweh raises up a stormy wind then calms it when men cry out to Him for deliverance. Verse 29 says that 'He caused the storm to be still so that the waves of the sea were hushed.' The Lord of creation, by Whom and for Whom all things were made, and by Whom all things hold together controls, with infinite care, the natural elements of His creation. By His word they were created; by His word they are controlled.

Within my limitations, I endeavored to authentically clothe the disciples and put them in an historically accurate vessel. John, my favorite disciple, who is often missed, lies prostrate below the Lord, grasping His garment in mute worship. The others stand, sit, or kneel in awe, marveling at the extent of their Master's authority.

The Sun, piercing through the clouds, represents the Father Who, as John says, is Light (I John 1:5). The birds in the upper right represent the Holy Spirit. In John's first epistle, God is revealed to be Light, Love, and Life; and I desired to show God in that context. The Father as Light: Jesus, the Son as Love (having delivered the disciples from the fear of death by rebuking the Devil, who wields the power of death, Hebrews 2:14-15); and the Holy Spirit (again brooding over the face of the waters) as Life, for it is the Spirit Who gives life (II Corinthians 3:6).

Jesus is clothed in blue with a mantle of red. Blue signifies truth and constancy, for Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) and will never leave nor forsake the believer (Hebrews 13:5). Red, the color of love and suffering, perfectly symbolizes the Savior, Who rebukes the storm with His arms outstretched in a gesture that foreshadows His crucifixion.

We see in this event a glorious glimpse of God's redemptive plan. The Eternal Father, breaking through the dark clouds of our sinful, tempest-tossed world, sends forth His Son to deliver those who cry out to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit."

-- Stephen Gjertson

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"And He arose, and rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be still.' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

-- Mark 4:39

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