Luke Allsbrook
"Nativity" 86 x 104 inches, oil on canvas, 2016

Text carved on the frame:

"The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born…and
there was war in heaven…The great dragon was hurled down- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world
astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say...”The accuser of our brothers, who
accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…” -Revelation 12  
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city
of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a
manger.”  -Luke 2

Text within the painting:

From scripture:
"Unto us a child is born, Unto us a son is given: and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. The Light shines in the darkness, but the
darkness has not understood It.

From Christmas carols:
"He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found." -from "Joy to the World"
"Veiled in flesh the godhead see." - from "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
"Now ye hear of endliss bliss, Jesus Christ was born for this.
Now ye need not fear the grave, Jesus Christ was born to save." -from
"Good Christian Men Rejoice"
Currently On Exhibition at the The Duke Divinity School Library
This painting is a traveling exhibit. If you are interested in exhibiting "Nativity",
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Details images of the painting:
“Nativity” is based on Revelation 12, which pictures The Birth of
Jesus in the midst of a great heavenly battle. C. S. Lewis said, “The
Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle…that
what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came
into nature, into human nature, descending into His own universe…”
In the painting, the birth of Christ is seen as a supernatural invasion.
God has broken into our world and the citizenry of heaven,
representing beautiful aspects of life God has created, are driving
Satan, and his followers, into the darkness. Among these are
represented aspects of evil:  distorted love, cold bureaucracy,
delight of suffering, and self-righteous religion.  The angels do not
defeat the demons by force of arms, but by the good news they
bring- that Jesus has been born into the world to redeem people by
His own powerful sacrifice. A great cross, in the very center of the
painting, leaning over the lamb, foreshadows the crucifixion that
Jesus will endure.
"Nativity" in progress and stable model:
Drawings and Studies"
I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Hannibal Silver
to whom I am indebted for the original idea for the painting,
from his excellent lecture series on the Book of Revelation
at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.