My painting titled “Three Clouds” is an attempt towards a combined artistic/meteorological depiction of three events in Jesus’ life.

What is called the transfiguration of Jesus Christ occurred when he was standing on a high mountain with three of his disciples Peter, James and John (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28-36). A bright cloud suddenly overshadowed them, and a voice was heard from within the cloud that said: “This is my son, my beloved, on whom my favour rests, listen to him.” The disciples were terrified when they entered the cloud, such was the glory of its presence. This cloud is drawn in the left portion of the painting as a typical cumulonimbus or thundercloud as it is commonly known. It is shown as a tall dark column of cloud with its usual anvil at the top and its base almost touching the ground. The cloud surrounds the three figures representing the three disciples. There is reason to believe that it was a cumulonimbus cloud as God’s voice thundered through it and Jesus’ face was shining and his clothes dazzling white like a flash of lightning.

Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus stood before his eleven disciples and said, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). While he was blessing them, he was lifted up into heaven (Luke 24:51) and a cloud removed him from their sight (Acts 1:1-9). The middle part of the painting shows eleven figures symbolizing the disciples who had assembled there, the twelfth disciple Judas having ended his life after betraying Jesus. The sky is predominantly clear blue but there are thin horizontal sheets of white stratus clouds above the ground. These are semi-transparent clouds similar to fog and they would have hidden Jesus from the disciples’ view as he went up.

Jesus had once told his disciples that the Son of Man will return on the clouds of heaven with great power and glory (Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:26). Even in the course of his trial prior to his death, Jesus had claimed before the high priest that the Son of Man would be seen seated at the right hand of God and coming on the clouds of heaven (Matthew 26:64, Mark 14:62). In Revelation 1:7, John had said, “Behold, he is coming with the clouds and every eye shall see him.” Surely these clouds will be very different from we commonly see today, and they will reveal the glory of God in heavenly spectacles of awe and splendor. The right side of the painting attempts to capture the scene that will be visible to all humanity.

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