Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Virgin Holding Baby Jesus Chrismon

Mary is pictured: seated on a throne that is carved like a church, on her lap is the baby Jesus, on her head is a crown of honor for her sacrifices, she is handing to Jesus a piece of fruit that is symbolic for the tree of knowledge. This symbolism refers to the task that Jesus must accomplish: to replace Adam, Romans 5: 12-21.
The Scripture Reference for the Christian Chrismon Above:
  • "Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:12-21 (ESV)
More Scriptural Resources for Crown Images in Chrismons:

A Crown, in Christian art, is the symbol of sovereignty, victory, and of the glory of martyrdom. It is assigned in five instances. The scripture that you teach and/or include along with that Chrismon is dictated by it's visual or traditional representation:
  1. It is given to Deity, to Jesus who is the only one who has paid the blood sacrifice for the sin of mankind and who is also the second person of The Holy Trinity. "God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus." Romans 3:26 (NIV)
  2. Traditionally the Catholic church has also assigned a crown to Mary because she bore Jesus into the world against the enemies of the air and she was also was one of the first woman to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. She is ranked high with the 12 apostles. "She gave birth to a son who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne." Revelation 12:5 and "When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers." Acts 1:13-14 (NIV)
  3. As the symbol of victory and the glory of martyrdom, it is given to saints and martyrs that have been canonized by Christian Orthodox Churches.
  4. Crowns are also assigned to all people who believe on the basis of their faith as described in Revelations, this being the traditional perspective held by Protestant Christendom. These people toss their crowns at the feet of King Jesus in the end times. "the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4: 10-11 (gotquestions.org)
  5. And lastly, crown symbols are assigned to ruling monarchs on Earth.

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