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  Artwork: Pearl of great price
  Artist: BONNELL, Daniel
  Technique: Painting
  Location: Private Collection
  Notes: Images on Christ Project. Matthew 13:44. Artist's comment: "Have you and I discovered the kingdom of heaven? Would you sell all that you own to obtain it? Do you know it that well to sell out to it? We get a clue of how to obtain the keys to the kingdom of heaven in Luke 6:20 where Jesus tells us, “Blessed (happy) are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” Christ is speaking of being poor in spirit, taking on a brokeness that can only be known by coming to terms with the cross and our sin. The cross is the doorway to the kindom of heaven. We are to take up our cross and follow him to walk with him, to truly know this truer dimension of life. In the painting Discovering the Pearl of Great Price all of nature (the sun) bends toward the pilgrim as if all of creation and the creator finally make sense in this life. It is a moment of spiritual awakening that is found when we finally connect with our true Father, not our earthly Father but our Heavenly Father. The Merchant holds the pearl to his breast in graditude, worship and joy. The key to his discovery lies in the shadow of the shovel."
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  Subject: The Pearl of Great Value

  Hosts: Daniel Bonnell, American painter  [IMAGE]