VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Christmas has come early to Regent University with a new mural on display by artist Keith Goodson depicting the birth of Christ.
Goodson created the enormous oil on canvas masterpiece titled, "Light of the World," to inspire viewers to think anew about the 2,000-year-old event.
"If you experience a mural, you're experiencing something larger than yourself. And so you become part of the painting, if you would," he told CBN News.
A team of volunteers slowly and gently helped erect the mural in Regent's library.
Once in place, they stood and took in the painting that compels from so many different angles, starting with the Prophet Isaiah, who prophesied the birth of Christ thousands of years ago.
"He's looking into his prophetic vision and he's seeing how people of all generations, all cultures, are coming into this one moment in time where the birth is being viewed," Goodwin explained.
Goodson painted Joseph in the center of the mural. Joseph is the only biblical character depicted in the painting that looks straight at you from wherever you stand.
"He's holding his hand out with an oil lamp and he's offering it to you saying, 'Here, this is the light of the world.' And so it becomes a challenging piece," Goodson said.
Goodson named his work "Light of the World" in hopes that all will be drawn to the light.
The artist said he was inspired by the Lord to create the work, but God only revealed to him in tiny increments just what he wanted Goodson to paint.
"Light of the World" is on display at Regent University through Nov. 12. Afterwards, Goodson is planning a road tour.
*Originally posted October 28, 2011.