Before the empty tomb of Christ, women are slow to understand the words of the angels: “Do not seek the living among the dead, he is risen”
God the Father sees his beloved Son suffering and dying for the sin of the world. A terrible fight in him. But he cannot let the darkness win.
The Numbering at Bethlehem by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is inspired by the Gospel of Luke (2.1-5) with the numbering ordered by Caesar Augustus and by the oppressive situation in the Netherlands by the king Philipp II of Spain.