Have you seen? We recently installed a series of original Rachel Rardon paintings in our fellowship hall. Our artwork series titled “In Christ” depicts twelve images of Jesus, pre-incarnate and incarnate. Six images remind us of six Old Testament events and six are from the New Testament.
As you view these paintings, consider how everything that was created by God the Father was made through Jesus (John 1). We, likewise, were made in the image of God (Genesis 1). Jesus as the image of God restores mankind by redeeming the world with his holy, precious blood (Colossians 1; 1 Peter 1). The Holy Spirit sanctifies us in this word and truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17).
One of the great mysteries revealed in Scripture is how God proved faithful to redeem and remain with his people. God’s great goal from Genesis to Revelation is to live in peace with man. It ought not be a surprise, except joyfully, that the second person of the trinity would serve in the godhead even before he was conceived, then born in Bethlehem. Most scholars, including our own Lutheran theologians, believe Jesus as the divine Messenger of Yahweh repeatedly appears and serves God’s people throughout the Old Testament. Therefore, we share with you six images from both the Old and New Testaments.
As you stand in the center of our fellowship hall images of God’s promises and presence in Christ surround you. Likewise, all who have been baptized live in Christ (Romans 5-8). Genesis 9 and Revelation 4 capture this colorful drama that belongs to us by grace through faith, a brilliant reality and holy rainbow of color in Christ.
Please enjoy our new gallery online here as well!