Every graphic tells a visual story to give the viewer a visual concept before a word is ever spoken in a specific message or series. God created us to be visual beings. All we have to do is look around and see the immense detail and colors of God’s creativity to see that He speaks to us through it, and wires us to be in awe of it.
Our theme this year for Easter is that powerful word “Hope.” It’s what the cross gave us. It’s what resonates in our hearts as we put our faith and trust in Jesus. Easter is a celebration of that Real Hope that we consistently talk about here at Salem Fields, coming to life and beckoning us to embrace it.
As we approached the project, there were a number of different ways to give visual dimensions to the concept of “Hope.” We settled on using some visual elements of Easter that brought Hope to life.
It all starts with the cross. The ancient symbol of death has become our symbol for triumph, as Jesus bore all of our sins and shed His blood so that we could have victory over death (1 Peter 2:22-24).
We had come across this cross that not only had a unique wood element to it, but even the angle facing towards the other elements added this unique reflective quality that speaks to the idea that the cross is the starting point for us. As we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus, we enter into a new life and become new creations in Christ ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). It’s the starting point of our faith and the starting point of the entire graphic.
The Hand Of God is the next element of the graphic and is adapted from Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam painting. I couldn’t think of a more fitting concept than the cross connecting these two hands together. The reality is that sin entered the world through Adam, thus disconnecting us from God, to then being reunited with Jesus through the cross and resurrection of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). The Hand of God touching our hand in this adaptation is a powerful image of our Hope that now exists through what Jesus did on the cross.
This element of the graphic has a triple meaning. The yellow sun represents coming from the darkness of Good Friday to the light of Easter Sunday. It also serves as the stone being rolled away from the empty tomb filled with the vibrancy of life and hope. We felt the array of colors was a great depiction of the joy and life found only in Jesus.
Lastly, the flowers not only serve as an element of spring that we always associate with Easter, but it is the imagery that depicts new life which we find in Jesus. Jesus takes the messes of our lives and makes something beautiful out of them as we surrender, accept and yield to Him in our lives. We wanted to the flowers to represent this new hope, this real hope, this eternal hope that is found in Jesus.
The cross gave us victory. The cross gave us hope, and we wanted this graphic to depict some of that story in a cohesive way. We wanted to bring a unique visual to the greatest moment in the history of creation, the death and resurrection of Jesus. We think we achieved a great visual and hope that it adds some great reflection for you and anyone who sees it on who Jesus is and what He has done for us all.