The woman with the issue of blood was desperate. Jesus was her only hope. In this painting, the woman in red is me as I have cancer. This bible story inspires me to place my hope in Jesus on my cancer journey. Our hope is built on God’s promises.
When Jesus spoke of this to the thief, he is referring to the same promise God gave to Abraham (Genesis 22:17-18) Not the kind of paradise that is found on earth but is found in heaven. His Words are hope for all of us sinners. Showing how merciful our God is in this specific event in the Bible is a reminder that despite our grievous sins, we only need to have a repentant heart to receive hope (believe the words of Jesus) and the promise of salvation. The good thief believed so he immediately received his reward. This is a picture of encouragement to all of us, a promise of Paradise.
A promise is always most treasured when you are down and out. When you are at your lowest, you cannot imagine happiness. That is why we need to have a mental image that gives us hope. Israel had been in exile when Jeremiah gave this promise from God. So I imagine that their mental image is the land which was promised to them in Joshua 1 – where God promises to bring them back to their homeland.
This artwork describes the new Jerusalem mentioned in the book of Revelation. The river was flowing from the throne of God and on each side of the river stood the tree of life yielding twelve different fruits every month. The city walls were decorated with twelve precious stones and with twelve gates remembering the sons of Jacob.
I created this artwork to depict God’s promise to Abraham that he would have children as many as the stars. Abraham had hope and believed God even though he was nearly 100 years old and was still childless. I drew a baby formed by stars in the sky because God kept His promise and Abraham eventually became a father of many nations. Hence, I learnt that as long as we have faith and believe in God’s promise to give us a hope and a future, it will surely happen – just like the case with Abraham.