The hand in the artwork represents our Father in Heaven, who protects us – as represented by the globe. The colours dripping away from the hand represents the evil things of this world.
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.
My artwork is about ‘Eternity’. A place to go after my death brings me hope because our earthly life is perishable. However, accepting Jesus into my life brings hope and His Word in John 14:2 (NIV) gives me the assurance I need: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
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.