"The Garden"

Eugene Kim
Apr 01, 2018

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life… on each side of the river stood the tree of life... and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Revelation 22:1-2

 

Shin Maeng - "I See the New Garden" 2018

In his unique urban style, Maeng utilizes iconographic and narrative imagery to depict the “already, but not yet” nature of God’s Kingdom. A diverse multitude looks on from a broken world with hope and anticipation of the new Jerusalem (Revelations 21:1-4) as they behold the transformation of the cross into the new Tree of Life, out of which springs a new garden where life and joy grow abundantly. Leaves of ivy symbolize the ever-growing reach of God’s healing love and peace.

The story of redemption unfolds from left to right, moving us toward the bright hope of a restored Eden. As the scarred hands of Jesus extend toward the now-empty cross and tomb, we are invited into the garden to partake of this new life.

This final piece in our 2018 Lenten art reflection series invites us to consider how Christ's sacrifice on the cross defeated death and reconciled us to God, so that we may enjoy new life in Him.