size: 13.50″ l. x 14″ w. x 32″ h.
In her third sculpture of “The Redemption Series,” Delesprie chose for her subject an interpretive depiction of the End Times, done from a privileged perspective. Just under 30 inches in height, the immediate focal point is Jesus as He descends from Heaven, caught in a whirlwind similar to that of Elijah (2 Samuel 2:11). Jesus bears the marks of His death on the cross, but He is no longer the suffering servant. Instead we behold the Conquering Hero, ultimate victor over sin, death, and Hades.
Jesus, with arms outstretched in an invitational pose and a face radiating anticipation, is fully clad in His rainment glory. This seemingly transparent clothing explains why one observes a robe sleeve on one arm, but not the other. On Jesus’ robe and thigh are the words, “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” lest anyone doubt His true identity.
Lying at the base of the sculpture is a large, opened scroll, which the apostle John describes in his book, Revelation. The seven seals that had kept the contents of the scroll from being read are now scattered throughout the sculpture. Depicted by the letters O, J, Y, S, M, A, and G, all hidden in plain sight, each “seal” begins one of the many names of Christ Jesus.
Seven ram’s horn trumpets (or shofars) encircle the base and whirlwind, as do seven angels, which appear to be transmuting into the deep recesses of the vortex itself, representing mystery. Some angels hold a lily of varying size. Purity has long been associated with the lily. The Heavenly host God assigned to accomplish His purposes during this time of great tribulation, as are seen clustered around the base.
Peering into the center of the whirlwind (the hole representing mystery) reveals faces sculpted along the outer edges, a small representation of Jesus’ followers from every tribe, nation, and peoples throughout the ages. Possible identities could be Old Testament patriarchs, those who walked alongside Jesus during His years of ministry, witnesses at the cross, and even 21st century believers.