The Artist Delesprie combines Biblical prophecy with the fulfillment that took place the day Jesus Christ was crucified. In her artistry, the relevance of this moment for life today is made visual in a way still unusual.
This statue visually represents each dimension of the Trinity present at a moment relevant to all humanity: i.e. through symbolizing the power for life now in the interwoven Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and Father God.
In addition to iconically depicting a Trinity that is present, also visualized is Jesus on the cross as He is being raised to a vertical position; hands of unseen Roman soldiers grasp the rope that pull the cross upright; Jesus’ eyes are fixed upward, a silent prayer on His lips begging His Heavenly Father to forgive those murdering Him. As C.S Lewis so well illustrated, Jesus was the unblemished sacrifice, and without His shed blood, there would be missing reconciliation between mankind and Holy God.
We live in a world of tension between the good intended by God at the moment of creation and the evil created by man’s departure from His apparently simple commandment. We are called to be more like Christ yet live in a world far from that calling. Satan is depicted in the form of a serpent wound around the base of the cross. The nails in Jesus’ hands and feet are prophesied in Psalm 22:16, “They have pierced my hands and feet.” Even the piercing of Jesus’ side was prophesied hundreds of years before His death in Zechariah 12:10, “They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son”.
By – Terence Harwick