In my current series of devotions, I’m discussing the symbolism found in the illustrations of my Christian children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. The beautiful images found in the book were created by artist Terri Melia Hamlin. Terri’s artwork masterfully tells the story’s narrative in a way that is appropriate for children, while, at the same time, shares deeper spiritual truths with the adult reader. The book is meant to encourage dialogue between the two concerning the significance of Jesus’ life and death.
Today’s illustration shows Joseph assisting Jesus with a project. Jesus has fashioned two boards in the form of a cross. Because he is so little, and the hammer is heavy, Joseph must pound the nails into place. The image is meant to remind us of Jesus’ complete innocence and how each of us, like Joseph, plays a part in the crucifixion of Jesus.
Notice once again, Joseph’s workshop window, where we see storm clouds. The clouds are meant to symbolize the darkness of the events of the crucifixion.
The good news, again, is that Jesus lived and died for us. And, although it was our sin that placed Jesus upon the cross, he died there to remove it from us. Moreover, his Resurrection three short days later gives us newness of life. We are forgiven, and we are free! Praise God!