The Disciple John

Room 203

As we view this panel, our attention is immediately focused on the beautiful “Tree of Life”.  The artist has drawn his inspiration from the book of Revelation to show us the vision of John.  The “Tree of Life” represents eternal life with God which is now a gift to us because of the Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil.  Notice that the tree grows out of the river beneath it.  The river contains the “Water of Life” which is God’s Word.  On the roots of the tree are the letters “alpha and omega” which are the beginning and the ending letters of the Greek alphabet.  John uses this symbolism in Revelation 21:6 to depict Christ as the root or source of life.  He is the beginning and the end.  Within the branches of the tree John saw twelve pieces of fruit.  The twelve pieces remind us that the gift of salvation is offered to all people who believe that Jesus is their Savior and Lord.

Below the tree there are rocks along the bank of the river recalling John’s former profession as a fisherman. Also inscribed on the larger rocks are the places he ministered to, namely, Ephesus and Asian Minor.

The eagle in the upper right corner is the symbol of John.  It was thought that the eagle could look directly into the sun without being blinded. That same analogy applied to John.  It was thought that he too could gaze into the eternal mysteries of God as demonstrated in his writing of the Book of Revelation.

The message of John is best summarized on the blue scroll on the right side of the panel.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave is his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.  The letters LOVE stand out in brilliant red in order to center the importance of God’s initiative to love us in spite of our in rebellion against Him. The color red represents the great cost of Christ’s own blood to redeem us and restore our relationship with God. The red cross and the red heart emphasis this message.

The message of a God’s love continues to impact the lives of people today as it did in the time of John.

In memory of Emma Sieving

Donated by Clara L. Sieving and Esther Gotsch

Last Published: February 19, 2016 11:47 AM
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