On Easter Weekend 2015, 23 volunteer artists from Ex Creatis drew over 1200 portraits for individuals at Saddleback Church services. Three images were chosen and printed from artists who submitted works representing new plants in spring. These floral images stood as symbol of burying our old life to have our new life “raised in glory.” (1 Cor. 15:43)
This symbol became intimate and personal when people had the chance to have their own eyes were drawn in to the image outside after the service. They got to take this piece of artwork home with them as a new symbol of how they have been risen with Christ and live a vibrant new life with him now and into eternity.
The Apostle Paul tells us that within our own gardens we can find a beautiful illustration of what resurrection looks like. He says,
You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant… The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious… The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality! 1 Corinthians 15:36-38, 43-44 (MSG)
Jesus Christ died with us and died for us. He then rises out of death and offers to pull us out of death and into a vibrant new life with him. This new life is parallel to what we see happen every spring when lifeless plants come back into full color and bloom.
Floral Art Prints by: Jori Johnson, Gregory Ortega, & Megan Sauder
Live Drawings by Artists of SVA:
Jane Wood, Lesley Grainger, Lisa Yellot, Dan Kinser, Denny Limmer, Julie Artemov, Katherine Takaoka, Katie Melrose, Elmira Izadpanah, Frank Howa, Jacob Romeo Lecuyer, Judi Westing, Brian Giboney, Kara Piller, Shadi Zarrin, Jason Leith, Tiffany Miller, Amy Treadway, Shand Coetzee, Ben Risbeck, Austin Ranson, Gina Davidson, Hugh Schone,
Photos By: Karen Shattler, Megan Sauder,
Filmed By: Torry Norling, Dan Long, Dennis Limmer, Jeremy Finlay
To be a community that disciples, equips, and sends-out artists that better understand their calling, influence, and impact. This transformational creative community makes the Bride of Christ more beautiful and gives the world a better understanding and view of God.