Our goal with the artwork in the auditorium of RADIUS Church – Lexington was to tell the story of God through paintings. Much like the ancient church used stained glass windows to remind viewers of God’s redemptive plan, our hope is that these paintings will allow you to engage the stories found in Scripture in a new way.
Designed and painted by RADIUS Partner, Jarid Brown, these paintings each tell a story that is key to the meta-narrative of Scripture. As you view them, our hope and prayer is that you will allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of the truths of these stories and the depth of God’s love for you.
Each piece was hand-painted on-site over a period of 5 months. As you’ll note from the titles, each piece titled with a 1 has a counterpart. It was our hope that even in the titles, viewers would be able to see how the stories found early in the narrative of the Scriptures have a mirror later in the story.
We hope you enjoy viewing these pieces. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us here.
Genesis 1:1-31; John 1:1-5
In the beginning, God created everything.
All God created was good and perfect. The Author of Life painted a landscape full of life and beauty, but the crown of his creation was humanity. Man and woman were created different, for they bore God’s image. They lived in perfect relationship with their Creator. And one day, when the Author’s narrative of redemption is finished, they will enjoy perfect relationship again.
Abraham had faith and obeyed God.
Abraham’s obedience to God’s command made him dependent upon God’s provision and blessing. His son, Isaac, witnessed his faith and the lineage of Abraham was blessed. Just as God provided the ram to Abraham on Mt. Moriah, God promised that he would again provide a perfect sacrifice to redeem all of humanity. This sacrifice would come from Abraham’s line at the perfect time.
My Cup 1
Joseph followed God even when it was difficult.
Joseph was sold into slavery, falsely accused and forgotten in a jail cell. But what man had intended for evil, God had intended for good. God used Joseph’s obedience and a severe famine to bring the family of Jacob to Egypt to build the nation of Israel. Israel would become God’s priests who would point the rest of the world to Him. Ultimately, the Great High Priest would come from Israel – Jesus.
God used Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of captivity.
God heard the cries of his people and sent a deliverer, Moses, who led Israel from Egypt to the promised land. Later, God would again send a Deliverer, Jesus, who would lead His people to a new, eternal, Promised Land. God’s promises are always fulfilled. They are never early and never late. They are always perfect.
1 Kings 18:16-19:18
Elijah witnessed God send unexplainable fire from Heaven.
Elijah called fire from heaven to show God’s might against the false prophets of Baal. But even after an amazing display of God’s power and presence, Elijah still struggled with his own weakness and doubt. God desired to be with Elijah – even in his pain and doubt – just as He desires to be with us. One day God would send another unexplainable fire – the Holy Spirit – Who would be our Comforter. One day, God Himself would live within His people.
Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 2:1-7; John 1:1-5
Before Creation, Jesus was. Now into the creation, Jesus comes.
Our rebellion against God’s created order wrecked perfection, so God entered our world to restore all that was broken. Jesus, the promised son of Abraham and David, was born in Bethlehem. God Himself laid down His power and became a child. In that moment, Man and Woman were given the opportunity to be born again with a new life breathed by the Spirit of God. The Author made Himself the Hero of the Story.
Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10;
Luke 19:29-44; John 12-12-15
Jesus’ first entrance was as a humble servant on a donkey.
Amidst only a little fanfare, the great, eternal and perfect King came to us as a servant. He left Heaven and His throne to live a sinless life and died a sinner’s death on the cross, providing the perfect sacrifice for our sin. Just as God promised Abraham, Jesus’ first coming would be a blessing to all nations and peoples. By conquering death, He provided a path back to peace with God.
My Cup 2
Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46
Jesus obeyed God even when it hurt more than His body could bear.
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus pleaded with God to “let this cup pass”. God used Jesus’ obedience to buy back His children and to redeem a royal priesthood points the world back to Himself. Our Great High Priest who goes to God on our behalf, and we follow him by doing the same for our friends and neighbors when we pray.
Father / Son 2
Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-37
Jesus was God and obeyed God.
Jesus’ obedience was God’s provision to cover our sin. Jesus died on the cross as the eternal payment for our sin. His sacrifice is the ultimate act of love by the Hero of God’s Narrative. In that single act of obedience, Jesus purchased eternal peace with God for those who would follow Him.
Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9
God used Jesus to lead His people out of captivity to sin and death.
The Deliverer brought a foretaste of hope into the sinful, broken chaos. Jesus promised that although his followers would know suffering on this side of the grave, they would be delivered from death and Hell and into an eternal Kingdom filled with His glory.
The disciples witnessed God send the Holy Spirit from Heaven.
On the day of Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples had gathered in fear and confusion to pray. The Holy Spirit came upon them “as tongues of fire” and gave them the ability to speak in new languages, and they proclaimed with great boldness that Jesus was the promised Messiah. God’s plan to buy back all of creation would continue on through His people for He had filled them with His Holy Spirit. God would now live within His followers.
Jesus’ return will be as a conquering King on a white horse.
In a powerful and jubilant coronation ceremony, Jesus will return to Earth and usher in a New Kingdom. Pain, tears and even Death will be swallowed up. All will be made right and new – just as it was in the beginning. He will rule with justice and righteousness, and all who are His children will enter into eternal peace.