Friday, June 9, 2017

Grape Patterns for Chrismon Trees

A greyscale of grapes and a leaf.
              In Christian iconography, the grape vine or vineyard frequently appears in scripture:
  • In the Bible, grapes are first mentioned when Noah grows them on his farm (Genesis 9:20–21).
  • Instructions concerning wine are given in the book of Proverbs and in the book of Isaiah, such as in Proverbs 20:1 and Isaiah 5:20–25. 
  • Deuteronomy 18:3–5,14:22–27,16:13–15 tell of the use of wine during Jewish feasts.
  • The parable of the kingdom of heaven likened to the father starting to engage laborers for his vineyard. Matthew 20:1-16
  • The vine is used as symbol of Jesus Christ based on his own statement, “I am the vine.” John 15:5
  • The vine as symbol of the chosen people is employed several times in the Old Testament. Joel 1:7, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalms 80:8-11
  • The vine and wheat ear have been frequently used as symbol of the blood and flesh of Christ, hence figuring as symbols (bread and wine) of the Eucharist/Communion. Luke 22:15
A simple pattern of grapes and one large leaf.
Scripture References for Grape Chrismons:
  • "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 (KJB)
  • "And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Luke 22:15 (ESV)
  • "So Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever." John 6:53-58 (NLT)
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