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About the Desire of Nations card

Come, Desire of Nations, Come

The nations don’t know they desire Jesus yet. But they

do. Jesus is our ultimate and only real hope, whether we

know it or not. One day everyone will know His name.

We will all see Him—to our everlasting horror, or our

everlasting joy.

 

When I work on a developing new card ideas, I begin

by free-associating Bible verses with phrases and images

I keep in a notebook for this purpose. Desire of nations

from “Hark the Herald Angel Sing” is in there. Matthew

12:21 (In His Name the nations will put their hope) and

Isaiah 2:2 (In the last days, the mountain of the house of the

Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, And it

will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream

to it.) are in there too.

 

One day last fall it hit me: what if the flags of many

nations were flying like streamers off the name of Jesus?

Flags are by nature dependent. They are attached to

something—they don’t fly by themselves. The idea of this

card is to show that the nations depend upon Him.

 

When I looked online for stock images of flags, I discovered

that there are a lot of nations! I couldn’t show all

200+ of them and have them still be recognizable as flags.

So I picked a few from each continent and put them in

rows. Then I began to twist and distort the rows so it

would look like the flags were blowing in the wind.

 

Maybe you already know this, but my intention in making

this kind of art is not really to develop “seasonally

appropriate” cards. My intention is to lift up the name

of Jesus. Cards are a means to an end. When people buy

these cards to send to their friends, we are collaborating

together to share the Gospel.