Christ the King
This banner symbolizes the fulfillment of the previous week’s promises, it also points directly to the week to come. The king’s crown has sharp edges to represent the nails and the sword piercing Christ on the cross. The viewer’s position is on the hill of Golgotha, but looking up, toward heaven.
Christ’s earthly crown was not made of gold and jewels, but of thorns—brutal, sharp, and causing real harm and pain. Woven into the thorns is the ichthys, representing Christians. This is not a bumper-sticker ichthys; choosing to follow Christ isn’t a bumper-sticker promise. It’s a hard life with sharp edges. There is joy and salvation, but no promise of an easy road to follow. This banner juxtaposes the richness of God’s kingdom with the wealth of the cross and the sheer enormity of salvation’s cost.