Today is Easter, or Resurrection Day, the day we remember, commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Jesus is the Messiah. He is the passover lamb, who died to atone for the sins of God's people.
As I reflected on this today, I was thinking about something to share (in our 5 day reading plan, we read Sunday's readings on Friday, so there are usually no posts on Sundays). I considered 'the word made flesh,' thinking to find something along those lines, bringing together the word, the Bible, which this blog is about (or more correctly, the God of the Bible), and Christ's resurrection.
Instead, I came across a story in The Spectator of a painting by Hans Holbein is Jesus in the grave, called "The Dead Christ in the Tomb." As the story notes, we have lots of paintings of Christ before his crucifixion, or on the cross, or resurrected. Few show him in the tomb, dead.
It is a graphic picture, and we might be inclined to say it is inappropriate for this day. But as I read about and looked at it, it seemed appropriate. He was dead. Dead. But as Scripture tells is, at 1 Corinthians 15:55-57: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Reflect on his death, real and vivid as captured by Holbein. And give thanks: he died, was buried and was resurrected. "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
Click above to access the 5 Day Reading Plan used here. I am using the 5 readings Monday through Friday, with other postings on topics of interest Saturdays and Sundays.
Some Favorite Sites
Desiring God Ministries
Bible Design Blog
Calvary Baptist Church