Week 39 2/12/2017
Title of drawing: "Jesus Broke" (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)
Luke chapter 23 records 3 hours of darkness at mid day as Jesus breathed his last breath on the cross. I imagine there must have been a heavy weight or a seemingly eerie pause to time itself as the sin of all humankind broke Jesus. It's as if the sun even mourned at the loss of it's maker. The one and only perfect human swallowed the poison that would otherwise continue to enslave and destroy all human life. At the death of Christ it appeared as if all hope for a savior was lost but it wasn't the end. The earth quaked, rocks split, the curtain of the sanctuary was miraculously torn from top to bottom, and many saints who had died were raised as tombs broke open.
I would be scared.
Jesus was separated from his Heavenly Father that day. The trinitarian relationship was temporarily broken. That darkness was a physical echo of a tragic spiritual event but something was taking place that no one understood. Death was about to lose its curse. The law of sin and death was about to be overwhelmed by the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
Can we sit and stare in reverence of this moment of darkness and all that it symbolizes: humility even to the point of death, the execution of a rescue plan, and a life taken, blessed, broken, and given for the world. This is love. This is who we worship and this is who we follow.
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