#CCLent17 / Day 40 / April 15 / ‘The Harrowing of Hell’

This Eastern Orthodox icon of the Resurrection is one I highlight every Easter. It’s technically called ‘The Harrowing of Hell,’ and it shows Adam and Eve being pulled out of the tomb by the wrists as Christ “tramples down death by death.” Many commentators relate it to the mysterious verse in 1 Peter 3:18f. “For Christ also […]

#CCLent17 / Day 39 / April 14 / Jesus’ Prayer at Gethsemane

The More Earnest Prayer of Christ ~ Scott Cairns And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly… —Luke 22:44 His last prayer in the garden began, as most as his prayers began—in earnest, certainly, but not without distraction, an habitual…what? Distance? Well, yes, a sort of distance, or a mute remove from the genuine […]

#CCLent17 / Day 38 / April 13 / John Donne’s Hymn to God in sickness

John Donne’s famous “Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness” ends with a beautiful perspective of the death of Jesus that defeats death. The last two stanzas are given here. You can see the whole poem at this link. We think that Paradise and Calvary,          Christ’s cross, and Adam’s tree, stood in one place; […]

#CCLent17 / Day 32 / April 6 / Welcome to Paradise!

The second word of Jesus from the Cross is to the ‘penitent thief’ at his side: One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished […]

#CCLent17 / Day 30 / April 4 / Psalm 22’s Victorious Ending

Jesus’ words from the cross include Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me…” We’ve looked at 2 other crucifixion references further into the Psalm. I’m convinced Jesus could only utter the first sentence but would have known the whole Psalm, the LAST words of which were filled with victory and fulfillment […]