Most images of the empty tomb
show the light of the Risen Christ
breaking forth from within the tomb.
This one, however, shows the light
coming from outside - in the world -
breaking into the darkness of the tomb.
It is a painting of what has
happened to the world, now
that Christ is risen from the dead.
It is illuminated with the hope
of eternal life. And that hope can
break into the darkness of our lives.
EASTER LETTER 2022
The first time God spoke to man in the Bible, He asked a question of Adam: “Where are you?” Adam was of course hiding, because he and Eve had turned away from God and were now filled with a shame that acted as a kind of poison, which distorted their vision of God, a venom that caused them to forget His providence.
And yet, God reached out to them in mercy, “Where are you? Even now,” He was saying to them, “I would heal you and provide for you again if you would but come out of hiding.” Such mercy. Such fidelity God shows to us. He never stops looking for us.
Then comes Christ. Whereas Adam made excuses and hid from God in the Garden of Eden, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane took upon Himself the shame of our sins and said on our behalf, “Here I am, Father. Thy will be done.”
And this is one way to understand the significance of the Resurrection. The Father raised Jesus from the grave as a sign to us that man was once again united with God, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Who, then, shares in this new Easter life? The ones who imitate Christ and come out of hiding. We who say to God, “Here I am. I was hiding, because my shame was causing me to forget Your mercy. But, Father, here I am. Thy will be done.”
This is what I want for all of us here at Christ the King: not that we pretend to be perfect by associating with those who think themselves perfect, but that we live together in such a way as to give to one another the freedom to say, “Here I am, Lord. I am coming out of hiding. I am stepping out of the tomb, alive again.”
A Blessed Easter to you all +
Yours in the Risen Christ
Father Rob Ketcham