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Monday, April 14, 2008

He is Risen!

"But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive."
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Although I prefer the more life-like style of paintings I saw in the basilicas of Rome, this is my favorite mural in St. Andrew's Church in Patras, Greece. Victorious, Christ rises from the dead, crushing the gates of hell. Keys are strewn beneath Him, as graves are unlocked and their captives set free. The thought of His resurrection, and my own future resurrection to life, excites me!
"'O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?'
. . . But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
- 1 Corinthians 15:55, 57