"Imagine Easter ....."
Some years ago I saw Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of Christ’ with its very graphic depiction of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution. I sat through it wondering what someone with little knowledge of the Christian faith would have made of it. It was all about the cross, but never really got to Easter, nor to resurrection hope which transforms death, his and ours.
The images we use to explore the Easter story can significantly affect our responses to it. Eastern Orthodox Easter artworks focus mainly on Jesus’ victory over sin and death, whereas Western Easter art focuses much more strongly on his suffering and death. How does this affect us?
A copy of my favourite Easter artwork hangs in my study. It picks up on God’s resurrection work transforming exploitation, destruction and death into resurrection life, hope and the Kingdom of God – all flowing through the cross. It is a picture of hope which is particularly special, coming as it does from Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries.
What is your Easter image? What makes it special for you? How does it illuminate your understanding of God and of his saving love in Jesus?
Revd Stephen Cooper