Here we have the completion of the Divine Trilogy – The Incarnation, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection. Without the crowning event of the Resurrection, the other two would be of no avail. These three are like the links of a chain; each is of equal importance to the others.
As in the Incarnation picture, the artist has used freely his power to take all the Gospel accounts and, from them, select the few ideas he wishes to use in portraying the truth he wants to convey to the
The scene is that recorded in John’s Gospel: there the titian-haired Mary Magdalene stands without the tomb weeping, after the impatient disciples had gone back to the city.
We have the tomb, symbolic of our greatest fear. The tomb has been endured and conquered, and now the risen Christ stands before it. He has faced it and it no longer need hold terror for any believer in Him and His way of life.
The angel on the right is an interesting personage. His presence implies that this is not a common scene, but one in which Heaven is deeply involved.
But it is the central figure that holds our attention the longest. He commands the scene, the tomb, and our lives. His richly embroidered robe is but a symbol of His lordship. He is looking at Mary, but His expression and bearing seem to be one of peace and calm. He embodies that Truth: “Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”
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