Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Redemption of Easter

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) 1541 - 1614 (workshop of)
Christ the Redeemer
OIl on canvas
72 cm x 57 cm
Galleria Parmeggiani, Reggio Emilia

"25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26 “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God"
Job 19: 25- 26

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) 1541 - 1614
Saint John the Evangelist 1605
Oil on canvas 99 cm x 77 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

The Evangelist John is shown holding up a chalice with a serpent. His other hand beckons.

His Gospel is different from the three Synoptic Gospels It is only in the Gospel of John we read of one character Nicodemus.

NIcodemus appears and disappears from the narrative in John. Yet his role is an important one.

In one episode we read of Nicodemus coming to Christ at night. The two converse
"13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.  
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.  
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."
Jesus to Nicodemus John 3: 13 - 18