Rembrandt completed an inspiring painting in 1634 that he titled, "The Descent from the Cross." Standing to the right of the cross, a somberly dressed figure in deep brown-red, is Nicodemus, who received permission to bury Jesus. Seated left, whose colors barely make her visible, is Mary, shown fainting and supported by several women. Gathered in the rear are the apostles, scarcely seen in the dark shadows. The livid color of Christ's body, set off against white linen, surrounded by the dark images, creates an unforgettable impression.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.