Beyond the resurrection is the garden of everlasting life. On Holy Saturday, we wait in silence for our Savior while he awakens the dead. We contemplate His passion and love for humanity. This Lent I learned something new about Jesus crucifixion. We have all heard about how Jesus replaced the curse of Adam and Eve, however, have you ever given thought to what that means? Theologian Tim Gray explains it well, and I will try my best to interpret him for you. The Gospel of Luke, different than the Gospel of Matthew shows Jesus’ genealogy dating back all the way to Adam for a reason; to detail comparisons. Like Adam, Jesus was tested in a garden; He sweat blood as Adam sweat from labor. The ground was cursed to produce thorns for Adam as he labored sweat and Jesus blood fell to that ground where later thorns crowned His head. Through the pain and suffering of Jesus passion, He takes on the agony of Adam. The final part of Adam’s curse is death, so Jesus takes on this curse of death to bring life to Adam’s descendants. Where Adam was cast out of the garden by the tree of life Jesus brings new life to the wood of the cross by the Passover cup of His blood bringing everlasting life. Unlike death from the tree of wisdom we by taking of the tree of life through the body and blood of Christ, defeat death and banishment by being able to enter paradise forever with everlasting life.
Painting in Cenacolo, Medjugorje of the Resurrection with Adam and Eve
A lamb is sacrificed at Passover and Jesus freely gives himself in place of the lamb. He pays the debt of Adam, Israel, and us and just as they had to eat of the lamb we are to eat of the lamb in the Mass.
What an incredible notion during this Jubilee year of Mercy, Mercy takes on a deeper meaning for us. The resurrection of Christ is personal to each of us, and the good news is forever shedding light in our dark places of understanding love. Love is at the heart of the resurrection and carries with it hope to sustain us through our challenges.
Some people associate the resurrection of Jesus to a lotus flower.
It grows through the darkness and muddy waters to bloom pure beauty, clean, and bright atop of the darkness and dirt. It retreats into the darkness of the waters when the sun goes down and returns again in the morning light of Dawn. Its flower and roots bring healing to many ailments when eaten just as Jesus in the Eucharist. May we continue to celebrate the risen Christ in our daily lives. My prayer for each of you reading this is to have a blessed Easter celebration with your family and friends.