The God who weeps

All Souls Day- William Bougereau

(What do the dead want- Part III)

How do we answer Samhain, and All Souls Day?

We respond with Christ- the one sufficient reply to all facets of our fear. Specifically he answers our anxiety for the well-being of those who have passed through the portal of Death. He is the first born from the dead- the one who has entered and returned from a world into which we as yet only peer dimly, all the while cringing back from the doorstep.

Christ was God made man, who wept with Mary over the death of her brother Lazarus, so that those watching said, “Look how he loved him.” He was the one who went with her to the graveyard. He is the one who understands and enters our grief when a loved one dies.

He was God made man, who said to Martha,

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

He stood at burial vault of a man four days dead, had them roll away the stone and commanded,

“Lazarus, come out!”
“Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Christ was God, made man, who turned from the triumph of the risen Lazarus, and almost before the grave clothes were unwound, set his face like a flint and moved on to Jerusalem and Golgotha.

” He humbled himself
and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!”

Christ was the sacrifice, the lamb slain before the foundation of the world: the only propitiation acceptable to the Creator, the offended deity.

No wonder the writer to Hebrews begins with this exultation:

” In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (NIV)

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