The Reason for the Tomb

The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist Mourning by Rogier van der Weyden

 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.  If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’”

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Psalm 69:

I am worn out calling for help;

my throat is parched.

My eyes fail,

looking for my God.

Those who hate me without reason

outnumber the hairs of my head;

many are my enemies without cause,

those who seek to destroy me.

I am forced to restore

what I did not steal…

For I endure scorn for your sake,

and shame covers my face.

I am a foreigner to my own family,

a stranger to my own mother’s children;

for zeal for your house consumes me,

and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

When I weep and fast,

I must endure scorn;

when I put on sackcloth,

people make sport of me.

Those who sit at the gate mock me,

and I am the song of the drunkards…

…You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;

all my enemies are before you.

Scorn has broken my heart

and has left me helpless;

I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

for comforters, but I found none.

They put gall in my food

and gave me vinegar for my thirst…

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All our sins are stones

at the bottom of your ocean

and all our filthy stains

have been washed away

By the blood of a son

I have overcome the grave

By the blood of a son

I have overcome the grave

~ Sins Are Stones, John Mark McMillan

The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning Rogier van der Weyden

Revenge by Jon Foreman

Crucifixion from The Isenheim Alterpiece by Matthias Grunewald

Murdered Son by John Mark McMillan

Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ) by Giotto

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