The Resurrection of Christ, by Matthias Grunewald
Khan Academy's website describes the Altarpiece as the most fantastically weird artistic production of Renaissance Christianity, "Christ is wreathed in orange, red and yellow body haloes and rises like a streaking fireball... " I couldn't put it better myself.
None of the Gospel writers describe the actual event of the Resurrection. None of them were there to see it happen. They tell us of the aftermath, the encounters with Jesus. Perhaps the most tender meeting occurs in the Book of John, with Mary Magdalen. "Woman, why are you crying?" He asks her, as she mistakes him for the gardener. Then, when he calls her by name, she recognizes him and cries out "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). And perhaps the strangest moment occurs a week later, when He appears to the disciples and commands Thomas, who had not believed He had risen, to reach out his hand and put it into the wound in his side. "Stop doubting and believe." In the painting, Grunewald shows the marks in the hands and feet, the wound in the side. Even in His Resurrection, Christ still bears his wounds, the signs of his sacrifice.
Today, April 12th, 2020, we attended Easter worship service via livestream. Our church has not met physically for a month, even though here in Texas, churches are exempt from the state orders regarding social distancing. Our church leadership responsibly decided that, to protect the most vulnerable among us, we would be meeting virtually, not physically. A different Easter for us all, but Easter, nevertheless.