But there is the love of God, the self-emptying of Christ for the redemption of humanity; that is the only love that conquers all. To paraphrase the old hymn, What wondrous love is this that caused Christ to lay aside His crown for our souls?
The Resurrection by Cecco del Caravaggio puts that love right in our faces. It is a masterpiece of dynamic movement and the contrast of light and dark. The super human thrust defying laws of gravity, physics, and all common sense illustrates a love so strong that it conquers death – not this once, but for eternity and for us. Oil on canvas creates a reminder for us: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (John 3:16).
That is what comes from God’s love.
The real love that conquers all.
--Ellyn von Huben
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