History 101.9 – The Resurrection
The below article was written by Dr. Eugene Murphey and was published in The Tower newsletter of October 2005.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ as depicted in the fifth window of the west wall of the church sanctuary presents another mystery that has puzzled and confounded even the most learned theologians, as well as the least learned common Christians and even non-believers through the centuries. We know that Christ died on the cross at Calvary shown in the previous window. His body was buried in a sealed tomb and guarded by soldiers to prevent theft or the tampering. This is all accepted facts, well
followers, synagogue leaders, and government officials. yet, three days alter his body disappeared, leaving behind his burial garments and two messengers from God announcing that Christ was not dead but risen and alive. Reminding the woman who first made the amazing discovery, the messengers recalled what Jesus had earlier said in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’ (Luke 24:7.)
This does not explain the mystery of Christ’s resurrection, but it provided us with one of the major tenets of our Christian faith – death is not the end but the beginning of a new life with Him.
John’s Gospel (14:18-19) records what the Lord said before his death: ‘When I go you will not be left alone. I will come back to you. In a little while, the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you will also live.’ This is the message of the Resurrection window, which shows Christ rising from the empty tomb holding aloft the banner of victory over sin and death. The symbolic fruit (pomegranate) with seeds bursting from it at the bottom of the panel signifies that the grave could not contain Him.
This panel was placed in honor of our beloved Mrs. Glenn (Elizabeth) Ballard by her church school class.
-Eugene M. Murphey, M.D.