It was the first day of the week (Sunday), and the women, disciples of Jesus, were going to his grave to do the last physical ministry acts that they could perform for their savior, teacher, and friend. They would give his body the last preparations for burial, and return it to its tomb. When the women arrive, an angel tells them that the central event of Easter has already happened. The grave is empty; the tomb is open; the Christ has risen from the dead!
The second window from the front of the north side of the Grace Lutheran Church sanctuary is an artist’s imagination of the central event of Easter, the focal point of the Christian faith. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead by the power of God. The door to the grave stands open to life that is eternal. The Savior, wrapped in His white shroud, leaves the napkin that covered his head and face behind him in the tomb, and comes out of the door of the tomb to raise His hand in the action of blessing all that lives.
Throughout the Easter season, Christians are reminded of all that living with the risen Christ means. The presence of Jesus gives us peace. We are challenged to be witnesses to our Lord’s power in our lives. Our Savior cares for our needs. We Christians are expected to live in and for Jesus. We are chosen people, recipients of God’s special love and power. We know the joy of eternal life with God.
The Easter season, like the Easter event, is the reminder to Christians that life is according to God’s plan and purpose. Ever since Easter, Christians have worshipped their God on Sunday, the first day of the week, to thank God for life.
(Text about the stained glass windows at Grace provided by Pastor Darrel Gerrietts, 1990.)