“The Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Jonah 2:10
Him dead and buried we confess,
The storm our sins had raised t’ appease,
Three days and nights for us confined:
But lo, emerging from the grave,
He comes, a ransomed world to save,
He preaches life to all mankind!
O that we all his words might hear,
A greater far than Jonas fear,
And live and die, at his command!
Then shall the grave its prey restore,
Raised by his resurrection’s power,
And cast us on the heavenly land.
Charles Wesley, Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (1762)
sound :: Invitation, Traditional American, performed by Anonymous 4 (2004)
[During Van Gogh’s institutionalization at Saint-Rémy hospital, he was inspired by Rembrandt’s etching depicting the raising Lazarus. The red-bearded Lazarus bears some resemblance to Van Gogh himself. Painted at a time of deep struggle with mental illness and longing for the power of Christ’s resurrection. Also, here are the lyrics for Invitation.]