the grim reaper reaped

the grim reaper reaped cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“The Grim Reaper Reaped” (ink and pencil on paper, 8″x8″)

(Many original cartoon drawings and prints are available, including this one! Email me if interested. Original drawings are $100 and prints are $25… plus shipping.)

The bible points to the truth of what is and always has been and always will be. It employs story, metaphor and symbol… the stuff that makes up what we call history… to do so. It uses what we experience as time and what we perceive to occur in it to indicate that death is overcome and we need not live under its authority. The story of who we call Jesus is a supreme manifestation of this reality.

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  • This. Is. Wonderful.

  • thanks jenn.

  • Liza

    Love it!

  • Balati

    So powerful! I love how satisfied Jesus looks 🙂

  • caught that little smirk did you?

  • Gary

    Love it David. A very fun and satisfying visual

  • Thanks Gary. I enjoyed drawing it.

  • Caryn LeMur

    Just perfect. Thank you for drawing that one.

  • Carol

    Many people don’t realize that a myth is not something that never happened; a myth is something that happens all the time, an archetypal event.

    A Holy Saturday meditation on death and sin from Orthodox theologian John Meyendorff:

    Death and sin are inseparable cosmic realities in fallen creation, because “through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin death, and thus death passed unto all men” (Rom. 5:12).

    According to the prevailing patristic exegesis of that passage, then, it is this universal mortality that makes personal sinfulness inevitable. Dominated by suffering, fear of death, and insecurity, man came under the power of an instinct for SELF-protection and SELF-preservation. He began to struggle for his OWN survival, at the expense of his neighbor, even if this survival could be only temporary (and therefore illusory), since “death reigned from Adam to Moses, even upon those who did not sin as Adam did” (Rom. 5:14).

    Indeed, it still reigns, in spite of all human efforts to conquer it, except by Jesus, the Christ. Mortality is, therefore, the ultimate condition of fallen man. It keeps him enslaved, dependent, and inevitably concerned about his threatened self, with a tendency to use others for his own selfish interests.

    The vicious circle of death and sin, however, was BROKEN by God Himself, who came “to serve, and not to be served,” who said that it is “better to give, than to receive,” and “who gave Himself for the salvation of many.” In a world where struggle for survival at the expense of others is the law, He showed that death for others is the ultimate act of love. And
    when this act was performed by God Himself, a new life indeed came into the world.

    This “redemption” brought by Christ defies rational explanation, yet its significance is overwhelming. It is an event that took place in history, that, like all historical events, took time: the time of Jesus’ earthly life, and the three days of His burial. –John Meyendorff, The Time of Holy Saturday, from ORTHODOX SYNTHESIS: The
    Unity of Theological Thought, edited by Joseph J. Allen


    The Eastern Churches’ apophatic understanding of the Mysteries of Faith: The Mysteries of Faith are like the sun, you cannot gaze directly into them; but they illuminate all else.

  • I don’t want to sound facetious, but is the response to that: “He is risen, indeed, Alleluia!”, as the Eastern Orthodox say, or what should one say?

  • Carol

    Brigitte, to paraphrase one comedian’s remark about Bill Clinton’s cigar, “sometimes a [cliche] is more than a [cliche].”