The Resurrection is the most important day on the Christian calendar. As an evangelical Christian, I thought I would share with you some of the Easter cartoons that I’ve drawn during my career. The cartoon above was drawn in 2007. It is still relevant today. The illustration below is my latest and depicts the significance of Good Friday (6th day), Saturday (7th day) and Sunday (8th day). I wrote a devotional that goes with the art.


The verse for today: “So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…” – John 19:1-2. Have you ever thought about the significance of the crown of thorns? When Adam sinned, God cursed the ground. Genesis 3:18 says, “It will produce thorns and thistles for you.” Those thorns, intended as a curse for us, became a crown worn by Jesus. He bore our curse on His head and died in our place to reverse and restore the blessing to us. And just as Adam was created on the 6th day and he fell, Jesus died on the 6th day of the week. Then Jesus was placed in a tomb where His body rested on the 7th day. Seven is the number of perfection or completion. God rested on the 7th day after creation. Then Jesus rose to life on the 8th day. The number 8 is a number of new beginnings. It represents new life, regeneration, resurrection. If you take the number 8 and turn it on its side, it becomes the symbol for infinity. When Jesus rose to life, He opened up infinity for us – eternal life. The tomb became a womb that birthed a new beginning for anyone who gives their life to Jesus. Your life can transcend and rise above your current circumstances if you know Jesus.

“He is not here; He is risen, as He said…” – Matthew 28:6. This cartoon is a rewrite of an old nursery rhyme and was originally published on April 23, 2000.

I drew this cartoon in 2014 after the movie, God’s Not Dead appeared in theaters.

Gary Varvel <gary@garyvarvel.com>

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