Death | Mortality

“I am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be safe … the thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy. I come that they might have life and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:9,10).

Hanging prominently in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art “Dutch Artists” exhibition, is a still-life engraving of a human skull. Bordering the skull are these words:

There will be perhaps a place safe against all things. But there is no citadel that is a safeguard against death. Whether we are distinguished by a royal crown, or till the fields with pickaxes, we all owe tribute to death. Remember that!1

Hanging close by the engraving is a red chalk drawing in which the…

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