Marathi Bible Wallpapers for Easter

Jesus, when his friend Lazarus was dead, had consoled his sister Martha saying, “I am the resurrection and the life” (“Mee punarutthan ani jeevan ahe”) and later he had raised Lazarus back to life. (John 11)

The painting in the first wallpaper is my own impression, as an artist and a meteorologist, of Jesus’ empty tomb on the morning of his own resurrection. The stone has been rolled away from the entrance. But this is no ordinary stone. It has a likeness to the earth as seen in a satellite picture taken from space. There is a brilliance emanating from within the empty tomb and the earth throws a dark shadow against it. After all, it was Jesus who had said, “I am the light of the world” and again, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 8:12, 16:33)

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Lilies, the trumpet-shaped white flowers that symbolize purity, innocence, beauty, hope and life, have come to be associated with the celebration of Easter. Jesus himself, in his sermon on the mount, had specifically mentioned them. “Consider the lilies of the field”, he had said (Matthew 6:28). Lilies grow easily, without much care. In the garden around our home in Delhi, come Easter and lilies would sprout year after year. Even when I lived for a short while in Pune, I had seen Easter lilies blooming as if out of nowhere.

My drawing in the second wallpaper shows off the whiteness of the Easter lilies against a background of dark colours. The superimposed verse from 1 Peter 1:3 says that God in his great mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus (“Yeshu Khristala mrutantoon uthvoon aplyala eka jivant ashet punha janma dila ahe”).

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“Today you will be with me in paradise” (“…aaj tu mazyabarobar sukhlokat assheel” (Luke 23:43) is one of my favourite verses in the Bible. This is what Jesus said from the cross to one of the two criminals who were also crucified along with him. He had asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. What I love about Jesus’ response is that he does not question the man, or rebuke him, or give him a sermon. He does not ask this dying man if he had been baptized, or whether he had been born again. He does not tell him to pray for his salvation. Jesus, the son of God, just opens the doors of paradise for this criminal.

The third wallpaper has my own drawing of the pathway to paradise. It depicts the three crosses atop the mount of Calvary. From the foot of Jesus’ cross, a small stream begins to flow. This grows and gets transformed into the river of the water of life (Revelation 22:1). On either side of it stands the tree of life that bears fruits in due season for the healing of the nations. Over it the sky glows with the light of the Lamb.

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The fourth wallpaper says simply “He is risen” (“to uthla ahe”) in the words of the angel guarding Jesus’ empty tomb (Matthew 28:6). The cross has its form but it has no substance after Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death. The colourful skies in the background radiate the glory of God and the clouds are a reminder that Christ will come to this earth once again and every eye will see him (Revelation 1:7)

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