…But You Will Follow Afterward

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times." (John 13:36-38 ESV)

We can see in the verses around this passage that Jesus is finding a variety of ways to communicate the same simple message to his disciples. Just prior, his message is something like this:

"A time is coming when I'll go somewhere you can't follow. You'll look for me, but you won't be able to find me. So love one another.
"You won't know where I am. So love one another.
"You won't see me or hear me like you used to. So love one another.
"That way, you--and everyone around you--will know that I'm still present among you."

There is a reoccurring theme in Scripture: That the greatest works of God are often performed in the midst of the deepest darkness. Is there any greater example of this than the Passion of Christ? So he reminds them that in the times of deepest darkness, when God's works are hard to see and his will is difficult to understand, we need to stand by one another. Ironically, he's saying this with the full knowledge that his closest friends are hours away from betraying, abandoning and denying him.

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Ravenlaw

Published Saturday, February 13, 2016

Current Episode: Ravenlaw and the Blood Cauldron

It’s December, 1920 and a young socialite is brought to Monument Hill Asylum after brutally attacking his father. The mysterious Doctor Ravenlaw follows the clues to a speakeasy in Brooklyn serving hooch with strange properties and disturbing origins. Will Ravenlaw uncover its nefarious source, or will he be thwarted by the dark secrets and conflicting agendas of his closest colleagues?

The Heart of Man Plans His Way

The Heart of Man Plans His Way

There was a hiccup in Ravenlaw’s publishing schedule during December while I became acclimated to a new work schedule and tied up loose ends that were competing for my time.   The good news is, my routine has more or less normalized now and I’m back to being able to complete two Ravenlaw strips a week.   […]

New Job!

New Job!

Hello, readers! You may have noticed a blip in Ravenlaw’s publishing schedule this month. The reason for it is that I recently decided to accept a full-time position with an online marketing studio, meaning that my haphazard freelancing schedule has been replaced with a much more rigid one. Ultimately, I hope that this will result in more predictability in regard to producing and publishing comics, but for now there’s a bit of upheaval while I wrap up freelance obligations and make the transition. Thanks for your understanding! -e

From Where Have You Come?

From Where Have You Come?

The most impressive revelations in the account of Job are not historical in nature, but rather cosmological. The book begins by pulling back the proverbial “curtain” to get a glimpse of the divine forces at work behind the tragic events in Job’s life. Backstage passes of this kind, both in Scripture and in everyday life, are exceedingly rare. This gives us an aerial view of Job’s situation that he himself doesn’t have. What strikes me as interesting about this dynamic, however, is that it’s most likely for the best that Job can’t see behind the curtain with us because, if he could, he would probably fail to derive any comfort from it whatsoever. As we see this apparently arbitrary exchange between God and the Accuser (Hebrew: satan), it seems on the surface that God is attempting to make a point to someone who by his nature cannot possibly be persuaded–all at an unspeakably high cost to the object of the lesson, Job.

By viewing the account through the lens of Scripture’s grand narrative, I believe that it is possible to successfully explain why the experiment initiated by God is not as monstrous as it may seem. Along the way, however, I think that we can miss a valuable point–one perhaps best summarized by another theological text: The opening statement of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu.