Easter is here!

April 8, 2007

Easter is here, and God responds to death with life!

As I’ve been writing for the last few days, it is becoming clearer and clearer to me that the resurrection is about God’s response to sin.  The crucifixion was effected because of our sin, not to pay for it to appease an angry God (for a different wording than mine with the same outcome, see Rev. Jeffrey John’s sermon on it over at Fr. Jakes, here).  God has responded as God always does– with restoration and creation, bringing life where we created death.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(BCP p. 291, from the Great Vigil of Easter.)

That is hope if I ever heard it!

j

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2 Responses to “Easter is here!”

  1. Judy Says:

    That’s a wonderful post – Beautiful thoughts, Jeff. But, you did it again, and it drives me nuts, as you would know. Coincidentally, I saw it in a flyer for an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Korean and Samoan Christian. Where did the spelling of crucifiction come from? I can’t find any origins, but you’re not the only one. I wear a crucifix to religious services, and seeing fiction in this sacred word just seems as if it’s a Freudian slip.

  2. Jeff Says:

    YEs maam. It is fixed. It is just a typo, not a theological statement!

    j


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