Patrick Allen’s Sermon on Easter from Holy Communion, Charleston

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Resurrection of Jesus is "the collapse of all that is familiar and well known." Well, Professor [James] Alison is a scholar-theologian. I'm just a simple curate, and I'll put it this way: Easter means that Jesus is alive and normal is dead. Nothing, not even death, is certain, and in fact death is defeated, has met its match in Love Himself.

The tomb is empty – empty as in vacant; empty as in powerless. Death – life's great certainty; the most normal, expected, routine, trustworthy thing going, in fact a sure thing, has come untrue in Christ.

And now anything can happen, and love is the winning bet. That stone that lay across the tomb is pushed aside, and so the great rock of despair is blown to bits by the great Yes of the Living God who has given himself to us and for us in Jesus Christ.

Read it all and please note the audio is available here.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)* Christian Life / Church LifeChurch Year / Liturgical SeasonsEasterParish MinistryMinistry of the OrdainedPreaching / Homiletics* South Carolina

Posted April 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Karen B. wrote:

“Normal is dead.”  Hallelujah!  What a great quote - even better because it’s TRUE!

Thanks for posting this Kendall.

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