However, God refuses to leave us alienated from him ensnared in a web of sin with no way of returning back to God. Brennan Manning describes the Lion who will kill everything in us that separates us from his love, and of the Lamb who was murdered by us to mend that separation. Jesus is both Lion and Lamb; relentless against that which is parasitic on goodness and destroys life and tender and compassionate to those caught in the thrall of sin.
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The curtain in the temple separated the worshippers from the Holy of Holies; the curtain was a symbolic division between sinful humanity and a holy God. When the curtain tore on Good Friday, the division between humanity and God, between heaven and earth was removed. Through Jesus Christ, our great high priest who offers himself as an atoning sacrifice, all humanity can have restored fellowship with God cf.
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As Christ, the second Adam, is born of the womb of Mary, so the Church is born of the wounds of Christ. We are born of water and blood; we have reconciled fellowship with God through baptism and the Eucharist. This is why the absence of the sacraments is so poignant on Good Friday; we are reminded that we so often and so easily cut ourselves off form the source of life in our stubborn refusal and rejection of God.
Therefore, the sacraments are not mere memorials of past events; they are literally a re-member-ing whereby Christ resurrects us into new life as his body, the Church.
The sacraments are gifts given to us by God through the cross of Christ. Therefore, let us not rush to Easter in an attempt to avoid the offensive scandal of the cross. Rather, let us see the cross as the good news that for us and for our salvation, Christ Jesus was crucified, died as was buried, and descended to the dead.
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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Jason Postma in Uncategorized March 26, 1, Words. A sermon preached at St. Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Amen The cross stands at the heart of the Christian faith; no cross, no Christianity. Share this: Email Facebook Twitter. Like this: Like Loading Easter Sunday Sermon. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. It should be the same for us! Author Gregory S.
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