One More Thing with Pastor Tim Burchill 4.8.2024

POEM: "Easter is Judgment Day" 

 

   I love poetry, but I often find it more difficult to understand than simple prose.  It took me a long time to realize that poetry is supposed to call for an entirely different way of seeing and hearing.  Poetry is like condensed soup.  It’s not intended to be eaten out of the can, but rather it relies on us to add something to it—to stir in the water and air it needs so that after a period of mixing and heating it can convey its deeper truths.

 

    Sunday Pastor Jackie kicked off of our new sermons series: The Tarnished Halo Society—God Never Gives Up on Imperfect People.  Her excellent message included a poem that jarred me enough that I asked for a printed copy.  What got me interested was the phrase—“our sin revoked.”  I’ve heard that our sins are forgiven, or removed, or canceled, but I’d never thought about the sin itself as being revoked, i.e. no longer charged against us.  Easter is not often thought of as Judgment Day.  We think of it as Our Greatest Blessing Day.  And yet we forget that the resurrection of Jesus is a complete indictment of the ways of this fallen world.  Easter delivers a sweeping judgment of the “the way things are" as well as the powers and principalities of this world.

 

    I’ve included Steve Garnaas-Holmes’ poem because I think it is worth stirring, mixing, and warming up to.  I believe it has the power to help us think about that first Easter in some new and challenging ways.  Good Luck!

 

Easter is Judgment Day

Easter is Judgement Day.
The great work of all our empires of state are overturned;
our walls are broken down.
All our judgments are overruled.
All our cruelties rescinded.
Our sin revoked.
Our aloneness has been colonized by God's loving presence.
Even death has been dismembered, powerless.
Our fear is sentenced to life locked up in hope and trust and joy.
Our death is taken from us,
and replaced by Life that is unassailable and infinite.
With flaming sword of sunrise, God has vanquished the shadows.
and even the darkness shines, even the grave gives forth glory.
The Crucified One is risen.
Alleluia

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