The Dark Cave and Christ’s Resurrection

During this season of lent it seems like we are composing a musical score that will climax on Resurrection Sunday (Easter — I know I am getting ahead of myself here in regards to the regular Lenten sequence). What is it that we get excited about on that “glorious day’s” celebration?  It is the triumph of the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ over death, sin, and separation from God. The congregation triumphantly sings:

“Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! ”

Can you just stop and hear those words again: “He arose a victor from a dark domain.” Anyone who is going through some dark places may take comfort that Christ our Victor has also travelled through those dark places. How Christ did it isn’t always correctly portrayed in the way we celebrate that day. Hear, in closing, a thought on Christ’s resurrection from Barbara Taylor for us to digest this second week of Lent:

“As many years as I have been listening to Easter sermons, I have never heard anyone talk about that part. Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies, the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light. But it did not happen that way. If it happened in a cave, it happened in complete silence, in absolute darkness, with the smell of damp stone and dug earth in the air. Sitting deep in the heart of Organ Cave, I let this sink in: new life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb, or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark.”  ― Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark

* do not forgot to turn the clocks one hour ahead this evening of March 11, 2017


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