I've been reading a variety of Good Friday Sermons and Addresses and on Easter Sunday morning, crisp and cool here in Lewes - 33F and bright - I took a few moments to cruse over to Simonsurmises, the blog of one of the best theologians I know, Simon Mein. There you can find THIS...his address for Good Friday. I recommend reading it.
Why? Why on Easter? After all, Good Friday is past, now we are at the Feast.
Well, for many of us the jump from Good Friday to Easter is not an easy one. Hope in spite of hope is hard to come by. After todays shouts of He is Risen some of us will be on the line, the line of folk who remember the human costs of war every week, week by week, and say ENOUGH! There was always enough of death, of killing, of killing hope. And yet the killing continues, even through the Resurrection shouts. So, sometimes Good Friday stays with us.
Simon is an Anglican preacher in the best of the tradition. He has the right. He is English, he is learned, he has been a priest since before the creation, and he is wise. So, a treat for Easter, a Good Friday sermon that works for more than the day.
It is Easter. He is Risen. That being the case, good friends, let us not sink down again into our old selves, but rise to the new creation promised. Time to rise up! Resurrection is neighbor to up-rising.
Jesus, remember us all.