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Victory is ours (Easter Day Sermon)

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Victory is Ours

Sermon for Easter Day 2019

Acts 10.34-43; John 20.1-18

 

May I speak in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father.

Goodness is stronger than evil;

love is stronger than hate;

light is stronger than darkness;

life is stronger than death.

Victory is ours, victory is ours

through him who loved us.

Victory is ours, victory is ours

through him who loved us.

 

These words, by Desmond Tutu (former archbishop of Johannesburg) set to music by John Bell of the Iona Community, are what came to me as I have been praying and thinking in these last few weeks about what is at the heart of the meaning of Easter.

Easter is the celebration of Christ’s endless victory over sin and death:  Jesus is the risen, conquering Son of God the Father.  He is alive; risen from the dead and Easter is our victory celebration!  Today we shout and sing: Alleluia! Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed, Alleluia! (more…)