I preached this sermon on the subject of what living the grace (gift) of Easter might look like. The sermon was given at the Presbyterian Church.
Absorbing and redeeming the evils of the world is the hard work, with joy, to which Christians are called.
Call(s) to Action
- We are to be spiritual cleaning “routinists” – devoting our lives to confronting, absorbing, and redeeming the evils of this world – and find joy the process, in spite of sufferings
- We face suffering with joy because all things, including life and death, belong to us in Christ
- We seek out the dark places of the world with courage, because we are already victorious in Christ
11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things… 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. (ESV)