Submitted by rmurden on Fri, 01/30/2015 – 14:31
Today we celebrate the triumph of God’s light over the world’s darkness. That heavy and life-threatening darkness which can weary us in winter and unnerve us at night has no power over God’s good light. Even death cannot contain it. The relentless bad news that can discourage us daily does not get the last word; even Satan’s destructive power cannot do that. This light exposes darkness for the absurdity that it is and overcomes it.
But where does such light originate? It comes from the very life of God, “In [the Word of God] was life and the life was the light of mankind” (John 1:4). That is why it cannot be extinguished. There are no batteries to wear out and no power source that can run out. This light comes from the eternal life of the tribune God. Nothing can rival or remove it. It lasts forever.
Jesus’ triumph over the grave stamps into the pages of human history a permanent reminder that the God by whom and for whom all things were created cannot and will not have His holy and good purposes thwarted. God’s Word is not only the first word but also the last word.
This is a day to embrace again the light that shines forever, to believe in His name, to receive afresh His life (John 1:12), and to bear witness to it as John did (John 1:7). For then we are living as His children who take His light and reflect it into the world as the light this dark world so desperately needs.
O God, who for our redemption gave Your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by His glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with Him in the joy of His resurrection; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Cranmer’s Collect for Easter Day)
The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry
Dean and President
Professor of Systematic Theology
Trinity School for Ministry