“Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?” by Louis A. Dole

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“And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
“And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.” – Mark 16:3-4

Readings

Isaiah 60 · Mark 16 · Psalm 96

Sermon

Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. The story of the Resurrection is indeed a marvelous one. The Resurrection took place unseen by mortal eye. It was the completion of the stupendous work into which the Lord had entered, and it brought to a close the era of the world’s darkness.

Prophetic of the dawn of this new day Isaiah writes: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

The hope of immortality has ever been a part of the furniture of the human mind. When this hope is lost, life here becomes irrational, our labors vain, there is no harvest of humanity, no ultimate goal of effort. Not only is immortality necessary to the perfection of God’s plan of creation and necessary to enable Him to bestow the full measure of His blessings upon us, but the certainty of it is necessary to our life in this world, that we may see life here in its true proportions and go forward surely to a sane end. Life in this world and in the next make one life. Without a knowledge of immortality “We wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness… We stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.” How dark is the prospect of a world which ends in omnipresent death!

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“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” by Louis A. Dole

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“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” – Luke 24:32

Readings

Isaiah 60:1-5, 17-22 · Luke 24:23-35 · Psalm 96

Sermon

The joys and sorrows of this life – even of this life at its best – can scarcely sustain us in equanimity. We celebrate the Resurrection because it makes known to us the great fact of the immortality of the soul, giving to us the inspiration and joy of final victory over all that stands in the way of our happiness, and of the all-satisfying life of heaven.

The Resurrection is the most far-reaching fact of history, and in the light of it all of our life here should be lived. It is a great historical truth that once darkness covered the earth and gross darkness the people, and that those who walked in darkness saw a great light, and that to them that dwelt in the region and shadow of death a great light burst forth. Thereafter the world was never the same.

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