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Summary: This is a Easter sermon dealing with the pain of Good Friday its connection with the pain of Easter and the Joy of the Resurrected Christ.

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Easter moves us from Friday to Sunday, from death to new life.

Friday, in Christian reckoning, is a null-point wherein the power of God is defeated by the empire of force. But the church has found in that Friday shut-down the transformative work of God.

It is a Friday truth that suffering love has transformative power that the “executioners” never suspect. What I mean to say that it is the act of crucifixion of power that really show who Jesus is. It was not until the Church Lied on Jesus that The State was able to crucify him, it was not until the Good Jews on the time of Jesus who went to church and kept the Passover and prayed the prayers decided to conspire with the cradle to prison pipeline that morality and legality got mixed up.

Sunday follows Friday.

Sunday—Easter Sunday and all of the Easter Sundays to follow—exhibits the transformative power of God’s new life in the world. Yes I know we have come this morning to get our Easter Shout on, But the Challenge is that Easter is not all fun and Games that there is Pain in the middle of the Celebration. I tell you we need to think of Easter as more of a funeral celebration of Life then a Christmas Pageant.

We cannot escape the particularity of that surprise in that ancient moment when the Nails are pressed in to the hands and feet of the Savior, We can not escape the pain of seeing the salvation of the world lynched on a cross.

Let me see if I can explain, In the 1630s English Puritans represented their journey across the Atlantic to America as the exodus of a New Israel out of Old World slavery into a promised land of milk and honey. And through the centuries, the story Thanksgiving Story of the American Israel would serve as our nation’s most powerful and long-lasting myth.

But to black Americans the nation was not a New Israel but the old Egypt, condemned to sure destruction unless she let God’s people go.

The existence of slavery, segregation, discrimination, and racism contradicted the mythic identity of Americans as a chosen people. I

African-American Christianity has continuously confronted the nation with troubling questions about American exceptionalism.

Perhaps the most troubling was this: “If Christ came as the Suffering Servant, who resembled Him more, the master or the slave?”

Suffering-slave Christianity stood as a prophetic condemnation of America’s obsession with power, status, and possessions. African-American Christians perceived in American exceptionalism a dangerous tendency to turn the nation into an idol and Christianity into a clan religion.

In other words, it was clear that the Pain of Slavery and its legacy was to much to allow any real celebration. Any time someone tried to celebrate the Easter time of the American Society, there would be someone to remind him or her of the Good Friday of our Journey now. I challenged you that you can’t have Easter in any form without the recall of Good Friday.

Divine election brings not preeminence, elevation, and glory, but—as black Christians know all too well—humiliation, suffering, and rejection.


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