What follows below is an extract from my Easter Day sermon. Resurrection is for me just as exciting and mind blowing as the 'Big Bang' as both of them continue to explode to this very day! Happy Easter.
For reasons that I cannot now remember I was recently reading a copy of the ‘Financial Times’ - not a newspaper I usually read or have access to. An article by one of that paper’s columnists Anjana Ahuja caught my eye. It was entitled; ‘An enigmatic universe has cast its oldest light on its oldest secret’. A great start I thought but it got better:
“Fourteen billion years ago, within a monstrously energetic, infinitesimally small fraction of a second, nothingness exploded into everything.”
The journalist goes on to explain that scientists working in the Antarctic Dark Sector Laboratory had announced that they had seen ‘echoes’ of the so called ‘Big Bang’. Echoes noticed from the way light arriving from the edge of the universe spirals. It was said that these echoes or afterglow of the primordial event ‘permeate every corner of the cosmos’. This light flowing from that first explosive flash has been described as the ‘oldest light in the universe’. As someone who studied science before theology this appeals to me and from a theological viewpoint Anuja’s opening sentence, I believe could also be used to describe the events of today – Christ’s resurrection:
“Within a monstrously energetic, infinitesimally small fraction of a second, nothingness exploded into everything.”
The resurrection event of Christ as I perceive it is a continuation of God’s creative plan and an example of God’s creative power. For like the ‘big bang’ that kicked everything off and began creation, Christ’s resurrection was similarly like a second ‘big bang’. A ‘big bang’ in that it added something beyond comprehension to the creative forces at work in the universe. As a Christian, Christ’s resurrection for me is of paramount significance, it is what my faith is built around – at the point of resurrection, within a fraction of a second the world, the universe changed. Christ exploded into new life; new life, that wonderfully creative force that permeates everything in the cosmos.
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