Through Easter Death is defeated for all, or death is not defeated at all.

Through Easter Death is defeated for all, or death is not defeated at all.

Through Easter Death is defeated for all, or death is not defeated at all.

On Easter morning, the first to witness the reality of the resurrection are women. They met Jesus and they are the first to worship him. At the same time the men presumably are hiding in some basement in case Pilate’s lust for blood is not yet satisfied. Naturally that disqualifies women from holding ecclesiastical office.

Human imagination in the emerging church infused the miracle of Easter with an ample amount of self-serving narratives. They confirm male privileges and the social hierarchies of Roman paganism. It also created an understanding of salvation that is very selective.

Jesus died to reconcile God with a failed humanity. In dying he has destroyed death. But when death is defeated, death is defeated for everybody or death is not defeated at all. Salvation is universal or there is no salvation at all.

Rev. Olaf Baumann, Easter sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 4/16/2017.

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