Easter Evening (March 27, 2016)
- First reading
- Second reading
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 | New Living Translation (NLT)
Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.
Easter is all about being made new. As I mentioned this morning, it’s cool that easter happens in the spring, just as everything is coming to life – at least if you are living here in the Shenandoah Valley. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5; “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.” In our own denomination of the Wesleyans, “Made New” is what we talk about. It comes up in conversations quite a bit. This is what Paul is writing in 1 Corinthians above. Sin is just like yeast. It doesn’t take much sin at all to make a mess of a person or even a church or the body of Christ. Look at the damage that has been done by just a little bit of sin in the body of Christ. We are to be like the unleavened bread that was baked for the Passover. They didn’t have to wait for it to rise – it was new bread – they didn’t have to wait for the leaven to work – it was ready to bake at a moments notice.
So let’s apply this – today is Easter Sunday. For many it could be a Sunday of new beginnings. Let’s celebrate by getting rid of the sin in our lives – as the writer of Hebrews says, “the sin that so easily entangles us and trips us up” and feast on the real bread from heaven – Jesus Christ. Let’s live in his truth and not truths that we have made up.