Ramble for Kirwan Uniting Church Keeping in Touch pew sheet Easter Day 2024

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare

a feast of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine —

the best of meats and the finest of wines.

On this mountain he will destroy

the shroud that enfolds all peoples,

the sheet that covers all nations;

he will swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:6-8a)

My favourite Easter Day OT reading. Unfortunately it’s Year A, and my really really last service at KUC falls in Year B, so we’ll use the Acts 10 option. But I can use Isaiah 25 for Leisa’s cousin’s and my Best Man’s funeral on Maundy Thursday. In scripture, mountains have been the setting for cosmic battles between good and evil. Such a mountain figured large in Pete’s life. His namesake St Peter Brock, and Holdens, battled the evil forces of Ford on Mt Panorama. Pete, his dad, and father-in-law were all and always Holden. Pete’s daughters, like all sorrowing, like Mary Magdalene, want to know what’s happened to him. “They’ve taken away our Lord, and we don’t know where …”

The greatest OT prophet can’t adequately answer that question. Because it’s beyond even his Holy Spirit-inspired experience or comprehension, as it is ours. St Paul in 1Cor2: “…no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.” So he reverts, as he must, to metaphor. And what a metaphor! Isaiah didn’t know anything about Bathurst Corporate Boxes or Hospitality Packages, but that’s exactly the paradigm. This Easter, not only for Pete and you and me, but for “all peoples”, death has been swallowed up for ever. St Paul again quoting Isaiah: Death has been swallowed up in Victory!

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son!


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