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Mr. Lawrence Jones: “How Will You Deal with Your Tomb?”

May 25, 2007

This week I came across a sermon by Lawrence Jones, a student at Cranmer Theological House, the REC seminary, titled How Will You Deal with Your Tomb? This sermon has some interesting thoughts, to say the least–and this portion really makes one think:

Christ rolled away the stone from our tomb and called us forth to newness of
life as he did our brother Lazarus. We each have a tomb and today it sits open, a testimony to what held sway over each of us until the saving grace of Christ freed us. That tomb is our past, our spiritually dead and sinful life. Do we roll the stone back over it to hide its presence so we can pretend it never existed, that we were always saved and never were really dead? Not really dead. Do we take everyone we meet on a detailed tour making sure they get to know every nook and cranny, showing off the life we once had? Do we compete with others and boast about our tomb saying, “My tomb was bigger than yours” as some do (present company excluded as far as I know)? Do we feel at home there and creep back because maybe, just maybe, Jesus might not be paying that much attention? Do we fondly recall how comfortable it felt sometimes when we were there? My guess is that we all are at least tempted to do these things. Early Christians were for sure. Paul’s letters make that painfully clear to us some 20 centuries after the fact.

So our tomb is open. It’s not a bad thing. There are times when we need to peek over and remember that open hole and what really lies just beyond it. There are times when our brother requires assistance and we find ourselves uniquely qualified to help because our tomb or our temptation to dwell around the opening is much like his. By God’s grace even though we were like rebellious little pigs wallowing in our sin seeing nothing beyond ourselves, He placed us in a position so that one day even our time in the spiritual
tomb might be redeemed for His service, His glory, and our brothers’ benefit.
Yes, the tomb is open, as well it should be.

I have to say this is arresting imagery, and if you’ll read the whole sermon, I think you’ll find it to be quite Biblical. I look forward to reading more of these sermons from Lawrence and his brothers in this class.  Incidentally, Lawrence has a blog, Adiaphora, if you want to check it out as well.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2007 1:10 am

    Greetings from Cranmer House! As the newsletter editor and webminister, I was very pleased to start our homily series with Lawrence’s work. The only thing better than reading it was being in the class to which he delivered it. I am very blessed to be surrounded by godly professors and students at Cranmer House. I have great hopes for the future of Anglicanism when I see men such as Lawrence preparing themselves for the priesthood.

    Please do check back with us in June, when our newsletter will feature the work of Jonathan Trebilco, another student in the CTH Homiletics class.

  2. May 27, 2007 1:44 am

    Thank YOU for the work you are doing with that newsletter–it is VERY well done. I will definitely check back with you folks in June!

  3. May 28, 2007 5:38 pm

    You are so very kind to say so! I should have mentioned before that if you would like to have the newsletter emailed to you directly, you can go to http://www.cranmerhouse.org/newsletter.htm and subscribe to our mailing list.

  4. May 29, 2007 12:57 am

    Thanks for pointing that out–I have now subscribed to the mailing list.

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