The Last Word

Doortocht door de Rode Zee

From Kelly Brown Douglas’ Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God: “The resurrecting power of God is made fully manifest in the defeat of the ultimate power of evil represented by the cross. The resurrection is God’s definitive response to the crucifying realities. It clarifies the essential character of God’s power—a power that values life. The resurrection of the one who died such a hideous and ignominious death firmly establishes that God does not in any way sanction the suffering of human beings. The resurrection asserts the sanctity of human life as it overcomes all the forces that would deny it. The resurrection in effect makes plain the “wrongness” of the crucifixion, and thus of all crucifying realities. It shows that death does not have the last word. It is in understanding the crucifixion–resurrection event in relation to each other that allowed black people to sing, “He arose, he arose from the dead, An’ de Lord shall bear my spirit home.”

Roger

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