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Nelson Mandela: The Lamentations of Jeremiah And The Crown Of Eternal Life

by | 6th, December 2013

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NELSON Mandela is dead. From passive resistance against apartheid to charges of treason; to ANC violence; to life imprisonment on Robben Island; to international symbol of hope; to respected global statesman; to Nobel Laureate; to President of South Africa; to  World Elder  and a remaining lifetime dedicated to peace and reconciliation. It was as though his life had an appointment with destiny to be a living incarnation of grace and forgiveness, writes Cranmer .

He made a famous walk to freedom after 27 years on Robben Island. Thousands greeted him in ecstasy. Now he has made his final walk to eternal freedom to be in the presence of Christ. And the Heavenly Host greeted him in raptures of Hallelujah!

In his 1992  Easter sermon  to the Zionist Christian Church in the holy city of Moria, he began with the Lamentations of Jeremiah:

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us:
consider, and behold our reproach,
Our land is turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners,
We are orphans and fatherless, our Mothers are as widows,
We have to pay for our water; and our wood is sold unto us,
Our necks are under the yoke of oppression, we labour, and we have no rest.

He spoke as ‘fellow worshipper’; his presence there was ‘an act of communion’; ‘an act of renewal and rededication’, observing that the festival of Easter, which is so closely linked with the festival of the Passover, marks the rebirth of the resurrected Messiah,

who without arms,
without soldiers,
without police and covert special forces,
without hit squads or bands of vigilantes,
overcame the mightiest state during his time.

Mandela on love

 

He continued:

This great festival of rejoicing marks the victory of the forces of life over death of hope over despair.

As we bow our heads in prayerful worship this day, our minds cannot but dwell on the evil of violence that today stalks our land. We cannot but call to mind the cries of mothers violated, brutalised and outraged by armed foreign mercenaries and killers in our midst.

As we lower our heads in supplication to the Lord of Hosts, the blood-curdling battle cries of armed men,

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