While You Slept: An Easter Message


An empty easter egg to symbolize Christ’s empty tomb.

A friend of mine asked if I would post here on Feast on the Word the Easter talk I gave yesterday in church. Since I’ve been really busy with my fiction writing lately, I decided to go for it: sharing my talk counts as a post, right?

The text looked lonely by itself, so I added a title. And because the talk is quite long, I’ve divided it over a few pages, so don’t forget to click through. I’ll be impressed if someone actually reads the whole thing!

Talk given by Angelica Hagman on Easter Sunday April 31, 2013

While You Slept

This Easter week, we celebrate Jesus Christ, our Savior. In particular, we honor his atoning sacrifice on our behalf, his death on the cross, and his glorious resurrection.

Atonement, Resurrection…big, complicated words if you are unfamiliar with them – and sometimes even when you know their significance. So let me clarify, just a bit.

In the scriptures, we learn that “no unclean thing can dwell with God.” (1 Ne 10:21) But when Adam and Eve fell by partaking of the fruit in the garden of Eden, mankind was shut off from God’s presence. Because of this fall, humans sin, and our sins make us spiritually dirty. Which, as we’ve already mentioned, means we can’t dwell with God.

So, are we lost forever? Can we never return to our beloved Father?

Enter Jesus Christ. Christ, Heavenly Father’s sinless son, conquered two major obstacles that separate us from God: spiritual and physical death.

Christ conquered spiritual death by paying the price for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane through what we call the Atonement. And three days after his crucifixion on Golgatha, he conquered physical death when his body and spirit reunited in an event we call the Resurrection.

And here’s the best part: because of Christ’s atonement and resurrection, we will also rise again and, if we live righteously, return to our Heavenly Father.

These Easter events, then, are really worth celebrating. Think about it: Christ won the victory over physical and spiritual death! No other set of events in human history comes close in importance.

All right. Now that we have a general idea of why we celebrate Easter, let me begin my message today.

Many of you know I am a writer. And my job as a writer is to put fictional characters on journeys. To give them something to do. To help them feel. To help them discover themselves and their purpose. And – hopefully – to help them change for the better.

Today, I’m going to do something a little bit different. I’m going to ask you to be my character.

Oh, and just to warn you: I’m going to take some artistic liberties from here on out, to better highlight emotional truth. I did warn you that I’m a writer. 

Okay. Let’s get started.

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  1. This was beautiful, Angelica, and I’m so glad I got to enjoy it even though I wasn’t at church on Sunday. It really brought home the humanity of the other participants in Christ’s story.

    • angelicahagman says:

      Thanks for reading, Erica! I’m impressed you made it through, especially with all that’s going on in your life right now. (I can’t wait to meet her!)

  2. Mycket bra tal Angelica!!!

    Nytt sätt att se på påsken/försoningen


  3. Awesome talk! I loved reading it!

  4. lindsey says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it here, I was so sad to have missed you speak in church. This is wonderful. Thank you for your insights.

  5. I may be extremely biased but I don’t care: This is wonderfully written and touched me in a profound way. I really needed to read that, again. And I will need to read it again and again.
    Thank you!

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