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Get Carried Away!

He saw, and he believed
Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

Sermon Week Easter Sunday Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 20:8

On this Easter morning, let’s imagine going back in time a couple of thousand years. Jesus has come among us. He has opened up for us a new way of life. When we are in His presence, we feel as though we are in the presence of God. We have seen the power of God working through Him. We have left our families. We have left our work. We have left everything to follow Him. We are looking forward to the initiation of the Kingdom of God that He is talking about. And then, suddenly, He warns us about an impending death: His death. And we are shocked beyond words. We are plunged into the depths of despair. Everyone knows that the Messiah is to triumph and not to die a criminal's death. And then He is executed, as He said He would be. It was a very real death.

In like fashion now picture the very real mood of the first disciples on Easter Saturday. They had loved Jesus. They had left everything to follow Him. In Him, they had experienced God's Presence and God's Love as never before. He had called forth something grand from deep within them. They had begun to come alive with a new sensitivity to God's creation, a new sense of purpose in life. They had seen Him heal the sick. They had begun to sense the presence of this power of healing in themselves. And then came Palm Sunday and the glory march into Jerusalem, where they expected it all to climax with Jesus' coronation. Instead, He had been crucified -- executed in a most brutal way. And now, Sunday, as unbelievable insult has been added to unbearable injury: Jesus' enemies had robbed the tomb, stolen His dead body. They wouldn't even let Him rest in death. Or so they thought.

We read, "It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. The stone had been moved...’They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,’ she said” (Jn. 20:1,2).

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