Just some notes from my sermon this past Easter, April 5, 2015. Preached at Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Portland, OR.
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
I must not believe in resurrection, if I did…
- Wouldn’t worry
- Money | Security | Reputation | Future
- Wouldn’t fear speaking up against things that angered me.
- Racism | Terrorism | Disdain for the poor
- Wouldn’t shun the sadness around me
- Homeless | Grieving | Prisoners
- Wouldn’t hesitate to dance when I hear good news.
- Not embarrassed | loving creation
- Wouldn’t doubt that God loved me
- Forgives me | Has a purpose for me
- Wouldn’t doubt that a place is reserved for me at the table.
- Includes me | wants reconciled
Resurrection is an existential matter
- Not logical… We understand that from scripture
- Not emotional… A belief that transcends my fleeting feelings
- Bedrock foundation to rely on when things go awry.
Fear and terror seized them
- They did get, at an existential level, the wonder of resurrection.
- Their unbelief was exposed
- were the first ones to struggle with the bafflement of resurrection
- Somewhere along the way, the power of belief overcame their fear and they told someone
- They told someone convincingly…who told someone else…who told us.
- We are entrusted with the end of the story
- Jewish literature
- Our belief and our unbelief are known to God (who yet loves us)
- How I want to be a witness like the brave Marys and the courageous Salome.
Even in my uncertainty, the table is set. We are loved.
- As we dine can we allow God’s grace to so enter our hearts that we can say “I believe. Help my unbelief. ” ?