A Message from Rev. Christopher Ryan
Living things move.
Living things change.
Living things surprise.
Luke 24:1-12 – But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
John 20:14 – … [Mary] turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
John 20:16 – Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher)
The Gospel readings for Easter Sunday are two perspectives of a single event. While there are some differences in the telling, we can see a few common elements –
- A small band of Disciples looked for Jesus where they expected to find him. It was a most reasonable expectation. They went to where they last saw him. Added to that, Jesus was dead. Why would they look for him anyplace else?
- People they did not know or recognize as part of their circle of friends knew where Jesus was.
- Jesus came to them but it took a moment for them to realize who he was…so unexpected was his appearance.
- Jesus was alive.
It is because Jesus is alive that –
- Jesus is not always where we expect to find him.
- Jesus is not only among the people we know.
- Jesus comes to us unexpectedly.
It is because Jesus is alive that we celebrate.
It is because Jesus is alive in us that we, individually and as a community –
Rev. Christopher Ryan