Easter Sunday Sermon at New Life (posted by request). This coming Sunday, we'll act out the Easter story by serving our neighbors at our Community Service Sunday!
Sunday, Apr. 21 – Resurrection of Our Lord - Luke 24:1-12 - New Life Lutheran Church of Dripping Springs, Texas - Sermon: act out the story
Luke 24:1-12 (NRSV) The Resurrection of Jesus 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 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. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
It is true in a way that, for preachers, Easter preaches itself. It is such a good story, this story of Jesus being killed by the powers that be and coming back to life to eat and drink with his amazed friends - it can’t really be improved upon, or added to, by any words. Here is the part that comes before the story of the women finding the empty tomb in the gospel of Luke. The Good Friday part:
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. 47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place,