Sermon Reflection for Sunday, March 27th
We often use the word "unbelievable" as a point of emphasis, similar to an exclamation point. The resurrection, however, is an event that is truly beyond the normal bounds of belief. The disciples who had seen miracles personally and believed Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah, did not believe initially. The skepticism of the disciples must have been an "I guess you had to be there" moment for the women who saw the empty tomb themselves. Of course, we don't have the ability to view that empty tomb for ourselves and often struggle to explain it to others.
The resurrection can be compared to the recent discovery of Planet Nine. Planet Nine, believed to be located at the outer limits of our Solar System, has not been seen visually. However, scientists believe in its existence because it is the only plausible explanation for how objects in that portion of the Solar System move. The resurrection is much the same. While we cannot see an empty tomb literally,
we acknowledge it because of our faith and because of the "resurrection stories" we experience in our life and in our midst. When asked to present "evidence", we point to the new life of baptism we witness as people become a part of the Body of Christ, the new life that springs forth in this place as we grow in love and fellowship, the transformation we see in people as the hardhearted become filled with peace and humility when they accept the forgiveness of Christ. The Gospels do not explain the resurrection, the resurrection explains the Gospels.
We are an Easter people and as we continue through this joyous season may we continue to know the peace that passes all understanding.
Respectfully submitted by Kelley Dial