A Sermon by Pastor Chico Martin
Gospel Reading: John 20: 1-10 (The Empty Tomb)
Christ is Risen! What an awesome and glorious gift is made for each of us to behold! The Resurrection Day! The day that marks our adoption as sons and daughters of the heavenly Father! Today, Christ delivers all of creation from darkness into light: with every breath we take, we give Glory to God. We praise him for the perfect splendor and beauty of this day, for all the majesty and unending joy he has prepared for us! We are made whole; we are made holy! Behold, Christ is Risen!
The story of this morning begins with a woman. Her name is Mary Magdalene, and she is beside herself. She has devoted herself to the way of her teacher, Jesus, the only rabbi who includes women in his society. Jesus is the man she has come to believe is the Messiah, the deliverer of her people from the oppressors of the world, and yesterday she stood with a small group of his followers and watched as this man Jesus died, hanging on a cross, another victim of this world of suffering and injustice. Mary Magdalene is heart-broken. A night has passed, a sleepless night, and she arrives before dawn at the tomb, Continue reading