April 5th Sermon Reflection

The Scripture texts for Easter Sunday were Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, and John 20:1-18.  The John passage is very predictable, since it is (surprise, surprise!) the story of the Resurrection!  The verses from Psalm 118 are perhaps less so, and it is these verses that will serve as the text for my sermon this Easter Sunday.  Psalm 118 is a psalm of victory.  What day in the Christian calendar is more victorious than Easter Sunday?  The psalmist writes, “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” (vs. 1)

The hottest trend in text messaging today is the disappearing text message.  For example, the Snapchat app ensures that your note will self-destruct after viewing.  Wut makes your message totally anonymous. These days you can send a message that’s temporary, ambiguous and totally untraceable.  Thankfully, God wants nothing to do with it.  The message of Easter is a message of resurrection that has withstood the test of time.  It provides us with a message that endures.

The love of God does not self-destruct.  When God speaks, when God works, God does so in public, powerful and world-changing ways.  As N.T. Wright says, “The resurrection … is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.  The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”  There are no Snapchats with God!