WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT GOD?
Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 98:1-5; I John 1:1-2:2; Luke 24:36b-48
THIRD SUNDAY of EASTER
May 07, 2000
I suspect that all of you know by now how fascinated I am by the reactions of the apostles and the disciples to Jesus' teachings and His resurrection appearances. It just seems to me that these accounts are included in Scripture because they describe us -- just as much as they describe them.
For the past couple weeks I have been talking about the disciples and how they must have felt. How they must have felt when Jesus was arrested, convicted, and killed ... did they feel as if God had abandoned them? Did they ask, "What did I do wrong to cause God to do this?" ... I suspect those feelings might have gone through the disciples .. and I know that many of us have had those feelings -- even if for different reasons.
Or when people began to tell them that Jesus had been resurrected. We know that some of them doubted .. questioned .. demanded proof. Again, I know those are feelings many of us have had.
In fact, most of our Easter season readings are in that vein -- can we really believe what we are being told? ... Many of our readings show the disciples struggling to understand: what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? What does it mean to be a Christian?
We tend to look at their individual struggles and miss the communal aspects. Another issue they struggled with during this time was, what does it mean to community ... to be the body of Christ? Or to use a word they did not use, What does it mean to be church? ... An excellent question at any point in time.
Notice Jesus' resurrection appearances -- notice how they were to groups of people. Notice how, once they understood and believed, their immediate reaction each time is to run ... not stroll or even walk fast but run to tell other people. The joy God brings to us cannot be contained.
Notice the proof God provides to the disciples. Not any in ...
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