The Promise of Easter
Date: April 12, 2020
The story we hear this morning comes form the gospel of John. Jesus is risen. The tomb where he lay is empty. On that first Easter morning Mary comes to the tomb while it is still dark. She sees that the stone has been rolled away and she draws the conclusion that Jesus has been taken. Running to Peter and that beloved disciple, she shares her concern.
Upon her return to the tomb Jesus appears to Mary as a gardener and will later appear to the disciples. She does not yet believe who she is standing with.
Things go no more smoothly for the others either. The appearance of the risen Jesus is no simple thing. As we will hear this week, the gospel story judges none of these people. For in their own time each will come to faith and believe in the risen Christ.
Easter happens when everyone thinks it’s all over. Hallelujah! Christ has risen indeed.