Easter Sunday Matthew 18.1-10 20.4.14

14 04 2014

This is another welcome contribution from the Reverend Jan Ashton.

I would warmly welcome other guest contributions by email to stephen.cherry@durham.anglican.org . Also, offers to write sermon starters for a period of, say, a month or six weeks would be great

Gospel Passage Matthew 18.1-10

Need to Know

1. Jesus has certainly ‘been raised’. Why is this important?

2. Earthquake, lightning, snow. Why all these theatricals?

3. Why do the disciples have to go home, back to Galilee, to see Jesus?

Need to Challenge (ourselves)

1. How can we help people ‘come and see’ for themselves?

2. The guards were frozen. But around them there’s the joy, the speed and the sheer exuberance of Matthew’s portrayal of the resurrection. Be aware of ‘guards’ in your congregation. How might we respond to them?

3. We never hear the two Marys’ voices. Yet these are the apostles to the apostles. Look around your congregation. Whose voices are we not hearing? Why?

Need to Comfort

1. She wasn’t THE Mary. She was only ‘the other one’. What’s her status by the end of this story?

2. The two Marys only set off to ‘see the tomb’.  Many people visit graves this weekend. What might we say to demonstrate there may be ‘fear’ but also ‘great joy’?

3. Telling someone not to be afraid doesn’t take away the fear. Was the angel and Jesus doing an exorcism of fear which enable the two Marys ‘to feel the pain but do it anyway’ step by step?

 

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