I was stressing last night about how I thought I had a great new-to-me angle on the Luke Easter account, but then I discovered it was the exact angle I had three years ago. I posted on the RevGals Facebook page that I'm not tall afraid of a repreach or a tweak, but it is still early in the week to go down that road in my planning.
Then this morning, fresh off the treadmill and heading toward the shower, I had a new thought. I'm thinking about how different people in the Like account received The good news of the resurrection. The women were caught off guard, terrified, humbled, and eventually empowered. Most of the 11 were dismissive, but then Peter has a need to see for himself. On Easter Sunday, when we have ALL SORTS of different people in worship all over the spectrum of faith, we have some of each of these even in our midst. The good news is that the promise of the resurrection doesn't depend on how we receive it or how much we believe it or how we've reconciled it with our knowledge or logic or even our faith. God doesn't wait for us to believe to raise Jesus from the dead. God raises Jesus to new life first then invites us into the journey of faith to see what that new life is all about. Dang.
Promises and Invitations