Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 08-APR-2018 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon – Length 21:53




Easter 2 – "Living as an Easter Community" – Two days after Jesus had been betrayed by a friend, dragged before a rigged trial and brutally executed, his corpse went missing and his followers were running all over the place, confused, frightened, disillusioned and jumpy. That evening they were in a room where they had locked themselves in for security, when they were joined by Jesus, a flesh and blood human carrying the scars from the brutality to which he had recently been subjected, and he was greeted with rejoicing. A week later Jesus again appeared to them in a locked room, and Thomas, who had been absent for the first appearance, was now fully convinced that Jesus was indeed God embodied in flesh. Jesus then commissioned his disciples (who then became "apostles") to go out in the power of the Spirit, who would walk alongside them while they continued his work of proclaiming the Easter message, of God's kingdom with its fulness and abundance of life, the way God meant it to be. At the heart of the message are love, forgiveness and reconciliation.
John 20: 19-31