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Scripture:  John 20:1-18
[ Summary:
Recognizing Resurrected Jesus. ]


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • To get started, I’m going to make some animal noises, and I want you to tell me what animals those noises belong to, ok?
  • Moooooo [cow!]
  • Meeeooooow  [cat!]
  • Baaa-aa-aa-aa  [sheep / lamb!]
  • Woof! Woof! [dog!]
  • Very good guessing!
  • Since I don’t look like any of those four animals, how did you know the noise I was making matched up with that type of animal?


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • A fancy word we use to describe what you just did there with those animal sounds is "recognize."
  • You recognized those sounds I made.
  • And the reason you were able to recognize those sounds is because you know a lot about these animals and sounds, right?
  • Another way to say it would be to say that you are familiar with these four animals and the sounds that they make.
  • I bring this up, because in today's scripture story, we hear about Mary's first interaction with the Resurrected Jesus.
  • One thing to know about Resurrected Jesus is that he somehow doesn't look like he did before the resurrection.
  • We know this because Mary doesn't recognize him right away.
  • But Resurrected Jesus sure does SOUND the same.
  • So, when he says Mary's name, in a way that Mary was familiar with -- guess what happened?
  • That's right! Mary recognized Resurrected Jesus by how he spoke to her, by how he said her name.


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • For the same reason that we were able to recognize certain animals without seeing them, Mary was able to recognize Jesus by the way he said her name.
  • But what if Mary hadn’t been familiar with Jesus and hadn't recognized his voice?
  • It’s possible that she might not have been able to recognize the Resurrected Jesus at all!
  • This, then, is a good reminder for us to keep reading, thinking, and talking about all of these Jesus stories.
  • Because the more we do those things, the more familiar we become with Jesus.
  • And, the more familiar we are with Jesus, the better able we will be at recognizing the Resurrected Jesus.
  • That is the good news for today


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for all the stories about Jesus…

Thank you for all the stories about Jesus…


…that help us be more familiar …

…that help us be more familiar …


…with who Jesus is…

…with who Jesus is…


…so that we can better recognize…

…so that we can better recognize…


…resurrected Jesus.

…resurrected Jesus.


Thank you and Amen   



Posted March 29, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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Written for Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday

Lectionary Year B

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