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Scripture:  Luke 24:36b-48
[ Summary:
Resurrection is a recipe that helps the disciples be witnesses. ]


Supplies Needed: Two slices of bread, a stick or container of butter / margarine, a chunk or slice of cheese, and a frying pan


ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • So, I've decided that I'm going to have lunch, here, today. I've brought it with me.
  • Before I eat it, I thought I’d let you guess at what I'm going to have.
  • I'll give you a few clues, first.
  • [Hold up two pieces of bread] -- Can you tell me what I'm holding?
  • That's right - two pieces of bread.
  • [Hold up a container or stick of butter / margarine] -- And now what am I holding?
  • Yep -- right again! So with these two ingredients / things, what could I have for lunch? (a butter sandwich, maybe)
  • That's a good suggestion! But I just realized that I forgot to show you the other piece of food that I have. Sorry about that. I was so excited about the butter...
  • [Hold up a slice/chunk of cheese] -- Can you tell me what I'm holding now?
  • Right again! Cheese!
  • NOW what kind of lunch can I make with these three ingredients? (a cheese sandwich!)
  • So...should I put the butter on the inside or the outside of the bread? [pause for answers...then...]
  • Wait-wait-wait! I did it again and forgot ONE last thing.
  • [Hold up frying pan] -- Can you tell me what I'm holding up now?
  • That's right, a frying pan! And pretending that I had a stove, with these four things, NOW what do you think I’m going to have for lunch? (wait for the answer of "Grilled Cheese Sandwich")
  • Yes, that’s exactly what I’m going to have for lunch – a grilled cheese sandwich!


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • When we make something that has more than one piece of food in it, we call it a recipe.
  • Every time I showed you more of what was in my lunch recipe, the better able you were to tell me and the rest of the congregation what I was going to have for lunch.
  • We see the same thing happen with the disciples in today's scripture story. Jesus is resurrected but the disciples haven’t seen enough of the Resurrected Jesus to understand what it all means.
  • So Jesus helps them understand in today’s story.
  • First, Jesus helped them remember who he was. He showed them his scars and then ate with them (they had fish instead of grilled cheese sandwiches).
  • Then, Jesus talked to them about other scripture stories to help them think about what was currently happening.
  • Then, Jesus talked to them about turning their attention to God (the fancy word for that is “repentance”) and forgiveness.
  • After all of that, Jesus then tells them, "Now that you understand and see what I’ve been telling you, you can go tell others." (a.k.a. be witnesses)


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

  • So, remember how you had to be able to see all the ingredients I had for lunch before you could clearly tell others what I was going to have for lunch?
  • Jesus had to do the same thing with the disciples. He had to help them see how everything fit together before they could clearly tell others what they knew about Jesus.
  • And guess what? IT WORKED!
  • The disciples went out and shared with the people around them what they had learned and seen with Jesus.
  • Which is one reason why, 2000 years later, we're still talking about the Jesus stories.
  • And this is the good news for today: The more we learn about Jesus from the stories that the original disciples and their disciples shared, the better able we will be able to share and talk about those stories of Jesus with each other and the people around us.


CLOSING Prayer

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

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for the disciples...

Thank you for the disciples...


...who shared everything...

...who shared everything...


...they saw and learned...

...they saw and learned...


...from following Jesus.  

...from following Jesus.  


Please help us...

Please help us...  


...to do the same.  

...to do the same.


Thank you and Amen



Posted April 12, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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Written for Sunday, April 19, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Year B

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