Easter Sermon - 4/23/11 - John 20:1-18 - "Just One More Surprise"
Read the Gospel text here: St. John 20:1-18 Just One More Surprise - Easter Sermon 2011 Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! It had been a terrifying week for the followers of Jesus. He had entered Jerusalem in triumph and they all expected that the time had finally come – Jesus was finally going to reveal himself as the victorious Messiah. All Jesus’ followers were primed and ready to begin the revolution. But Jesus had withdrawn and had not followed through. What a disappointment! As time passed, the disciples and the crowds began to get frustrated and angry. What kind of Messiah is this, they wondered? By the middle of the week almost everyone had turned against him. Even Jesus’ closest disciples were grumbling and one, Judas, had begun to make plans to turn Jesus over to the authorities. Betrayal was in the air. And it was all because Jesus just didn’t seem to understand what was expected of him. Jesus just didn’t seem to understand what it mea