“Idle Tales and Foolish Boasts” (Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31) Easter Sunday April 1, 2018

Christ Candle Lighting (all purple candles gone, unlit Christ candle at center with gold crown as centerpiece)


L:         Darkness covered the whole land as Jesus died.


P:         From Jerusalem outwards the shadow of death hovered.


L:         Yet even at the moment of his death the tombs of the saints were opened.


P:         They were raised and entered the holy city and appeared to many.


L:         Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets sent to it!


P:         Yet on this day the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee was raised from death! (light Christ candle)


L:         On this day an angel of the Lord rolled back the stone!


P:         And the soldiers guarding his tomb were terrified and became like dead men!


L:         On this day he appeared first to Mary Magdalene in the garden!


P:         On this day Peter and John saw the linen wrappings in the tomb!


L:         On this day he told the women that his disciples would see him in Galilee!


P:         On this day those women took hold of his feet and worshiped him!


L:         On this day he walked with two disciples leaving Jerusalem for Emmaus!


P:         On this day he broke bread and shared broiled fish with his friends!


L:         On this day he appeared to the disciples in the upper room and showed them his hands, feet, and side!


P:         On this day he appeared to his brother James, and more than 500 brothers and sisters!


L:         On this day, the good and great news of Jesus’ resurrection:


P:         Of the Light of the World’s triumph over the grave,


L:         Of the Lord of Mercy’s victory over sin,


P:         Of the Lord of Life’s conquest over death,


L:         On this day that message has gone out from Jerusalem to Judea,


P:         And from Judea to Samaria, and from Samaria to the ends of the earth!


L:         Christ is risen! Allelulia!


P:         Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen!


L:         Let us sing, “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus.”


Scripture (Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31)              

Our first reading comes from the good news according to Luke.    

1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.
 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3but when they went in, they did not find the body.
4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.
 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.
 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”
 8Then they remembered his words,
 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles.
 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Our second reading comes from the first letter to the Corinthians.

18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
 19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
 20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.
 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
26Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are,
29so that no one might boast in the presence of God.
30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Idle Tales and Foolish Boasts” (Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31) Easter Sunday April 1, 2018


“Idle Tales and Foolish Boasts”

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