Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 21-APR-2019 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Easter Day – 'I have seen the Lord' – Between the scripture readings and the sermon there is a dramatic monologue which has Mary Magdalene relating her own memories of what had happened at Jesus' tomb. When she realised that she was speaking to Jesus himself, he told her not to hold on to him, but to go back with a special message for his brothers. It was not a reprimand for wanting to touch him; it was Jesus telling her, and the men back home, that he was going back to his and their Father, who would send them another companion, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever. We spend a lot of energy holding on to beliefs, practices and customs which are no longer of any benefit – holding on to what we have been told to do or believe or understand can make us incapable of responding to the freedom to follow Christ in our own context. The Christian life is a contest between holding on and letting go.
Isaiah 65: 17-25; John 20: 1-18

Playing Time   –   23:45