Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 19-APR-2020 - Easter 2 Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Easter 2 – While the disciples were huddled behind locked doors after a long and confusing weekend, they felt the presence of someone else; and when the stranger let them see the bruises and scars on his body, they realised it was Jesus. The disciples were overjoyed to be with him again. Then Jesus gave them a disturbing challenge, that he was sending them out as his Father had sent him out. He was saying, "Look at what it cost me; that's the way it will be for you." Christianity is willing to embrace real people with real bodies, real scars and real pain. We all carry wounds of one kind or another, whether we admit to them openly, or hide them from others, or deliberately bury them. We are living in times of fear, doubt and anxiety; and the invitation to follow Jesus, the risen one, continues to be a therapeutic, healing invitation. The invitation is to go out on a journey of healing, with the experiences that have marked and hurt us, and to form communities of trust and compassion where stories of woundedness are listened to, and our own woundedness is accepted.
John 20: 19-31

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