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Homilies on John 20

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Not Yet Seeing, Not Yet Understanding  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
John 20: 1–9 for LFM
Summary: When we confront the Resurrection, we encounter the foundation of the Christian faith. We may believe on some level of our being in the Resurrection, but need more faith or deeper understanding. John enables us to approach the Resurrection where we are, so that we can move to where we need to be.
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Beyond the Cold, Hard Facts of Death  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
Summary: Easter morning, with its stories of the followers of Jesus running and discovering the empty tomb, is a time for grappling with the reality of death and the even greater reality of resurrection. When we truly allow the power of God’s work in Jesus’ resurrection to come into our lives, we also can move beyond the hard work of coping with the death of loved ones and all the attendant feelings and live in the new life that Jesus offers.
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Racing to the Tomb  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
John 20: 1–9 for LFM
Summary: Even though we no longer experience the breath-taking excitement of Peter and the Beloved Disciple at the news of the empty tomb, the resurrection gives us hope, feeds our faith and unifies us as the universal church.
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Scarred for Life  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus has scars. Because of those scars, Jesus’ disciples came to joy and belief. Because of those scars, Jesus knows about our scars and wants to bring healing, joy and belief to us.
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Prepare for Impact  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary:  Jesus Christ lived, died and was raised so that all who believe may live fully for God. Jesus’ resurrection calls all people to move past fear and doubt to embrace the mission of extending God’s offer of abundant life to the world.
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Cutting Thomas Some Slack  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Although the church has labeled Thomas the “doubter,” he teaches us about Christian education and about worship. After his encounter with the risen Christ, he moves from doubt to true faith.
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Doubting Believers  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary:  When we look at the implications of believing in Jesus, many of us are doubters as well as believers. Sharing those doubts is one way in which we, like Thomas, can rise above our doubts and grow in our faith.
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Easter Begins in the Dark  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
Summary:  Easter was born in the dark, and it comes still to the darkest places of our living, to bring us into the wonder of God’s loving light.
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Exactly What We Need  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary:  Jesus comes to the disciples and to Thomas, offering them exactly what they need to believe that he is the resurrected Lord. Their fear and their doubt go away when they see him. Likewise, Jesus still comes to us, offering us what we need to believe, long before we ask for it or think we might need it.
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Get a Life!  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Jesus came to give us life. This is the message of John’s gospel. Our text brings this theme to a climax and offers a portrait of Jesus giving life to his disciples and sending them forth to share his life-giving message with others.
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Beyond Our Doubts and Fears  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Though there are many fearful things in this world, with the breath of Jesus Christ in us, we can be strong to give, to forgive, to reconcile, to love, and to bring others to faith in Jesus Christ.
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Like a Rolling Stone  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
Summary: The Resurrection is the central miracle of the New Testament. Its reality validates Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. It is also the most difficult miracle for us to embrace and understand.
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Whom Are You Looking For?  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: If you have honest doubts about Jesus’ resurrection, you have nothing to be ashamed about. You are in some very distinguished Christian company. Jesus’ earliest and most devoted followers — not only “doubting Thomas,” but all of them — did not believe in his resurrection either. Not at first. But then ....
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Relighting the Lantern  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Doubting Thomas would have fit quite well in our doubting society. Doubting has become a way of life, and, as contradictory as it may sound, atheism has found its way into religion. So what makes us true believers in a world of doubt?
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Resurrection Surprise  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–23
Summary: The risen Christ didn’t speak and act like someone who had been betrayed and murdered. He was the same Jesus who had proclaimed and shown the love of God in his ministry, and came with words about peace and forgiveness. The fact that he has been raised means that love, peace and forgiveness are the ultimate future of the world. The gift of the Holy Spirit to the church empowers it to carry on the mission in the world.
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Surrogate Thomas  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: For two centuries, the church has shaken its finger at Thomas, calling him “Doubting Thomas.” Despite all that Thomas accomplished as a disciple and later an apostle, that’s what we remember most. But we needed Thomas to question the other disciples. We needed Thomas to make demands. We needed Thomas to doubt.
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The Case of the Three Locked Rooms  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Holmes and Watson discuss a mystery with which the detective is faced, “The Case of the Three Locked Rooms.” The corpse of an executed criminal appears to have been removed from his sealed tomb. His friends say that he appeared to them alive in a room that they had carefully locked. And whatever happened seems to have released them from the despair that his death brought about. The biggest mystery, Holmes concludes, is what this says about that man.
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The Deadly Power of Not Letting Go  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–30
Summary: Jesus made it clear to his followers the enormous power they hold in their hands with the issue of forgiveness. Our task is to be sure we use this power wisely, and compassionately.
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The Sad Surprise of the Empty Tomb  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
John 20: 1–9 for LFM
Summary: The empty tomb initially created a crisis for the first witnesses. They were surprised that Jesus was not there. Life offers us many examples of these sorts of sad surprises, and we must find ways to deal with them.
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The Thomas Effect  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: God helps to make peace between the siblings, Faith and Reason, so that the embrace of one is not the rejection of the other.
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Why Mary?  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
Summary: Perhaps the best way to experience the full wonder of Easter is to explore the first person ever to see our resurrected Lord. Why was it Mary Magdalene? She found her way to Easter, not by her faith, but by her love.
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Worst News / Best News  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–18
John 20: 1–9 for LFM
Summary: When confronted with the worst news possible, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb in the darkness of Sunday morning. Not knowing what had happened to Jesus’ body, she reported the disappearance to Peter and another disciple. As events progressed that morning, the worst news became the best news — best for Mary and the disciples, and best for all of us.
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What Jesus Really Said  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 19–31
Summary: Jesus didn’t appear to his disciples on Easter with a superhero “I’m back!” speech or a putdown of those who had abandoned him. Instead, it was with a message of peace and forgiveness. He had been crucified because he didn’t behave and speak as people wanted him to, and when he rose from the dead, he didn’t speak as people might have feared he would. His cross and resurrection mean the dethroning of our idols and the possibility of genuine faith in the true God. They mean our reconciliation with God.
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Inevitable Easter  Click here Click title to view sermon John 20: 1–9
Summary: We think of Easter as a miracle, as of course we should. But as the Bible tells the story, Easter was inevitable. God said it had to be so.
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