The locked room.

28 April 2019

When Jesus was raised from the dead, he was not the same as he had been before. There was another dimension to him. When he accepted the journey to the cross, he put aside his divinity so that he could die as a human. He suffered pain, and didn’t ask angels to deliver him from it. He died just like any other human would. But Jesus was not only fully human, but fully divine. We can see this in what happened after his resurrection. He appeared in the midst of the disciples, even though the door was locked. He had taken up his supernatural, his divine self, and the rules of physics wouldn’t get in the way of him being where he needed to be. Continue reading

Sermon: Doubt and Faith.

Last week we celebrated the great feast day of Easter, when the highlight of the story is Jesus’ resurrection. This week our readings look at some of the witnesses to that resurrection, and their reactions too.

Our Gospel reading tells us simply that Jesus came and stood among the disciples, saying Peace be with you. He appeared even though the door was locked! This is a clue to the nature of his resurrection body – there is something different about it. It is not the same as his earthly body. And yet he was still physical, still made of flesh. He showed the disciples the wounds in his hands and side, establishing that it really was he that stood with them. Unfortunately Thomas wasn’t there, and had trouble believing the story that the disciples so excitedly related to him. Let’s wind the clock back a couple of weeks where we met Thomas before, in the story of Lazarus. You may remember that it was Thomas who urged Jesus and the disciples to go to Lazarus, even though Jesus had just told them that he had already died. Thomas believed that Jesus could raise Lazarus from the dead, at that point. Continue reading