Risen: The Resurrection Appearances


April 3 - May 15, 2016

Three out of four gospels relate stories of encounters between Jesus and his followers after the resurrection. These encounters are quite different in tone and content from most of the interactions that take place before Jesus' death. They are especially instructive for us today because we, like those first disciples, encounter the risen Christ in a variety of ways.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Audio | Video | Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20

Risen (Part 1)

According to Matthew's gospel, when Jesus appears to the disciples, he issues the "great commission," sending them out to baptize and to teach. The resurrection and the great commission are inextricably linked: now that we know that God has authority even over the grave, we have nothing to fear as we go out into the world to share the good news in word and deed.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Audio | Video | John 20:11-18

Risen (Part 2)

Mary Magdalene weeps at the tomb of Jesus when she discovers that his body is missing, but her sadness turns to joy when he appears to her, revealing that he has risen. Much as she might like to remain in that moment forever, Jesus has a job for her to do.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Audio | Video | John 20:19-29

Risen (Part 3)

Jesus appears to the disciples, but Thomas wasn't there. When the disciples tell him that Jesus is alive, he struggles to believe them. Thomas represents for us the challenge of the life of faith, as we often find ourselves somewhere in between faith and doubt, belief and unbelief.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Audio | Video | John 21:1-19

Risen (Part 4)

Through a fascinating series of interactions between Jesus and some of his disciples, we discover precisely how the risen Christ meets us in our daily lives—and it's not how we would expect.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Audio | Video | Luke 24:13-35

Risen (Part 5)

Jesus meets two disciples as they are traveling the road to Emmaus, but they don't recognize him—not until he breaks bread in their presence and offers it to them. It is on the road—in the uncertainty and unsettledness of wandering—that Jesus meets us today and opens our eyes.

Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 15, 2016

Audio | Video | Luke 24:36-49

Risen (Part 6)

Just when the disciples think that God's work is done and the victory is won, Jesus makes them a promise—the gift of the Holy Spirit—that makes it crystal clear that there is still a long way to go.