It Comes As No Surprise

**You are witnesses to this** (Luke 24:48).

John 14:18
Acts 3:13-15,17-19; Psalms 4:2,4-7,9; I John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48

Sermon Week/Year

Third Sunday of Easter,

Sermon Topic


It isn’t always easy to say the right thing on the spur of the moment. Consequently, it is easy to sympathize with the fellow who met an old friend with whom he hadn’t been in touch for many years …

“How’s your wife,” he asked. “Oh, haven’t you heard?” the friend replied, “She’s in Heaven.” “I’m so sorry,” the poor fellow stammered. Then he realized this was not quite the thing to say, so he added, “I mean, I’m glad!” That didn’t seem quite right either, so he quickly said, “I mean to say I’m surprised.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, the disciples are more than surprised by the sudden appearance of the Risen Christ in their midst. They were “in a state of alarm and fright,” Luke tells us. “They thought they were seeing a ghost.” Moreover, it was not easy for them to find the right thing to say on the spur of the moment. In fact, in Luke’s version of the event, they…

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