An Unfinished Life

That first Easter was a shock to everyone. No one expected a resurrection. No one (but God and Jesus) thought there would be another ending to Jesus’ story and message. The Gospel of Mark, our earliest account, is brief. This is typical for Mark, who uses few words to share the story of the resurrection. The women who go to the tomb have a completely normal human reaction; both terror and amazement overwhelm them. Mark’s story is perhaps less satisfying than the other gospels, but it does hit home. What God has done is incomprehensible. Among other things, this is a story of how God shows up at the places of our deepest pain and sorrow, the places where life has been so badly damaged by evil, disappointment, and death. Mark’s account is so different from the other gospels, it leaves us wondering, what will happen next? Yet that is a good way to approach God, trusting that God will not fail to act or to love. On Easter, we come to hear again God’s message of hope and life for us. We come to taste a bit of the resurrection life and have our faith revived by the possibilities of what God can do. When the world acts so terribly and when the future looks so uncertain, we need to know that God can still do something life-changing and world-altering. Join us as we worship the God who cannot be stopped by human troubles or even death itself. This Easter we worship and live the reality that Christ is risen and our lives are forever changed.

Dave Summers, PhD
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
602-840-8360 Ext 131

 

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