Resurrection on Parade – part 1 of 4

Since it’s a leap year, I thought I’d jump backwards instead and post a talk I shared at church in April of 2010.  I love Resurrection and all that encompasses this majestic belief of ours.  So, upon request, here is my “Resurrection on Parade,” which will appear in a handful of posts.

 

Resurrection on Parade

[Second Sunday after Easter ~ 4/18/10]

I hate parades.

Anyone else here hate parades?

Now, no offense to anyone who wakes up excited about the next parade they’re going to go to on any given morning.  But it’s a free country and I want to declare it.

I HATE PARADES!

My Mom, she loves parades.  In fact, she watches the Macy’s parade every year.  And, every year, if we are together you can bet that she’s going to ask me if I want to watch it.

I didn’t always hate parades.  In fact, just like most kids growing up, I loved them, for all of these reasons:

  • free candy and
  • waving mini-flags and
  • Santa’s appearance at the end.

That’s there’s the genius of getting people to come to a parade: deceiving them with candy and fat men with free stuff.

But over time, I grew to hate parades.

This is for a lot of reasons.

  • I was ALWAYS dragged to parades when I’d rather sleep in
  • The candy was always the worthless generic stuff or candy I that hate like Tootsie Rolls  {I’m a name candy kind of guy!}
  • Those annoying people in the parade

Not everybody in the parade bugs me, just the annoying people.

    • The pageant queens – who waves like that?
    • The people who you have no idea why they’re in the parade
    • Guys in funny hats that drive souped-up mini-cars – shot a water gun into the crowd & directly into my eye

The worst part of my relationship with parades?  The first time I got to skip one, I got violently sick, missing the toilet upon projection.

     {Revenge of the Parade!}

So, yeah, I hate parades.

Which brings me to our Scripture for this….

Luke 24:36-49

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.  He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?  Look at my hands and my feet.  It is I myself!  Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.  And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

To be continued….

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About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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