- He’s Not A Ghost
- The Disciples’ grief, doubt, & fear (3 for days them/3 weeks for us).
- Disciples must have felt like the Avengers after the infamous snap.
- Maybe they felt grief like those who love R.H.E. & her untimely death.
- Despair & fear can undermine even the greatest heroes among us.
- This Isn’t Gnosticism: True Bodily
- Gnosticism; like legalism, undermines the truth of the Christian faith.
- Unorthodox folk beliefs shut the door on transformation; self & world.
- Not just souls in disposable bodies; to be human is to be embodied.
- The creator of the universe elevates embodied humanity as beloved.
- Incarnation Is Embodied.
Resurrection Is Embodied
- The Eternal Son sets aside divinity to embrace humanity as Jesus.
- Phil. 2:5-8: [Jesus] had equal status w/ God but didn’t cling to the advantages of that status … Not at all. … he set aside the privileges of deity and … became human! … He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—by crucifixion.
- Jesus rises from the dead; embodied. He intentionally touches & eats.
- Jesus in glorified flesh leads the way ahead for us into eternity with him.
- Embodied Grace Meets Us Where We
- Baptism water; Communion bread & cup; Wedding rings; Ashes; Meals.
- We are both body & spirit, and God connects in both body & spirit.
- Communion at Convocation; the virtually present & physically present.
- Participants In The Present &
- Jesus is present for us in the means of grace today; in the bread & cup.
- We are in turn present for one another & for others who need grace.
- We have hope for what is to come, not only in what is written but also in presence and in what is experienced. We experience God here/now.