Sermon Transcript – The Most Impressive Scars… Ever!

1 Year Lectionary – Second Sunday of Easter – Sunday, April 24, 2022 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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0:27Alleluia he has risen from
0:30the dead and behold he is going before
0:33you to galilee alleluia eight days later
0:37Jesus came and stood among them and said
0:40peace be with you hallelujah the holy
0:43gospel according to saint john the 20th
0:55on the evening of that day the first day
0:56of the week the door is being locked
0:58where the disciples were for fear of the
1:00Jews Jesus came and stood among them and
1:02said to them peace be with you
1:05and when he had said this he showed them
1:06his hands and his side then the
1:09disciples were glad when they saw the
1:10lord and Jesus said to them again peace
1:12be with you as the father has sent me
1:14even so i am sending you and when he had
1:16said this he breathed on them and said
1:18to them receive the holy spirit if you
1:21forgive the sins of anyone they are
1:22forgiven if you withhold forgiveness
1:24from anyone it is withheld now Thomas
1:27one of the twelve called the twin was
1:28not with them when Jesus came so the
1:31other disciples told him we have seen
1:33the lord but he said to them unless i
1:35see his hands in the marks of the nails
1:37and place my finger into the marks of
1:39the nails and place my hand into a side
1:41i will never
1:43believe eight days later his disciples
1:45were inside again and thomas was with
1:47them and although the doors were locked
1:49jesus came and stood among them and said
1:50peace be with you then he said to thomas
1:53put your finger here
1:55and see my hands put out your hand and
1:57place it in my side do not disbelieve
1:59but believe thomas answered him my lord
2:01and my god and jesus said to him you
2:04have believed because you have seen me
2:05but blessed are those who have not seen
2:07and yet have believed now jesus did many
2:10other signs in the presence of the
2:11disciples which are not written in this
2:13book but these are written so that you
2:15may believe that jesus is the christ the
2:17son of god and that by believing you may
2:19have life in his name this is the gospel
2:22of the lord christ is risen
2:25indeed hallelujah hallelujah in the name
2:28of jesus amen
2:31on the evening of that day the day of
2:33the resurrection the first day of the
2:34week the doors being locked where the
2:36disciples were for fear of the jews
2:38that’s how our gospel text begins and
2:40i’ll take a swipe at the reformed here i
2:43have to do it it’s just from time to
2:45time you got to just challenge some of
2:47the things they say so the reformed are
2:49the ones who say that christ cannot be
2:52physically present in the lord’s supper
2:55and here’s the reason why because we all
2:58know that bodies can only be at one
3:00place at one time this was zwingli’s
3:03stupid argument and therefore christ is
3:06seated at the right hand of the father
3:08so he can’t possibly be present
3:11in the lord’s supper
3:12well last time i checked despite
3:16repeated attempts at trying to walk
3:18through walls yeah human beings just
3:20don’t have that ability bodies seem to
3:23stop when they run into the matter of a
3:25wall jesus here the doors being locked
3:28the windows shut
3:31there’s no way for him to get into this
3:33right into this upper room so if you
3:36were to ask an honest
3:38calvinist how he did it you know if
3:40you’re going to be consistent how did
3:42jesus appear in the midst of the room
3:43because we all know that well you guys
3:45are experts on what human bodies can and
3:48can’t do
3:49and i will say this some calvinists of
3:51the past have said well obviously while
3:54they weren’t looking jesus snuck in and
3:56climbed up through a window
4:01no text says that so
4:04just have to point that out this is one
4:06of the weaknesses of the reformed view
4:09but that being the case we’re going to
4:11note that jesus christ by virtue of the
4:13hypostatic union is both god and man in
4:18one jesus and the communication of the
4:21attributes of the divinity as it relates
4:23to christ’s person have an impact on
4:26what his human body is capable of doing
4:29and so we’re going to note that christ
4:31is capable of doing whatever christ
4:33wants to do by virtue of the fact that
4:35he is both god and man and this is one
4:38of those things it’s weird to kind of
4:40start a
4:41sermon off with that but might as well
4:43it’s that we’re just walking our way
4:44through the text right so next it was
4:46the important bit
4:48jesus came and stood among them and
4:50listened to the words that he said peace
4:53be with you
4:55notice that when jesus appears to his
4:57disciples he doesn’t say
4:59dudes what’s with this i was on trial
5:02you guys scattered and oh man peter you
5:06denied me three times to a slave girl
5:09come on what’s wrong with you no notice
5:12no scolding at all and there’s a reason
5:14why and that is because
5:16the peace that christ is referring to is
5:19the peace that he won
5:21he won this on the cross by defeating
5:24the devil by defeating sin by defeating
5:28death he did this by reconciling us to
5:30the father by bleeding and dying for all
5:33of our sins and so i would note kind of
5:35front load it here are you terrified of
5:38the day of standing before jesus because
5:40you know the sin that you have committed
5:43the things that you’ve done the things
5:44you’ve left undone the things you should
5:46have done the things you didn’t do the
5:48things you thought that you shouldn’t
5:50have thought the things you thunk that
5:51you shouldn’t have thunk right all of
5:54that note then christ does not come here
5:57today to scold us either
6:00you heard from the mouth my mouth the
6:03authority given in this text to forgive
6:06you of your sins not to scold you the
6:08scripture is clear even though your sins
6:10be as scarlet christ because of what he
6:13has done for you makes you white as snow
6:16and so that is an important thing so
6:18christ comes speaking peace not scolding
6:21not wrath because he suffered god’s
6:23wrath in our place and then when he had
6:26said this he showed them his hands and
6:29his side and here i’m gonna do a little
6:32bit of an analogy have you guys ever
6:34noticed this that dudes have a thing
6:36they do they like to like do the one-up
6:39game when it comes to scars right oh you
6:42think that’s a that’s an impressive scar
6:43well let me show you the one that i got
6:45right dudes are this is like a
6:47testosterone thing and one of the best
6:49depictions of this particular behavior
6:51of men is in the movie jaws all right
6:55you guys remember this movie probably
6:56one of the best movies of all time
6:57cinematically it’s just a well told
7:00story so act three of jaws begins with
7:03them out on the water in a tiny boat
7:06it’s not that big of a boat hunting this
7:08killer man-eating shark and after a day
7:10of hunting the shark it’s night time and
7:13what are they doing they’re have they’re
7:15gathered around the cabin galley
7:17table and
7:18they start showing off their scars
7:22hooper rolls up his sleeve and says take
7:24a look at that that right there is from
7:25amore hill bit right through my wetsuit
7:28well quit not to be out then rolls up
7:30his pant leg and says you see that right
7:32there that’s a thresher shark right and
7:34so they’re going back and forth the best
7:35line in the in that portion of the movie
7:37is when hooper opens up his his shirt
7:40and says you see that right there that
7:41one right there
7:42mary ellen moffatt she broke my heart
7:47it’s such it’s such a quintessential
7:50thing about dudes and here’s the reason
7:52why dudes do this it’s kind of a
7:54testosterone kind of thing because it’s
7:57not about the scar it’s about the story
7:59about what gave you the scar right
8:02yeah when you think of them like the
8:03movie gladiator where they depict men
8:05who’ve actually been in battle with
8:07swords and things like this you know
8:08they’ve got scars there’s their bodies
8:11are marred and
8:12mangled but here’s the thing if we think
8:15about it in this context this is a great
8:18testosterone moment jesus is showing off
8:20his scars why because who did he go up
8:23against the devil himself death and he
8:27conquered it all oh those are the best
8:29scars ever i have to do kind of a tim
8:31allen thing from tool time
8:36that is our conquering jesus these are
8:39the best scars ever because they are the
8:42scars of his victory in the battle that
8:46he waged in order to set us free from
8:49the dominion of darkness it is
8:53good and again jesus said to them peace
8:56be with you and this is the peace that
8:58comes from the conquering christ as the
9:01father now has sent me i even so i am
9:04sending you and here jesus is doing
9:06something very interesting this is the
9:09beginning of the setting up of the
9:11office of the ministry it begins with
9:13the foundation of the apostles and
9:15continues on to this day with pastors
9:18who are called by the holy spirit to
9:20preach the word to absolve people of
9:22their sins and to administer the
9:23sacraments and something interesting
9:26happens here of a sentence that for
9:28years kind of boggled me
9:30in it and this is the sentence he says
9:32and when he said this he breathed on
9:34them and said to them
9:37receive the holy spirit
9:42and i’ve read this many times and just
9:45looked at it
9:48and drawn a blank
9:50there it is it’s
9:52pretty clear what occurred here but
9:54what’s the significance of it
9:56well if i could let me consider one way
9:59of looking at this
10:01back in the
10:03book of genesis genesis chapter 2. it
10:05talks about how adam was made and in
10:08chapter 2 verse 5 it says when no bush
10:10of the field was yet in the land no
10:12small plant of the field had yet sprung
10:14yahweh elohim had not caused it to rain
10:17on the land and there was no man to work
10:19the ground and a mist was going up from
10:21the land and was watering the whole face
10:23of the ground and then yahweh elohim
10:25formed the man of the dust from the
10:27ground and he breathed into his nostrils
10:30the breath of life and the man became a
10:34living creature
10:37all right so
10:39let me kind of make the connection here
10:41and then we’ll pull in our old testament
10:43text too because i think it makes the
10:44point as well you see we because of adam
10:48and eve’s sin were born dead in
10:49trespasses and sins in a similar way
10:51this imagery is the same as what we see
10:53here in genesis there’s adam’s formed
10:56but still lifeless body
10:59and christ breathes into his nostrils
11:01the breath of life and he says happy
11:03birthday right the first thing he sees
11:06is the the face of christ it’s his day
11:09that he has created and so that’s the
11:12idea now the church has been given the
11:14holy spirit and the gospel itself and
11:17christ by here
11:19giving the spirit to his disciples who
11:22become the apostles that it’s the the
11:26image then is this that in the church
11:28the holy spirit exists and resides
11:31breathing the life of the good news of
11:33god over
11:35fallen sinful dead humanity and god
11:38raises them from the dead through the
11:40preaching of the gospel i think that’s a
11:42good way to put it and it ties in really
11:44wonderfully with our ezekiel text where
11:47there’s the valley of the dry bones and
11:50well poor ezekiel you know he’s asked by
11:52god can these bones live well you you
11:56you know god you know all things sure
11:58you you tell me it says so prophesy to
12:01the wind and what does he do he
12:02prophesies to the wind
12:04and the spirit of god comes and puts in
12:07you and
12:08put the bones back together and the
12:09rattling and then they stand up that’s
12:12what the gospel does for each and every
12:14one of us sin isn’t our friend sin kills
12:17sin is a toxin sin is a poison and it’s
12:20it’s well effects are mortally
12:22fatal and so you’ll note that christ
12:25giving his church the spirit breathing
12:28on them receiving the holy spirit it’s
12:30that same imagery that god now is
12:33raising dead sinners to the preaching of
12:35the gospel through those whom he has
12:38sent to preach the good news and of
12:40course they have authority from him if
12:42you forgive the sins of any they are
12:44already forgiven if you withhold
12:46forgiveness for many it is withheld one
12:49of the great quotes i read this week in
12:51my sermon prep on this
12:53was from johan gerhart he had an
12:55admonition for pastors in his sermon he
12:58said pastors do not let these keys get
13:00rusty make sure that they stay well
13:04clean from lots of use use the keys that
13:07god has given us often because we
13:09sinners need to be set free from our
13:11sins over and over and over again and be
13:14assured of the forgiveness that is in
13:18so well thomas he missed the meeting you
13:20know apparently he didn’t get the email
13:22letting him know about
13:23the meeting and so he wasn’t there when
13:25jesus appeared and jesus shows him
13:28kindness as well no scolding for thomas
13:31thomas one of the twelve called the twin
13:33was not with them when jesus came so the
13:35other disciples told him we have seen
13:37the lord but he said to them unless i
13:40his hands and the marks of the nails and
13:42place my finger into the mark of the
13:44nails and place my hand into a side i
13:47will never believe and it’s sad here if
13:50you think about it because thomas is not
13:53believing the report of his of the other
13:55disciples they have no reason to lie to
13:58him at all and he’s not listening to
14:02and i think if you were to think of it
14:03this way thomas is kind of a stand-in
14:05then for the skeptical world and his
14:09the mercy that christ shows him and
14:10appearing to him is the same mercy that
14:13god gives to those who have who struggle
14:15with doubts regarding the veracity of
14:17the christian faith christ doesn’t come
14:19to school he comes to point this out and
14:22so thomas is their saint if you would
14:25the saint of those who feel like they
14:28evidence to believe and the evidence is
14:30given to thomas and his confession and
14:32his report should be enough for them so
14:35eight days later it’s sunday again the
14:38day now that we referred to as the lord
14:40day lord’s day his disciples were inside
14:43and thomas was with them and although
14:45the doors were locked jesus came and
14:47stood among them and said apparently
14:49jesus is a good lock picker you know and
14:52he’s able to sneak in when no one’s
14:54looking right
14:55yeah although the doors were locked
14:57jesus came and stood among them and said
14:59peace be with you
15:01so then he said to thomas put your
15:03finger here and see my hands and put out
15:05your hand and place it in my side
15:07it shows him as well the scars
15:11that were inflicted on his body
15:13in his great battle even to save thomas
15:16and i would note something here the fact
15:18that christ has these scars
15:20proves definitively that the body that
15:23christ rose in is the same body that
15:25hung on the tree when it’s it’s not some
15:28different body it’s the same exact body
15:31glorified now and immortal put your
15:33finger here see my hands put out your
15:35hand place it in my side do not be
15:38disbelieving that’s the way the verbs
15:40really work in greek do not be
15:42disbelieving but believe and thomas then
15:45utters this beautiful confession and his
15:47words are most certainly true he
15:50answered him hakurios
15:53you are my lord and my god and that is
15:56exactly who jesus is he’s our lord he’s
15:59our god and he comes bringing us tidings
16:02of peace
16:03tidings of forgiveness and
16:04reconciliation of joy evermore of a
16:07salvation given as a gift he comes to us
16:12not to scold us but to save us to bring
16:14us to repentance so that we can be
16:17adopted as his children and receive the
16:21assured by what christ has done for us
16:23on the cross
16:25so jesus said to him have you believed
16:27because you’ve seen me
16:29blessed are those who have not seen and
16:31yet have believed and note that we are
16:34among that group we
16:36christ speaks to us today and says that
16:39we are blessed we are truly blessed i
16:41haven’t seen jesus i’ve never met him
16:44i’ve never had coffee with him you know
16:46if he were walking down the streets of
16:48grand forks i don’t know if i would
16:50recognize him unless he made himself
16:52known but do not worry
16:54we are blessed those who have not seen
16:57and yet have believed and presently we
16:58walk by faith not by sight
17:01and it see you’ll note that seeing is
17:04believing is the way the world thinks
17:06but the reality is is that we know that
17:08through the gospel hearing is believing
17:12the holy spirit bro breathed on us
17:14through the preaching of the gospel
17:16breathed on us in the waters of baptism
17:19when we were united with christ in his
17:21death and resurrection and so having not
17:23seen him with our own eyes we also can
17:26say exactly the way job did that with
17:28our very eyes even though we perish and
17:30our skin fall off of us that with our
17:32eyes we will see jesus someday
17:35and christ has declared to us that we
17:37are blessed
17:38and now comes
17:40the kind of the main thesis statement of
17:42the entire scripture this is not merely
17:45the thesis statement of the gospel of
17:47john i love how our lutheran theologians
17:50always point back to this and say this
17:51is the thesis statement of all of the
17:55here’s what it says
17:57now jesus did many other signs in the
17:59presence of the disciples which are not
18:01written in this book this is most
18:02certainly true
18:04everything that jesus did and said all
18:07the miracles he performed they were not
18:09recorded by the apostles
18:11only the ones that were necessary right
18:14and so he says but these things are
18:17written so that you may believe that
18:18jesus is the christ the son of god and
18:21that by believing you may have life in
18:24his name you see these words are theonus
18:27they are god-breathed god the holy
18:29spirit inspired the apostles to write
18:32these words inspired john recalled his
18:35memory perfectly so that he can fill in
18:38the blanks that the synoptic gospels
18:40didn’t give us regarding jesus so that
18:42we might believe that jesus is the son
18:45of god and by believing we have might
18:47might have life in his name but that’s
18:49also the reason why genesis was written
18:51also the reason why exodus and leviticus
18:53and numbers and deuteronomy why all of
18:55them were written so that we would
18:57believe same with isaiah and amos and
19:00all the other books of the scripture
19:02they’re all written so that you might
19:04believe and note this that you might
19:07life in his name sin is
19:11death the wages of sin is death doubly
19:15so mortal death second death there’s
19:18nothing to be gained by sin but christ
19:21came so that we might have life and life
19:24by his name by his vicarious bleeding
19:27and dying for our sins life that we
19:30would never have to run away from his
19:33presence and hide but instead like
19:36joyful children run to him on the day of
19:39his return so brothers and sisters the
19:42fact that christ is risen from the dead
19:44is great joy for us and great comfort
19:46so as we’ve been saying for the past
19:49couple weeks Christ has risen
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