Summary: A sermon that highlights how Jesus helps us through the disappointment when we think God is not in our lives
Anyone here watch Spiderman movies?
As a child I was never really interested in Spiderman,
however my son Zackary has convinced me to watch the Spiderman movies with him and I quite enjoy them..
One of the story lines of these movies is the potential romance between a young skinny whimpy man called Peter Parker,
who is also Spiderman and a beautiful lady.
Peter Parker looks nothing like a super hero.
He’s a skinny, wimpy looking guy.
And for most of the movies the young lady has no idea that Peter is Spiderman,
and no idea that Spiderman is this young wimpy Peter Parker.
Now if you were this young lady and you were walking down a
dark street who would you prefer to be with.
Peter Parker or Spiderman.
Initially she never recognized that she was with Spiderman.
But later learns that Peter Parker and Spiderman are the same person.
What about you and God?
Have there ever been times when you did not recognise God was present in your life,
only to find out later he was there all a long?
When the Tsunami hit on that boxing day some years ago, many people asked;
Where was God?
What is God up to?
Was God still enjoying Christmas?
This was the reaction of some people.
However almost immediately after these events people saw God in action.
God came amongst people, when groups like Australian Lutheran World Service and many other agencies came helping those in need.
Came helping people who had lost everything and were without food and clothing.
So amongst their disappointment God pops up, to help.
That is often how God works.
And the characters in today’s Gospel reading were despondent.
A lot had happened; it was still the day of the resurrection.
However they had seen Jesus.
They were probably miserable, confused, worried, uncertain.
Just imagine the scene.
These two characters had placed their faith in Jesus as the one to fix up Israel’s problems.
To redeem Israel.
And now it doesn’t look like this will happen.
Ever felt like that with God.
That you put your faith and trust in God
and things don’t seem to be working out.
Well these two characters were on their way home.
Probably dragging their feet.
Worried, confused, disappointed.
Because they hadn’t seen Jesus.
But others claimed they had.
Listen again to what they said,
about those women seeing Jesus.
In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body.
They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
From their discussion with the stranger they had met on the road,
It was apparent they weren’t fully convinced that Jesus had risen.
Because he hadn’t appeared to them.
They hadn’t seen.
There was no body.
A missing body causes problems.
For the two characters in today’s reading it results in them being unsure if he is alive or not.
And If he is a alive, they are wondering where is he.
Why hadn’t he appeared to everyone.
We often think if we were God we would make sure everyone knew we were around.