I Have Seen

I Have Seen

This is Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, March 27, 2016.  The scripture John 20:1-18. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
1 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. 2She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.” 3Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. 4They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. 5Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, 7and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. 8Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. 9No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10The disciples then went back home. 11But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. 12As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”13 “They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” 14After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.  15 Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?” She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.” 16 Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!” 17 Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.

Both the New Revised Standard Version and The Message can be found here.

Note: at approximately 15:00, I reference Constantine. I should have said Augustine. Apologies. -- Marnie