Feedback on John 20 from RLD
I think we all skip some of the steps in some weeks. But I think the
work we do in the time we have is useful.
Interesting theory about two resurrection traditions being woven
Excellent connection to Jesus calling his sheep by name.
I can definitely understand running everywhere and getting nowhere fast.
The example of the boy being hung seems a bit harsh, especially if you
are trying to comfort those who have had loved ones die recently.
Otherwise, the sermon is great, especially the last paragraph and the
two final lines.
In your description of the audience, you insightfully point out that
people will come to worship with many different intentions and
emotions. This is like Mary herself coming to the tomb. She comes out
of duty, to mourn, but she finds something very different in the
encounter with Jesus.
This theme develops well in your sermon.
I also appreciate your emphasis upon the private faith becoming
proclaimed and public. This is well supported by the words of Jesus to
"not hold onto" him. But what does he mean when he continues, saying,
"for I have not yet ascended to the Father"? Can we hold onto him then,
or does he intend some other meaning?