An Easter People in a Good Friday World

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What does it look like to be an Easter people in a Good Friday world? In this sermon, Adam takes us to the empty tomb, where Mary Magdalene encountered the risen Lord, and where we, too, can be made new in resurrection hope.

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb “while it was still dark” (John 20:1), and Jesus encountered her there in what was possibly her darkest hour. What significance, hope, or encouragement do you draw from this detail?

2. In the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to the Father 120 times, but never as someone else’s Father until now, when he tells Mary, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17).  How does this change in language help you understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection? 

3. Mary was unable to recognize Jesus at first. Despair and the darkness of living in a Good Friday world had a blinding effect. In what ways can you relate to Mary? 

4. Author Barbara Johnson says, “We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.” Adam defined Easter people as people who: 

Hold on to the hope that God is making all things new

Believe that because Christ has risen everything has changed 

Have been invited by Jesus himself to be on co-mission with Him

Embrace the process of being shaped & formed by God

5. Do you identify with one of these 4 descriptions in particular? Is there one you feel invited to lean into more fully and intentionally? Which, and why?