The Gardener Indeed!

The Gardener Indeed!

Call to Worship:  Psalm 105:1-5, 8, 45b (NIV)

1    Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name
             make known among the nations what he has done.
2    Sing to him, sing praise to him
             tell of all his wonderful acts.
3    Glory in his holy name
             let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4    Look to the LORD and his strength
             seek his face always.
5    Remember the wonders he has done,
             his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.

8     He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations.

45    Praise the LORD!

Scripture Reading: John 20:1-10 (ESV)

1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Sermon TextJohn 20:11-18 (ESV)

I.  The Angels (v 11-12)
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 

II.  The Gardener (v 13-15)
13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 

III.  The Commissioning (v 16-18)
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

IV.  The Implications

  • The Presence of Jesus
  • The Power of Grief
  • The Point is Jesus
  • The People of God
  • Sermon Questions