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April 9, 2023 — Easter Sunday
Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:14-24; Col.3:1-4, Jn.20:1-18, or Matt. 28:1-10
By Rev. Wayne Clark
Have you ever thought of the Easter experience as being laughable? On Good Friday, Satan (or the Devil) and all the angels under Satan’s command laughed. They laughed, because they believed they had defeated God by killing Jesus. Satan’s laugh can be contagious. Satan’s laugh is aimed against God and the wonders of God’s work. “Satan’s laugh points to the meaninglessness of things.”The meaninglessness of things challenges the belief in God, Jesus Christ, as the Son of God and the resurrection in this way: Why believe in peace on earth when there will always be wars, conflicts, and killings and rumors of the same? Even Jesus said that. Why pray when the god* you pray to doesn’t heal your love one or friend? Why trust Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come onto me. Do not hinder them for to such belong the Kingdom of God,” when God allows Russian soldiers to kidnap Ukrainian children and haul them off to Russia or allows Russian soldiers to bomb non-military buildings such as apartments killing the elderly and children. It’s as if Satan’s laughter carries the message,” Don’t you see how useless it is to put your time, talent, effort and prayer into serving a god* who allows such things?”
Satan’s laughter has turned many away from the belief that God actually raised Jesus from the dead. The strongest defense Satan has for (his) laughter is a world full of power-mongers and those who believe only snippets of scripture that keeps them on top and they discount passages that remind all of us, “…in as much you have done it to the least of these you have done it to me…”or as Peter proclaimed,” God does not show favoritism. God accepts everyone from every nation who fear him and do what is right…”.
The second type of laughter is the laughter borne out of the empty tomb the two Marys’ find. It is the laughter that God sends out, throughout the world, in the presence of the resurrected Christ. It is the laughter the believer experiences when they believe and the Holy Spirit is breathed into their very souls. Stanley Hauerwas explains, “Jesus’ resurrection creates a life free from death that grips everyday lives.” God’s laughter is a joyous laughter when the church worships Jesus and its followers are “restless tellers and seekers of truth.”
It is hard to find the right words that specifically define God’s laugh or even Satan’s laugh.
It is very possible that the defining comes in the way one lives out his or her life knowing the peace the Good News brings, experiencing the power of love as a salve that can actually heal the brokenness of a person’s soul, and make a person truly whole as Jesus did for the likes of Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Paul. God’s laugh opens the heart to receive forgiveness and frees the spirit from the burden of grudges, violence, and hate.
When the two Marys’ left the empty tomb, they were filled with fear and joy. The kind of fear that is interpreted as wonderment and the kind of love that is indescribable and can only be reveal by one’s true actions.
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9 abril, 2023 — Domingo de la Resurrección
Salmos 118:1-2, 14-24; Hechos 10:14-24; Colosenses 3:1-4; Juan 20:1-18,
o Mateo 28:1-10
Por Rev. Wayne Clark