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Weekly Moravian Message April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015

Sounds Too Good to Be True, But It Is!

In a world known for its insincerity and scams, extreme caution is vital in embracing certain propositions and sale pitches. The old adage—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is—acts as the flag-bearer statement of caution.

Some persons think that this rule of thumb lends itself to suspicion, cynicism, and doubt, which are inhibitors to taking advantage of excellent opportunities. They believe that our propensity to embrace only the conventionally believable has not always served our best interest.

Though skeptical, I believe that sometimes what sounds too good to be true, is true. If you doubt that, ask the two Marys and Salome who were visiting the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. As disappointing as it was, they had accepted Jesus’ death and were simply going to take care of the body. Their major concern was, who will roll away the stone.

That was taken care of. A young fellow who somehow felt com-fortable to hang out around a tomb, told them: “He is not here, He is risen!” This was the best news that they could have heard, yet their response was one of fear; they ran away, as Mark’s Gospel documents. It was just too good to be true.

Upon reflection, they shouldn’t have been alarmed, because earlier in this same Gospel Jesus said, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31).

Today, that proclamation still stands. It may sound too good to be true, but it really is true: Jesus is risen! Let us continue to celebrate the joy of his resurrection.

Michael Johnson, pastor, John Hus Moravian Church, Brooklyn, New York

Moravian Daily Texts


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 22 — Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23
1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Jesus prayed: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15

God in whom we find refuge, we are grateful. When we find life unmanageable we remain hopeful, knowing you provide safekeeping from all that would separate us from you. Amen.

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