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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


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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