Preparing to preach on Easter I note some curious truths. The first to
experience Easter, and the first to preach Easter were women (take
that, those who think that women preaching isnâ??Ã?Ã´t â??Ã?Ãºbiblicalâ??Ã?Ã¹!). And to
whom do the women preach the resurrection? The disciples of Jesus.
and lay leaders of the church please note. The disciples donâ??Ã?Ã´t believe
the women. They think they are hysterical. The disciples dismiss their
news as â??Ã?Ãºan idle tale.â??Ã?Ã¹ As Kierkegaard noted, how curious that those
who were closest to this event, those whom Jesus had been carefully
preparing – his own inner circle, the disciples — are the least
prepared to believe. Those who were the most prepared, who had a front
row seat in the class – Jesus disciples – were as dumb as anyone,
dumber, actually. (Will Willimon)
Sometimes I wonder if people are still too close to the event … at least those who sit in worship services week in and week out.