"Easter Evening" John 20:19-29 (Easter 2017)

So often we focus on Easter morning - the early morning hours, the women's sunrise surprise, the angelic announcement, the footrace to the empty tomb. However, as central as those scenes are to our faith, there is something just as spectacular that transpired on Easter evening. After the dust had settled on the chaos of the day, Easter evening is the time when the resurrected Lord appeared to his closest followers and friends. Easter evening is when the reality of the resurrection collided with the pain of his disciples behind locked doors. This is when Jesus' resurrection message is at its loudest and clearest: "Peace be with you." This Easter, we will celebrate Jesus' resurrection message and all its implications for restoring shalom amidst our fear, our shame, and our doubt.