Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 11, 2021

Luke continues the story of Jesus after the events of the crucifixion. The movement grows until it reaches the capital of the known world, Rome. Resurrection is a temporary state. Jesus does not come back from the dead to resume his life but just manifests for a limited time. Luke goes on to explain that the disciples shared everything in common, there were no poor so no one had any need, and there was no private property.  They lived in equality. That is the goal of Christians, to eliminate poverty and promote equality.  Resurrection has everything to do with this. We embrace the life of Christ. As a community, we are the embodiment of Christ. Jesus died for a life of mutual care and love. Our community is our public witness to Jesus. We are the proof of the resurrection.