Our guest preacher today is Lisa Ho, associate chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in higher education from Geneva College. She joined the Chaplain’s staff at Ohio Wesleyan in 2004. At OWU, Lisa serves in various capacities. As an associate chaplain, she provides support and guidance to the Christian student groups while mentoring numerous students one on one. Lisa is an academic coach in the OWU Academic Skills Center, and also designs and leads service programs and travel-learning experiences related to faith and justice. She lives in Delaware with her husband, Luong. They have three children; Tyler, Jonathan, and Jasmine. They are members of Terra Nova Community Church.
This morning's reading from the scripture needs very little introduction. You know what you came to hear. Allow me simply to remind you of the themes of Matthew: righteousness and discipleship. Following Jesus is not about what we think but about how we live. Resurrection is the final piece of that. The author of the book of Matthew wants his audience to really get how important this moment is so he packs in all the drama he can: an earthquake, and an angel who rolls away a stone, big burly military men fainting in fear. An angelic invitation to "fear not" and a proclamation of the significance of Jesus, just like we had at his birth. And to prove that the message of the gospel is for all and that it will turn the world upside down, the good news is given to the first women preachers. And it doesn't matter that their testimony wouldn't be accepted by a court, because the resurrection isn't something we prove.