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Sunday Worship -The Chosen – March 6th, 2022

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The creators and writers of The Chosen take creative liberties in how they tell the story of Jesus Christ. Not everything found in the show can be cited in the Scriptures. A primary example of this is the way The Chosen depicts certain key characters. In reality, not much is known about the personal lives of most people in the New Testament, leading the writers of The Chosen to add additional, non-Biblical histories and personality traits to its characters. However, much can be learned from these depictions. The characters in The Chosen were real people with real human lives and difficulties. Each Sunday during Lent, we will be digging into the Biblical lives of several major characters from The Chosen, observing what it meant for them to be chosen and what their lives mean for us as the chosen children of God.

March 6, 2022 – The Witness, John 20:11-18

Despite her prominent place in the Bible, very little is known about Mary Magdalen. However, there is plenty of speculation, as The Chosen shows us. But, while we might not know a lot of the specifics of Mary’s life, we know of the most important thing: her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. She weeps outside the tomb of her rescuer from demons, and, once again, He calls her by name, by her true, Hebrew name: Mariam. She is our great example of clinging to Christ in the good times and bad and always proclaiming His name to any who would hear.

John 20:11-18 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.


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About the speaker

David Langewisch

First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, my heart's desire is to simply be a servant of Christ, used by him to help people experience fullness of life in him. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from Lutheran schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, Lynn, and four children, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, I will count it a blessing.

David Langewisch

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