But Mary stood at the tomb outside, weeping. As she wept, she peered into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They said to her, 'Why are you weeping?' She answered, 'They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him.' With these words she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but did not recognize him. Jesus said to her, 'Why are you weeping? Who is it you are looking for?' Thinking it was the gardener, she said, 'If it is you, sir, who removed him, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.' Jesus said, 'Mary!' She turned to him and said, 'Rabbuni!' (which is Hebrew for 'My Master'). Jesus said, 'Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers, and tell them that I am now ascending to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.' Mary of Magdala went to the disciples with her news: 'I have seen the Lord!' she said, and gave them his message. HYMN 390 “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks” SERMON NEVERTHELESS Sermon by The Revd Dr William Ives John 20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”. On Easter Day, God says a resounding “Yes” to the world. It’s a yes we can echo for we get the message, ‘Christ is risen from the dead!’ Because he lives, we shall live also. We have learned from childhood to say ‘yes’ to the resurrection. The theologian, Karl Barth, tells that his little grandson’s first word was ‘Yes’. You see, it’s easy for a child to say it in German. It is ‘Ja’. So his wee laddie said ‘yes’ to everything. That’s what we learn of God. – a loving Father who has said ‘yes’ to all our needs, so that we are enabled to say ‘yes’ back to him. The loveliness of creation is God’s yes. The air we breathe. The food we enjoy. The creation of art and music. We quickly begin to learn to say ’Yes. Yes. Yes.’ back to God. God said ‘Yes’ to his people Israel. Saved them from slavery in Egypt. Gave them the Promised Land. They learned, often the hard way, but eventually, to say ‘Yes’ to God. So, at a time when life has taken a negative turn for us and the whole world around us with this catastrophic coronavirus, we too must learn to say ‘Yes’ to God. God says ‘yes’ to his people in Jesus Christ. All of God’s promises are fulfilled in Jesus.