3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020
Lections: Luke 24:13-35; Acts 2:37-41; Psalm 116; 1 Peter 1:17-23
After his resurrection, Jesus joined two disciples as they were traveling to Emmaus. Perhaps they were so engrossed in what had happened to Jesus in Jerusalem that they did not recognize Jesus in their midst. However, Jesus made note of their bewilderment. As they continued on their journey, Jesus began to share with them how these things that happened to Jesus were spoken of in the Law and the Prophets (the Scriptures).
The two disciples were privileged to hear the Scriptures explained to them by Jesus himself. Why do you read, study, and listen to the Scriptures? What are you looking for?
Still the disciples did not recognize Jesus but they invited him to continue with them on their journey. When they came to their destination, they invited him to eat with them. Jesus took bread, broke it, and blessed it and shared the bread with the two disciples. Their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
Reflect on your Christian experience. When have you had an experience or insight into the meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection, such as the two disciples experienced?
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
We continue with Peter's Pentecost message. Peter related to the crowd that God had made Jesus, whom they crucified, both Lord and Messiah. Peter then called the crowd to repent and to be baptized in the name of Jesus.
What did they receive when they heeded the call that came from God through Peter?
What in Peter’s words tells us that his call is not just for the crowd before him? Who is it for? Who makes this call?
The psalmist expressed his love for God because God had delivered him from a life threatening situation.
Share the psalmist's description of his experience.
Why do you love God?
The psalmist then shared how he would show his gratitude to God for God's gracious act of salvation and deliverance.
Share how the psalmist expressed his gratitude.
How do you express gratitude for God's gracious acts on your behalf?
1 Peter 1:17-23
In continuing the reading of 1 Peter, the writer exhorts readers to "live in reverent fear of the Lord during the time of your exile" (1:17). What does “exile” refer to? How do you understand “reverent fear”?
Peter says that through Jesus, we have come to trust in God (1:23). How has knowing Jesus helped you to trust in God the Father?