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Sunday 19th April,2015 Bulletin Insert Peace Be With You’ Reloaded

alan  aBULLETIN INSERT   Lismore Anglican Parish

Sun 19th April 2015 & Wed 22nd April 2015

‘Peace Be With You’ Reloaded   Luke 24:36-48

If there was ever any doubt that God expects the resurrection to have an impact on how we live in the real world, this week’s readings should lay it to rest. Our readings are very clear that, because of God’s work in our lives, we must live differently, and we must become active and authentic witnesses to God’s grace and love.

The Acts reading describes how Peter, after healing the lame beggar at the Temple, witnesses to Christ’s power and calls his audience to turn back to God.

John’s letter teaches that as children of God, following Christ must change how we live, striving to resist sin as we model ourselves on Christ’s righteousness.

Luke’s Gospel records the risen Jesus in the upper room providing evidence through sharing a meal that he is indeed real, and challenging his disciples to believe and to be witnesses that will also call others to find new life in Christ.

We are also called to make Jesus real to the world as his witnesses, modelling ourselves on the example of Christ and leading others to the wellspring of new life found in our Risen Lord who is alive and is experienced through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Adapted from: John Van De Laar  http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2015/03/easter-3b/

 

Luke 24: 36-48 [NRSV]  The Upper Room [Again]

36While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence. 44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

 

Acts 3: 12-26

12When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. 17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, 20so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus.

 

1 John 3:1-7

31 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

4Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

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