I’m not sure how you are reacting to the latest ‘Thought for the Week’ writings as they are unfolding, I am finding them challenging and wondering how they might impact you.
But I will from now to at least Pentecost continue to use the Lectionary texts as we find them. It has been of interest to me that the scripture texts for the past Sunday and looking ahead now to the Third Sunday of Easter start with the text from Acts about the Day of Pentecost.
Peter is shown preaching about the resurrection and laying out the whole sacrifice of Jesus to those listening then it lays out a bit of the message and response: Acts 2:36-41: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Then Peter said to them: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying: “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
Then those who gladly received his word were baptised; and that day about 3000 souls were added to them.”
It is fairly easy to link this message to Psalm 116:12-19, (which I shall leave you to look up the entire text) where we see this question and response in verses 12-14: “What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people.”
I rather marvel at this thought of ‘what do I give to God because of the good He has done for me?’ Oh I think I’ll just take Him up on this salvation thing He wants to give me. What a deal at the end of the day.
As I pondered for last Sunday’s message on the chaos of the world of the disciples leading up to Jesus showing up in the midst of the 11 it struck me in how so often our own lives have that same chaotic feel way too often and we are looking for peace and harmony in our lives and in our world. It so often seems illusive to us, well at least me anyway. But if I look for it I can find God offering me a cuppa so to speak.
So from here I leave the remaining scripture texts to you to seek and ponder. The New Testament reading is found in 1 Peter 1:17-23 and the Gospel is found in Luke 24:13-35. I offer to anyone needing a Bible to find these to contact me and I will make arrangement to get a Bible to you to hunt these texts down.
Going for a cuppa,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship