Easter Meditation | Week Five
As a follow-up to Easter Sunday, let us take some time to slow down and meditate on what God has done for us. We encourage you to read and reread and contemplate the goodness of Christ Jesus in the gospel. His love for us is truly astounding.
After reading, ask yourself two questions: 1. What does this passage say about God? 2. What am I called to do in response to my God?
Luke 24:1-12: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
Luke 24:36-45: As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. .. Then 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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures...
John 20:30-31 + 21:25: Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book (were everyone of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.); but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
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