getting out the WORD - the third sunday of easter PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
Then [Jesus] opened [the minds of the disciples] to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day... ."

Luke 24:36-48

It was a typical western. White hats and black. Cattlemen versus sheep herders. And the man in the middle of it all was a preacher, an ex-gunfighting preacher! I can't remember the name of the movie or the actor in it, any more. But I still remember that preacher, standing in front of the congregation, holding up the bible! "This," he said, "This is God's rule book!" At the time, I didn't think twice about it. Today, I'd cringe. The bible as rule book! As instruction manual! Principles to apply! Values to live by!

But when Jesus meets the two along the way and he "opens their minds to understand the scriptures," never once does he mention rules or instructions or principles or values. Instead, he speaks of Good Friday and Easter, of cross and grave, of dying and rising! Not religion-in-general, but Jesus-in-particular! Jesus and the forgiveness he brought! Jesus and the forgiveness he brings!

But then, that sounds a lot like Brother Martin... "There's not a word in the Bible that can be understood without reference to the cross!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

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