DAVID'S REFLECTIONS AND INSPIRATIONS
April 12, 2015.
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The Message for 4-12-2015
Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look 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." And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. 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, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds 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, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."
When 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? The 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. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And 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. And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out...."
Shalom Salaam Alaykum Peace be with you!
In both the readings from Acts and Luke's Gospel we have been reminded that the Messiah would suffer. We are told that the prophets foretold this and that Jesusis the fulfillment of these prophecies.
We are also told that we must all repent and trun to God so that we can be redeemed, forgiven and healed. Amen? Amen!
Two weeks since Easter. We cannot know the true chronology of these events. We can still imagine, however, the emotional and mental shock of seeing the one that you loved crucified and then appearing to you quite unexpectedly. Wow! Can this really be Jesus? Is he really alive?
Jesus greets the disciples with a simple greeitng. Peace be upon you--Shalom.
They respond we are told in Luke's Gospel with a startled fear. They are terrified an think they have seen a Ghost.
Jesus questions them why are you afraid. His greeitng is one that offers a peace which surpassess all understanding. Look here at my hands and at my side. They begin to experience the joy of the risen Lord, but still have doubt.
Jesus asks that they give him some broiled fish. He eats the fish. Ghosts he telle them have not flesh and bones as I have shown you and ghosts do not eat.
Then Jesus explains to them and opens their minds to the scriptures about all that was said about the suffering of the Messiah and that he would die and would rise again. They they are commissioned to spread the Good News. "repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."
So...the disciples are the first witness to the certainty of the ressurection. And they go forth and start to spread the Good News. They begin a ministry of repentance, forgiveness of sins and of healing.
And what happens?
The people who witness the miralces of healing are in awe and are confused and ae terrified at wha they see. They, not yet knowing about Jesus and the resurrection think that Peter and the others are the ones with the power.
Sometimes the eyes see what the eyes see. Ears hear what the ears hear. Hearts beleive what the heart perceives. So...What does Peter do. He delivers a sermon. He breaks open the scriptures and explains to them who Jesus is, how he fulfills the promises of old and wha tthe people did in offering Jesus up to the cross. He offers a way of repentence and explains that it waa grace and god that heals he lame man whom they all knew. He fulfilled his commission.