EXPLORING THE BIBLE
Jesus grants peace to those who follow him and encourages us not to allow our hearts to be afraid or troubled by the cares of this world.
With Judas’ betrayal, Jesus sees the stark reality of his final journey. He declares that both he and God will be glorified by his death.
Jesus, sent to us in human form, reveals the nature of God, through his acts of kindness, forgiveness, healing, teaching and his breaking down of all kinds of barriers.
After the terror and desolation of his crucifixion and the totally unexpected joy and wonder of his resurrection, Jesus’ small band of followers seek their way ahead.
The disciples message to Thomas of “We have seen the Lord.” echoes the message of Mary Magdalene earlier in the gospel of John. Thomas’ requirements for belief echo the actions of Jesus with the other disciples in his first visit. The first day of the week in verse 19 and implied in verse 26 echoes the day of resurrection.
Sunday 21 April – Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, I Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
Let me tell you an idle tale.
I will tell the story of Jesus living and working, announcing the kingdom of God. Of Jesus hanging on a tree, raised by God, appearing, eating and drinking and talking. I will stand in the line of witnesses from traditions and writings. I will eat and drink and talk. I will tell the story, sometimes using words.