Posted by: Pauline | March 25, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 1

Mark 16:1-8

The women who came to the tomb were expecting to find a dead body. That was why they were there, to finish preparing the body for burial, as there had not been time on Friday when the body was placed in the tomb. They were definitely not expecting the life-changing announcement of the resurrection.

Those of us who go to church on Easter are expecting a message about the resurrection. That is why we are there. But if we have attended church for years, it may no longer seem so life-changing.

Part of the good news of the gospel is that it doesn’t depend on what we do or don’t expect. God breaks into our lives in surprising ways, sometimes dramatic but more often not. Yet it is always life-changing when we respond to the gospel, turning from sin and death to new life in Christ.

Acts 10:34-44

When we hear the story of Cornelius, the focus is often on the inclusion of the Gentiles in the people of God. For the earliest Christians, all of them Jews, this was not just life-changing but society-changing.

But the focus of Peter’s preaching, as always, is on Jesus Christ. He proclaims the resurrection, and that Jesus is not only alive but is appointed by God as the judge of all people. To those who believe, he gives forgiveness. While left unstated, the inference is that those who do not believe stand condemned.

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