SUNDAY’S WORD (4/26/09)

Acts 3: 12-19
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,

Psalm 4
Answer me when I call,
O God of my right!

You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?

But know that God has set apart the faithful for God;
God hears when I call.

When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.

Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in God.
There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!

Let the light of your face shine on us, O God!”

You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O God, make me lie down in safety.

1 John 3:1-7
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of
God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is
that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we
will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is
revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all
who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is
lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in
him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has
either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you.
Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Luke 24: 36-48
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.”

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