Sunday, April 18, 2010

Easter 3

Today's readings: Acts 9:1-22, Revelation 5:1-14, and John 21:1-19 (sermon text).

The disciples were called by Jesus, and in the Gospel they were called again. Likewise they were also given food a second time. It happened at the same body of water both times! (Genesseret is another name for the Sea of Tiberius.) It has come full circle; repetition reinforced Jesus' teaching. He completed His Father's work, but His work continued through the apostles (undershepherds). Peter was appointed a minister of the Gospel - he who had denied his Lord under oath! Did Jesus therefore deny him? No - He forgave.

The Word gives what it speaks - peace. Although we deny Him by not trusting Him with everything (therefore deserving of wrath), the Gospel brings us comfort. Our Lord comes through all barriers and fills our emptiness with His peace. Despair is displaced, fearful holes are filled. This is why we worship - we are sinners who need to be filled.

"Come and eat," says the Bread of Life. We deserve no peace, yet it is freely given to us by the One who died for all. He call.s you back and feeds you the medicine of immortality! Know that you don't love Jesus as you ought, but that He loves you. Be restored by His love in the blood.

Soli Deo gloria.

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