April 13

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

“But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.” vs. 24

While it’s unlikely that these words from Acts are Peter’s exact words, they do represent the convictions of the early church as it took shape in Jerusalem during those tumultuous years following Jesus’ death. The disciples had had a powerful experience of his continuing presence and they believed that the Holy Spirit of God had come upon them. Early on they were filled with a passion for spreading the good news and that story always began with resurrection. For them it was eminently reasonable for Jesus to have been raised up because life is more powerful than death–and they wanted the whole world to know that basic truth. We are the inheritors of that hopeful message, and today is a great day to proclaim it. So many are getting discouraged by the onslaught of the pandemic crisis–for them it seems to be dragging on forever–and we’re the ones called by God to tell the world that this too shall pass. Death and disease never have the last word, and are always overcome by life. It’s a message that comes from nature itself every spring as we see flowers bloom and trees bud–even the prickly cacti can’t help but celebrate life with new blossoms. One day, very soon, restrictions will ease, boundaries will come down, and celebrations of life will abound! Christ is risen, Alleluia!

Thought for the Day: Where do I see signs of resurrection power?

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