April 25

Luke 24:13-27

“Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” vs. 27

Luke makes it clear to his readers that the good news about Jesus was not self-evident even to his disciples after that fateful weekend in Jerusalem. Some women had spread the news of his continuing presence but their reports were not considered authoritative. What the early believers needed was some evidence that what had happened in Jesus was consistent with the Hebrew scriptures. They didn’t want something that was brand new, they wanted good news that was rooted in the history of their people. And that’s why people today continue to immerse themselves in the study of scripture. We know that folks are making stuff up all over the place, and some of it can sound really good, but without a history it’s impossible to build trust. Of course we’re always coming to new understandings of the scripture–it has loads of surprises for us–but it’s so important to make sure that the truths we entrust our lives to are rooted in our community’s stories. And so we keep on studying ancient creeds and practices. We try to figure out the values and convictions of those who were the pioneers of our faith, always remembering that new occasions teach new duties. And in those connections with the past we’re bound to find our confidence for the future.

Thought for the Day: Why do some people find history boring?

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