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The Second Week in April

We Read…

In today’s readings, we see two themes closely tied together: Jesus’ suffering and his life, death, and resurrection's impact on humanity. Have you ever taken time to think about the fact that Jesus suffered when he was crucified? It’s sometimes very uncomfortable to think about, but hopefully, today’s readings shed some light on why Jesus suffered and what it means for God’s people. First, if we look at today's passage in Luke 24, we see a story of Jesus with his disciples after his resurrection. We see Jesus explain that the Old Testament reveals to God’s people that the Messiah, the Christ, would suffer and be raised again in three days and that the truth of Jesus being the source of transformation and forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations! Jesus himself reminds his followers that his suffering was necessary and that it was the first step in making the forgiveness of our sins possible. Today’s passages in 1 John 3 and Acts 3 affirm what Jesus was saying by reminding us that Jesus’ suffering made a way for us to be in a right relationship with God! Because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, we now get to be children of God, and our lives have the opportunity to be transformed! No matter our circumstances and the sin we find ourselves in, Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection have the power to bring the healing and salvation that humanity needs.

Our final passage reminds us that pain and suffering aren’t unique to Jesus’ life. Have you ever experienced painful seasons? Psalm 4 shows us that we are seen in our struggle, in our challenging circumstances, and our pain - But more than that, it reveals to us that God is the source of our security and peace! What we read today shows us that we serve a God who knows the full human experience and looks at us with love and compassion through every season in life.

Psalm 4

    1 Answer me when I cry out, 

     my righteous God! 

     Set me free from my troubles! 

      Have mercy on me! 

      Listen to my prayer! 

    2 How long, you people, 

     will my reputation be insulted? 

    How long will you continue 

     to love what is worthless 

     and go after lies? 


    3 Know this: the LORD takes 

     personal care of the faithful. 

    The LORD will hear me 

     when I cry out to him. 

    4 So be afraid, and don’t sin! 

     Think hard about it in your bed 

     and weep over it! 


    5 Bring righteous offerings, 

     and trust the LORD! 

    6 Many people say, 

     “We can’t find goodness anywhere. 

     The light of your face has left us, LORD!”

    7 But you have filled my heart with more joy