Ancient Wisdom: April 20, 2014 (Year A)

(Note:  The revised Common Lectionary substitutes readings from The Book of Acts for lessons from the Old Testament during Eastertide.  Consequently, the meditations during this season will be based on the Acts passages)

Read:  Acts 10:34-43

Meditation:  “But God Raised Him Up”

Peter was the preacher on the first Pentecost in Jerusalem, and he was the preacher on what some call the second Pentecost–the event recorded in today’s lesson.  On both occasions he declared, “but God raised him up” (2:24, 10:40), making the resurrection the pinnacle of the Gospel message.

Easter Sunday is the “Mount Everest” of our faith.  It is the highest vantage point from which to view the person and work of Jesus Christ.  The empty tomb connects the Jesus of history and the pre/post incarnate Christ.  The last word is not death, it’s resurrection.

What is true for Christ is true for us–death is not the last word, resurrection is.  No matter what tomb life may place us in, the stone will be rolled away!  It may happen through some on-earth restoration, or it may not come until we mortals put on immortality.  But it will happen.  Peter’s words spoken about Jesus will be spoken about us, “But God raised him/her up.”  We are Easter people!

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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