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Amazing Love! (for Sunday, April 30)

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Sorry for the late start this week.

Now, how do these wonderful thoughts strike you?

1 John 3:1-7

1What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it–we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to.

2But friends, that's exactly who we are: children of God. And that's only the beginning. Who knows how we'll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we'll see him–and in seeing him, become like him. 3All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own.

4All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God's order. 5Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in him, and sin is not part of his program. 6No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. None of those who do practice sin have taken a good look at Christ. They've got him all backwards.

7So, my dear children, don't let anyone divert you from the truth. It's the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Luke 24:36b-48

36… Jesus appeared to them and said, "Peace be with you." 37They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. 38He continued with them, "Don't be upset, and don't let all these doubting questions take over. 39Look at my hands; look at my feet–it's really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn't have muscle and bone like this." 40As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41They still couldn't believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.

He asked, "Do you have any food here?" 42They gave him a piece of leftover fish they had cooked. 43He took it and ate it right before their eyes.

You're the Witnesses

44Then he said, "Everything I told you while I was with you comes to this: All the things written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms have to be fulfilled."

45He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. 46He said, "You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, 47and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations–starting from here, from Jerusalem! 48You're the first to hear and see it. You're the witnesses.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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Written by Monte

April 28, 2006 at 10:14 am

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  1. Hi M,
    These scriptures are showing me another perspective. The class is showing us the process of exegesis. Twice, so far, I see Jesus teaching about His nature and life from the Hebrew scriptures. Once on the Emmaus road and how here in Luke. Jesus apparently expected that they would be able to understand even though they were ‘uneducated’ by the current world standard. He was empowering them, equipping them to breath a new message. One of good news. “I’m afraid of criticism of the scholars so I will not attempt preaching.” is no longer a viable argument for me.

    The cultural soup of those days seems no different from our own. Jesus is still something new.
    Late Saturday
    Sharon

    sharon

    April 29, 2006 at 11:16 pm


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