[Jesus said] “You will receive
power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When
he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him
out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing
up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They
said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus,
who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you
saw him go into heaven.”
Why do you think that Jesus ascends to heaven, instead of staying on earth?
Why send the Holy Spirit?
What are you looking forward to?
Risen Christ, thank you for making a place for us in heaven. Send your Holy Spirit among us, that we may be your risen people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
When he had gone out, Jesus
said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in
him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify
him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children,
I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the
Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I
give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved
you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will
know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What are some ways that God shows love for you? What are some ways that others show you they love you? How do you show your love for others?
Risen Christ, thank you for loving us enough to go to the cross for us. Help us to obey your commandment, to love another as you first loved us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do
not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but
you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My
sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give
them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of
my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all
else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The
Father and I are one.”
are some ways that you listen for God?
What does it mean to you to know that no one can snatch you out of God’s
Risen Christ, thank you for making us your sheep. Open our ears to hear your voice, that we may
learn to follow you. In Jesus’ name we
3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing. 4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the
disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them,
“Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He
said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find
some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there
were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to
Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on
some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8But
the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they
were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. 9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there,
with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some
of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went
aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of
them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus
said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask
him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus
came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the
fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the
disciples after he was raised from the dead.
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
do you think that Peter decides to go fishing?
Why do you think that Jesus provided so many fish? Tell about a time when you had an amazing
breakfast. What made it memorable?
Risen Christ, we are thankful that you appeared to Thomas, and helped him to believe in you. Help us to believe in the great miracle of Easter, too, and to share it with those who need to hear it. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the
house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came
and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After
he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples
rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to
them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send
you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them
and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If
you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of
any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples
were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were
shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then
he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand
and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas
answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said
to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have
not seen and yet have come to believe.”
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
is something that you had to see in order to believe? What/who do you believe, even if you have
never seen it for yourself? Why do you
think Jesus says “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe”?
Christ, we are thankful that you rose from the dead to give us eternal
life. Help us to live as your people of
hope, both now and always. In Jesus’
name we pray, Amen.
BIBLE STORY: Luke 24:1-12 (NRSV)
1On the first day of the
week, at early dawn, [the women] came to the tomb, taking the spices
that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from
the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the
body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men
in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were
terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why
do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember
how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son
of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day
rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and
returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the
rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of
James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But
these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But
Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen
cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
gives you hope? What gives you joy? When are you at peace? When was a time that you felt powerful? Why
do you seek the living among the dead?