Scriptures for May 8th – Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 Theme: Finding God along the way Song: Blessed Assurance UMH 369
1 Peter: Peter wants us to rejoice in our salvation. To know that we always have something to be grateful for. We can be grateful that the ways of the world that we have inherited no longer apply. God knew that the world and we who live in this world were headed for destruction. So Jesus was sent to give us a better way. In the old way of life everything, including ourselves will perish. In the new way we have eternal life. It is through Christ that we learn to trust God and to love one another. We must also remember that this gift comes with a price. God sacrificed his son. In order to have the power of love – we have to be baptized and follow the ways of Christ.
Luke: This story happens on the very day that Jesus has died. Some of his followers are in mourning and travelling to Emmaus, when a stranger stops them along the way. They assume this stranger must be the only person in the world who does not know that the master has been killed. But how would Jesus know, if he is the master, and he is the one who has also been resurrected. It is not until they eat with him that they realize who they are talking to. It is in communion that we come to know who Jesus is for our lives. It is only after the resurrection that we see Jesus in all of his glory clearly.
Questions: Today is Mother’s Day – how is God like a mother to us? How does God take care of us? What are the old ways of life that we don’t need any more once we become Christian? How is Christian love different from any other form of love? How do you trust in God? What does taking communion do for your faith? In what other ways can you share a meal with Jesus? What ways has Jesus been with you this week and you didn’t even recognize it?