Time in the Word

A Study for Easter 5

Theme for the week: "The Newness of the Resurrection"

Acts 13:44-52 – A New Mission Direction
Revelation 21:1-5 – A New heaven and earth
John 13:31-35 – A New commandment
Psalm of the week: Psalm 110
TLH #
198 “He’s Risen, He’s Risen, Christ Jesus the Lord”

Monday, May 7, 2001 

Easter is the season of new life. As Christians we have experienced the newfound freedom of the Gospel. In the lives of ten young people from our congregation they have been added to our number as professing saints. The readings for this coming week call us to tell the old, old, story in a new way for this message of salvation and life comes to us with a life changing message which is always new to us each new day.

Tuesday May 8, 2001 - Acts 13:44-52

The disciples Paul and Barnabas preach Christ risen from the dead because they have seen Him alive and they know of the new life which He offers. Because of the resurrection life eternal is offered not only to the Jew but also to any who would believe in Him. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. All are called to a new family, the family of faith, the family of God; the church.

Wednesday May 9, 2001 - Revelation 21:1-5

By inspiration John sees a new heaven and a new earth, which is all, made possible by Christ the risen Lord. As Christ is now risen from the dead He brings about a new creation of which you and I will be a vital part. We are creatures of a new creation.

The old passes away and a new form takes its place. This is experienced in the life of the church.

 Thursday, May 10, 2001 - John 13:31-35 

How will the Son be glorified? Jesus sees Himself being glorified by the Father in His innocent death on the cross. Through the cross Jesus sees the victory that the empty tomb will bring. You can not divide the cross from the empty tomb; they are jointed together as a unit. You can’t have one without the other. In these words of the Savior the two are linked together.

Friday, May 11, 2001 - Psalm 110

This psalm finds its fulfillment only in Christ. He is a priest like none other according to the order of Melchizedek (v.4) who was a priest to whom Abraham gave a tenth of his possessions. See also Matthew 22:41-46; Hebrews 5:8-10; 10:12-13. Only Christ the chosen one could fulfill all of the prophecies outlined of Himself in the Old Testament.

Saturday, May 12, 2001 - 1 Corinthians 15:55

We’re all familiar with Pr. Wyneken but the author of this week’s hymn C.F.W. Walther became the first president of our Synod. This majestic hymn written by one of America’s most famous Lutheran pastor speaks quite clearly of what the resurrection of Christ has done. Death’s prison door has been open, sin is conquered, and our enemies are all defeated!  What a wonderful expression of our new life in Christ. Come prepared to sing this hymn with much gusto and feeling. 

Prayer for Easter 5

O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will, therefore grant to Your people, that they may love what You have commanded and desire what You have promises; that among the manifold changes of this age our hearts may ever be fixed where true joys are to be found. Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p.53

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series C John R. Brokhoff C. S. S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 pp. 118