Time in the Word

A Study for Easter 6

Theme for the week: "The Peace of God"

Acts 14:8-18 – Peace follows a Spirit-guided decision
Revelation 21:10-14; 22-23 – Peace prevails in the holy city of God
John 14:23-29 – Peace is a gift of Christ
Psalm of the week: 67
Hymn of the week: TLH # 196 “I an Content; My Jesus Liveth Still

Monday, May 14, 2001 

The 40 days after the resurrection are drawing to a close. On Thursday we will observe Ascension where we remember that Christ returned to the Father bodily/physically and He will return again as judge and king. During these days we look backward at the empty tome and forward to the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection. 

Tuesday May 15, 2001 - Acts 14:8-18

The miracles, which the disciples performed, were done for two reasons. First they gave credence to their testimony. They were doing the very thing the Savior had done. It also drew attention to their message. Unfortunately, in this instance Paul and Barnabus are considered to be gods. They have to do some quick explaining that the power to heal comes from the Savior who is the author of all life.

Wednesday May 16, 2001 - Revelation 21:10-14; 22-23

The hymn reminds us; “I’m but a stranger here, heaven is my home” We are but strangers and pilgrims. Our ultimate home is in glory with Christ beyond this earth. In our Epistle lesson John is given a vision of heaven. What will heaven look like?  Read as John describes it. These are words beyond no comparison.

 Thursday, May 17, 2001 - John 14:23-29

In our Gospel lesson for this week Jesus announces two realities. First, that He is going to the Father, this saddened the disciples. He further promises the Holy Spirit, which will not leave them comfortless. The only way for the Spirit to come was for the Son to ascend back to the Father. This He did at His glorious ascension. Because the Savior has returned to the Father, we can be assured that the Spirit will come not too many days from hence. 

Friday, May 18, 2001 - Psalm 67

The promise of the Holy Spirit is a promise that all nations will be gathered into the church of the living God. David gives us a taste of what is to come as he pictures for us folk; from every tribe, kindred and nation coming to the holy hill of the Lord. The nations sing the praise of God they see the good things done to His chosen ones.

Saturday, May 19, 2001 - John 11:25

To be content – that is to know peace which lasts. Our hymn suggests that you and I can learn and know of contentment in only one place in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we know that Jesus is alive we live in perfect contentment and peace. No longer can the devil assault us. No longer can sin bring us to ruin. Because Jesus lives, we now have a peace, which this world can never give and which can never be taken from us.

Prayer for Ascension Day

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that even as we believe Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to have ascended into heave, so we may also in heart and mind ascend and continually dwell there with Him; who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A Prayer for Easter 6

Lord, because You have promised to give what we ask in the Name of Your only begotten Son, teach us the right way to pray. With all Your saints may we offer to You our adoration and praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p.54

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series C John R. Brokhoff C. S. S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 pp. 121