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Text Study for Easter Sunday -- 2011

Text Study for Easter Sunday -- 2011

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Text Study for Easter Sunday
The Rev. Joseph WinstonApril 24, 2011
Acts 10:34-43
The author of Luke/Acts describes a theological “lecture” of Peter. In this text,Peter makes the bold theological statement that God shows no favorites in theworld rather God accepts all of those who fear God and follow God’s law. Thisassertion that God “shows no partiality” flies in the face of the Old Testament sto-ries of exclusive blessings to Abraham and his family. It also stands in oppositionto most Christian traditions that teach either single or double predestination. ForLutherans in specific, another problem with this text is that God loves those whodo what God wants. Peter then summarizes Christ’s message down to one word,“peace.” Next, Peter outlines the story of how John the Baptizer and Jesus bringof peace. Peter tells the crowd that they are the ones who have seen all of this,including Christ’s death and resurrection. Peter then intimates a detail known tohim that few chosen ones saw the risen Lord. There Jesus told them to preachthat Jesus is the One who will judge all. There is no information presented if this judgement occurs using the same “peace” that was the keynote of Christ’s life onearth or not. One can assume that this peace continues when Jesus judges. Thesection closes with the assertion that all the prophets speak of Jesus, which is oneof the primary findings of the council of Chalcedon held in 451 AD. Peter tells usthat belief is what gives us Christ’s forgiveness.1
Psalm 118
The author of this psalm of praise gives God the glory by affirming all the work the L
does. God save the people who follow the L
. God listens to theplease of His followers. The L
takes what the world rejects and converts itinto something special.Psalm 118:1
O give thanks to the
 , for he is good 
– This first line sets thetone for the psalm. The author lifts up his voice in praise because he seesfirst hand what the L
is doing in the world.
his steadfast love endures for ever 
– In the attribute that we call time orexistence, the author makes the assertion that care for creation is somethingthat never ends.Psalm 118:2
Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
– The call tothe congregation is for them to repeat this line. In other words, it appearsthis psalm is part of a liturgy. The leader begins and asks the men to affirmthe truth....Psalm 118:14
is my strength and my might 
– The attributes listed hereare those associated with a powerful warrior or king.
he has become my salvation
– The essence of the L
has allowed Himto bring healing and wholeness to those in need.Psalm 118:15
There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous
– Theforce that the L
brings to the situation has caused the tide to change.However, this attitude stands in striking contrast to the Christ Hymn inPhilippians and all the other illustrations that can be found of a God whoserves humanity including giving up life so that the unworthy might live.Psalm 118:16
the right hand of the
is exalted 
– The arm that swings thebattle axe, the hand that pulls back the arrow, the fist the controls the swordis praised. This imagery of a God that fights to win a place for His people iscompletely different that One who proclaims the end of war.Psalm 118:17
I shall not die, but I shall live
– The reason for life is not that Goddies so that creation might live. Instead, it is a God who destroys the enemyso that His people might live in freedom.2
Psalm 118:18
has punished me severely
– Let it be know, says theauthor, that I am not perfect and with this reality, comes correction.Psalm 118:19
Open to me the gates of righteousness
– From a liturgical point of view, the procession is about to move into a sacred area.Psalm 118:20
the righteous shall enter through it 
– Only the ones that carry thismark are allowed to pass over the threshold.Psalm 118:21
I thank you that you have answered me
– Praise comes becausethe L
hears prayer.Psalm 118:22
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cor-nerstone.
– A new thing is happening in the land. The wise and trainedoverlooked this one. The L
who knows all sees otherwise and builds adifferent future than before.Psalm 118:23
it is marvellous in our eyes
– The people experience it since ev-eryone can see its grace and beauty.Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the
has made
– A call to remind thecongregation that the L
is in charge of the world.
Colossians 3:1-4
The author argues that the appropriate Christian behavior is that of striving for thethings that please God. By focusing on what is not of this world, hidden if youwill, at death all things will be made clear including the believer’s love of Christ.Colossians 3:1
if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above
– The assumption is that followers of Jesus need to keep their attentionfocused on the prize at the end of the race or the behavior that God theFather approves of.Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are onearth
– The world with its cares should not hold you down.Colossians 3:3
for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God 
The reality that others cannot fully see is that the Christian is already dead.Judgement has passed and the believer is already one with Jesus.3

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