We worship on the first day of the week because our Savior was raised on that day. Every Sunday is a little Easter. This Sunday feels more like Easter than many as the appointed texts celebrate the reality of the resurrection. Live it up this Lord’s day. Our God is the God of the living.
Readings and Psalm
I know that my Redeemer lives and I shall see God
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 17:8)
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
The coming of the Lord Jesus
Jesus speaks of the resurrection; the God of the living
First Reading: Job 19:23-27a
the loss of children, wealth, and health. Accused by his companions of
wrongdoing, he knows himself to be innocent. Here, in the midst of his
suffering, Job clings to the radical hope that his vindicator, his
redeemer, lives; and that one day he himself will see God.23“O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
24O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
25For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
26and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
27awhom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”
Psalm: Psalm 17:1-9
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 17:8)1Hear a just cause, O Lord; give heed | to my cry;
listen to my prayer, which does not come from | lying lips.
2Let my vindication come forth | from your presence;
let your eyes be | fixed on justice.
3Examine my heart, visit | me by night,
melt me down; you will find no impuri- | ty in me.
4I have not regarded what | others do;
at the word of your lips I have avoided the ways | of the violent.
5My footsteps hold fast to your | well-worn path;
and my feet | do not slip.
6I call upon you, O God, for you will | answer me;
incline your ear to me and | hear my words.
7Show me your marvelous | lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who | rise against them.
8Keep me as the apple | of your eye;
hide me under the shadow | of your wings,
9from the wicked | who assault me,
from my deadly enemies | who surround me.
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Paul writes to encourage the church at Thessalonica in a time of confusion and opposition. Here, the confusion concerned the return of Christ. Paul writes to those who were allowing their concern over Jesus’ imminent return to divert them from the central teachings of the gospel.1As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. 4He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. 5Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?
13But we must
always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the
Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through
sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14For
this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news,
so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So
then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions
that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.
Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
who do not believe in the resurrection of the dead, try to trap Jesus.
They formulate the convoluted case of a serial widow who marries a
succession of seven brothers. Jesus responds by teaching about God, to
whom all are alive and in whom all relationships are fulfilled.27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to [Jesus] 28and
asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s
brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the
widow and raise up children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30then the second 31and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32Finally the woman also died. 33In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
34Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”