Last week we were reminded that in every gospel, the response to the resurrection was to go out on mission. And we were also reminded that fear is a major factor preventing this response. How do we overcome such fears? Join us this week as we see how the presence of the resurrected Christ gives us the resources we need to go out into the world with the power and love of Jesus.
If the Resurrection of Jesus actually happened, then nothing else really matters. If the Resurrection of Jesus did not actually happen, then nothing else really matters.
It is the mission of Jesus himself which, through the Spirit, is perpetuated in the mission of the church…. It follows that in the apostolic mission of the church … the world is veritably confronted not merely by a human institution but by Jesus, the Son of God.
The convex of the concave Resurrection is mission, and the two have to happen almost exactly together, on the same day, because this Great Miracle requires this Great Mission, immediately and urgently.
—Frederick Dale Bruner
Isaiah 48:12–17, 20
“Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called!
I am he; I am the first,
and I am the last.
My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I call to them,
they stand forth together.
“Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
I, even I, have spoken and called him;
I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.”
And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
send it out to the end of the earth;
say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
CONFESSION OF SIN
Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life and crowned him Lord of all.
We confess that we have not acknowledged his authority or trusted in his commands.
We have boasted in our own achievements and failed to give him thanks.
We have been deaf to his call and blind to his work in our world.
Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, following our Lord Jesus Christ.
SONG TO CONSIDER