Saturday, April 16, 2011

Psalm 78.52-55, Exodus 7.1-25, Mark 16.1-20 - Lectionary for 4/16/11

Today's readings are Psalm 78.52-55, Exodus 7.1-25, and Mark 16.1-20.

Our Lord promises to be with us in every trouble. Does this mean our lives will always be easy? Consider the courage it took for Moses and Aaron to come before Pharaoh and actually perform the signs God had given them. We can easily imagine that Moses would wonder what might happen when he threw his staff to the ground or when he stretched out his hand over the Nile. You can imagine that the early disciples, though they head heard the Lord was risen and though they met with him face to face after his resurrection still had some hesitancy when it came time to stand in front of the kind of crowd that had demanded Jesus be crucified. What kind of tumult might they face? And we can see that God's people do often face struggles. Thousands and thousands of people are killed every year for their faith. Countless others are imprisoned, fired from their jobs, separated from their families, or tortured. Yet Jesus promises to be with his people no matter what. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ. He has conquered sin and death on our behalf. May he reign forever.

Dave Spotts
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