WEEK OF APRIL 15TH
As our reading begins, we learn that Peter and John, while going into the temple to pray, see a crippled man begging for money. This was a common place to see beggars in that day. Instead of money, they give the man a restored body in the name of Jesus. The man first of all rejoices by walking and leaping and praising God, then clinging onto Peter and John in gratitude. Since the lame man had been well known to all temple visitors, the event draws a crowd. Peter seized this opportunity to explain to them that this man was healed in the name of Jesus, the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, the author of life, whom they killed instead of Barabbas. Peter then says that since they know what they have done, they should repent and ask God to forgive their sins. He pleads with them to believe in the crucified Jesus, about whom the prophets had spoken long ago.
What is Jesus called in vs 13-15?
Why are those all important titles for Jesus?
Peter calls the people to repent, and gives 3 reasons why they should repent in 19, 20
Which of the titles for Jesus from above sticks out to you most? Why?
Put yourself in this situation. A lame man you see often has just come in celebrating and jumping because he has been healed. Then the guy who healed him begins preaching to you about guilt, repentance, and healing. What does this text say to you?
Name someone you know that needs physical or spiritual healing? (take time to pray for all the names).
What 1 act of love can you show to someone this week?
What a powerful text! This whole chapter has recounted 2 times when Jesus appears on Easter....yet most still doubt! Again, we find Jesus suddenly standing in their midst, bidding them peace, and showing them the marks in His hands and feet in order to convince them that it is really Him, not a spirit. Then He asks for food, and eats it in their presence, as additional evidence that He really is the risen Messiah. Next He gives them a lecture on how He has fulfilled all of the prophecies about Him that were recorded in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. He notes in particular that the Messiah would have to suffer, die, and rise again on the third day. Under these circumstances, then, He notes that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem, because they, were witnesses of all of this. But then Jesus says something unexpected: don’t be a witness of these things yet. Instead, wait until you have been endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father (Spoiler alert-they are waiting for Pentecost).
Read Luke 24:36-49
What different ways does Jesus show he is REALLY alive in our text?
What do they need to wait on?
Why would Jesus’ word of “peace” be so comforting to them?
Why is it important that Jesus rise again in a physical body? ( 1 Corinthians 15:12-23)
In what way does knowing this Easter story help you go back into your daily life?
How can your family celebrate the new life that comes with Easter this week? (walk while enjoying pretty sights & colors, or baking something together, or doing something for new babies in hospitals, or….)