In this episode, we consider the readings for Easter Day, Year A in the Lectionary cycle: Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10; Psalm 118:102, 14-24.
We discuss the way the Lord's faithful, everlasting love is pictured in Jeremiah's earthy imagery of promised restoration and cultivation of the land. We read Peter's sermon to Cornelius' household and the accompanying pivotal reminder that the Gospel is Good News for everyone as well as Paul's exhortation to the Colossians to live in the reality of Christ's authoritative work in His death, resurrection, and ascension. We conclude with pondering the details Matthew includes of the Marys arriving at the tomb, encountering the angel, and then meeting Jesus Himself.
--Written reflection sparked by our discussion of Matthew 28 re: The Women on Easter Morning
--NT Wright's book Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
--Prayers of the People for Easter Day
--Metrical Collect for Easter Sunday
The Bible Project
--Bible Project's video overview of Acts
--Bible Project's video on the resurrection of Jesus
5:49 Jeremiah 31:1-6;
16:27 Acts 10:34-43
32:21 Colossians 3:1-4
42:37 Matthew 28:1-10
Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.