(22 April 2014)
ALMIGHTY God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech you, that as by your special grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 16:9-11; Acts 13:26-41; Luke 24:36-48
Once more today we read of Jesus’ appearances to the disciples and hear of him “opening their minds to the Scriptures” such that they understand his death and resurrection as fulfillments of Old Testament prophesies. Once more the New Testament reading includes a sample of apostolic preaching declaring that salvation is found only through the death and resurrection of Christ, and quotes the Psalm (among other passages) as an example of such a prophecy. The Old Testament story of Elijah resurrecting a widow’s only son, while not exactly a prophecy of Christ, serves as an example for God’s people: upon the resurrection of her son, the widow praised God and increased in faith – the same should be our response to the Easter proclamation of the resurrection of Christ our Savior.