It Is Well with My Soul: The Sacred Roots Annual 2022-2023
T he S eason from E aster to P entecost
WEEK 22 T hird S unday of E aster April 23 - 29, 2023
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the bodily resurrection of Jesus. The same lowly Nazarene – he who was betrayed by his own disciple, who suffered under Pilate’s cruel gaze, who was crucified on a Roman cross, and who was buried in a borrowed tomb – the same Lord rose triumphantly on the third day. Jesus has risen from death to life through the power of God. “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”
THIS WEEK’S THEME The Messiah’s Suffering and Glory, Luke 24.13-35
As two of Jesus’s followers were conversing together while walking to Emmaus, which is about seven miles from Jerusalem, Jesus encountered and dialogued with them, but they were kept from recognizing him. On this journey he opened their eyes to understand in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. The suffering and glory of Christ were foretold and foreshadowed in the Scriptures, revealing the sovereign will of God in his death and resurrection. Jesus’s death and resurrection are at the center of God’s plan for redeeming his people, and the world.
D aily D evotional G uide P reparing O ur H earts Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Sovereign God, whose holy Scriptures foretold both the suffering and the glory of the Messiah, thank you that your plan was fulfilled in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In his name, all who believe receive eternal life, and we cling to him in faith. Reveal him more and more to us, that his life might be seen in all we do. In his name we pray, amen.
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