We often speak of the “Seven Last Words of Christ” from the cross, but we rarely pause to consider the next seven words. What did the Risen Christ say to the church after the Resurrection that empowered and inspired them to take the gospel into the world? This Easter season, we will consider seven resurrection sayings of Jesus to his earliest followers, and to us, and ponder how those seven next words empower us as disciples of the risen Christ.
April 30: “What were you discussing? Luke 24:13-34 The things we talk about often reveal the things we are concerned about. On the Emmaus Road, two disciples are met by a stranger who wants to know of their concerns and reveals himself to be the Risen Christ.
May 7: “Peace be with you!” John 20:19-29 On the day of Easter, the risen Christ appears and his first blessing to the church is the blessing of peace, shalom, the fullness of God’s life. He offers “a peace which the world cannot give.”
May 14: “Go…you are witnesses!” Luke 24:45-49 The risen Christ commissions the church to be his witnesses in the world.
May 21: “Have you caught any fish?” John 21: 1-14 Jesus appears to the disciples as he did in the beginning – in their every day life while they were doing what they do every day. There, at the sea and by his instruction, they “catch fish, a hundred fifty-three of them.” How does Jesus come to us in our lives? And what “fish” does he command us to catch?
May 28: “Wait for the gift! Acts 1:1-11 Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to the church but, first, we must wait for it. The Spirit comes in God’s time. We are called to live as a hopeful and expectant people.