JESUS SPENT forty days on earth after his resurrection and before his ascension back to heaven to demonstrate that he truly had risen.
Jesus speaks peace to these terrified disciples, and he speaks peace to us today. Moreover, he doesn’t just describe peace; he bestows it. Yes, they face and we face real problems. We are not to deny them. But Jesus says, “Trust me.” Sometimes Jesus takes our problems away in an incredible fashion. Other times he gives us wisdom and strength to deal with those problems. On still other occasions he does neither but walks with us as we go through a tough time. …
Lord Jesus, thank you that believing in your resurrection is not wishful thinking. Amen.
– The Upper Room Disciplines 2012
From “Because Jesus Rose” by Mark A. Pearson, readings for April 9-15, page 112 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2012: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2011 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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25:6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
Isaiah 25:6, NRSV
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Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4).
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