The chocolate eggs are long-gone, and the decorations have all be put away…but our celebration of Easter is far from over.
As of this coming Sunday we will be five weeks into the seven-week long celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. At St. Paul’s this Sunday we are going to continue our celebration by looking at the account of yet another of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples after his rising from the dead, this time in Galilee on the beach of the Sea of Tiberias.
The account of this appearance is found in John 21:1-19 and, like the other accounts, this one has been passed on to us so that we might “come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing [we] may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The power of Jesus’ victory over death is meant to flow from Jesus into everyone who believes and to give them new life.
One of the most poignant ways in which this flow of new life from Jesus is illustrated is a brief but powerful conversation that Jesus has with his disciple Peter while they are there on the beach in Galilee. Jesus asks Peter three times “do you love me?”, which, even at the best of times can be a pretty awkward question to ask someone, even someone close to you. But for Peter, this question wouldn’t have just been awkward. It would have been deeply painful.
It wasn’t that long ago that, at the very moment Jesus needed him most, the moment Jesus was being violently interrogated by the religious leaders, Peter swore and cursed and fervently denied ever even knowing Jesus – not only once, or twice, but three times! Jesus’ question to Peter, “do you love me” would have stung because it would have immediately brought to mind Peter’s undeniable failure to love Jesus just a few days before.
Peter responds “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Twice more Jesus asks Peter, “do you love me?” and through this process Jesus shares with Peter the new life of his resurrection by undoing the hurt and shame of Peter’s failure. And Jesus can do the very same for us.
The resurrection of Jesus points to the promise of a future for us and for this world that is full of life, and life to the full. But in the meantime, the power of that life can flow to us now. Even now, the life of Jesus can begin to set us free from our hurts and shame and failures as we accept the invitation to believe in him and in turn receive life in his name.
Rev. David Turner +
Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday June 2nd, 2018 8am-1pm
We are asking for your help looking for items to sell! We would like books, food and plants and all the other treasures you’re ready to part with.
Please no clothing, tv’s, computer monitors or Baby furniture.
You can register at Kredl’s Main St, Village Hair Design, 114 Logie Drive or St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Mon-Thu 9am-12pm)
The Diabetic truck will be available that day at 1:30pm for extra treasures that did not sell