Resources for the 7th
Sunday of Easter
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will
believe in me through their word."
Closing Prayer (based on the Epistle
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they
will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the
gates. The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am
coming soon." The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints.
based on John 17:20-26
Rev. Karen Goltz
gospels are primarily concerned with telling the story of Jesus, telling about
his life, his death, and his resurrection. All four of them have that in
common. But all four of them are telling that story for very different reasons.
gospel is believed to be the first gospel, written about forty years after
Jesus’ death. Its original audience was a group of Christians who were also
solidly within the Jewish community. In their very recent past, like within the
last ten years or so, Jews had revolted against Roman rule, only to have
Jerusalem sacked and the Temple destroyed. This community still understood
Jesus to be the Messiah, the savior, but they had to rethink what exactly that
meant. Up until then they’d believed that the Messiah was an apocalyptic
figure, who would bring about the end of the world as they knew it, overthrow
their Roman oppressors, and restore the nation of Israel to her original,
political glory. With the failure of the Jewish revolt, they were beginning to
understand that the Messiah brought about salvation in a different way, in a
spiritual, transformative way that was rooted in Jesus as the suffering servant
described in Isaiah. So Mark’s gospel was written to help people better
understand what kind of Messiah Jesus really was.
gospel was written about ten years or so after Mark, and the concern for the
community then was figuring out the position of the Christian church within
Israel. Christians were still mostly Jews, though on the fringes of Judaism.
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