Bread – What Wise Men Do

April 17, 2009


Readings for Friday, April 17

            from the Book of Common Prayer:

            Dan. 12:1-13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15

            Psalms 118, 136

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Eternity exists and there will be a time of reckoning, where some will go to everlasting life and others to shame and everlasting contempt.  From today’s readings in Daniel:

 

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever…Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked.  None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”  Dan. 12:2-3, 10

 

Salvation is found in no one else except Jesus Christ, so those who are wise will come to Him, repent of their sins, and accept the gift freely given to all who truly accept Him as Lord and trust Him.  From today’s readings in Acts:

 

They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead…..’By what power or what name did you do this? [they asked]’  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: …’It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed….Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.'”  Acts 4:2, 7-12

 

Wise men come to Him.

 

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Lord, help us to wisely answer the question, “Will you really lay down your life for Me?”  Lord, help us to love your Word, incarnate in Jesus Christ and written in Scripture.  Help us Lord to come to You, once having come to You to become closer to You, and to preach the Gospel to all people in all circumstances, in and out of season, as You have commanded.  Help us know that You are God and we are not.  Assist us Lord through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be willing and obedient servants.  It is only through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ that we are empowered to even make this prayer.  And so we thank You and praise You!  Amen.

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