Sunday, April 25, 2021
Twenty-second Day of Zadeeg,
I Peter 5:1-14
 Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?”
 And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Eli’jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.”
 And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
 But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one,
 saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.
 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
 And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.
 And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Eli’jah,
 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem.
 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli’jah” — not knowing what he said.
 As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:
“Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen.
 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
 And for about forty years he bore with them in the wilderness.
 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years.
 And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
 Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; of whom he testified and said, `I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
 Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
 Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
 And as John was finishing his course, he said, `What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
 “Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning him.
 Though they could charge him with nothing deserving death, yet they asked Pilate to have him killed.
 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb.
 But God raised him from the dead;
 and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, `Thou art my Son,
today I have begotten thee.’
 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he spoke in this way, `I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
 Therefore he says also in another psalm, `Thou wilt not let thy Holy One see corruption.’
 For David, after he had served the counsel of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption;
 but he whom God raised up saw no corruption.
 Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
 and by him every one that believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
 Beware, therefore, lest there come upon you what is said in the prophets:
 `Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish;
for I do a deed in your days,
a deed you will never believe, if one declares it to you.’”
 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next sabbath.
 And when the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.
I Peter 5:1-14
 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed.
 Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly,
 not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.
 And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory.
 Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.
 Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.
 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.
 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.
 To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
 By Silva’nus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.
 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark.
 Greet one another with the kiss of love.
Peace to all of you that are in Christ.
 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.
 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel.
 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
 “Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself,
 and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.
 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
 and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
 “I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
 And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.
 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
 And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”
 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar,
 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
 And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,
 while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,
 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
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