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Readings for Eastertide 2009

Gospel Reading for Easter 2: John 20.19-31
St John records the events on the evening of the first Easter Day when Jesus appeared to his disciples. One week later Jesus appears again to his disciples including Thomas who was not with them the previous week and had doubted the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus deals with the doubts Thomas has, but declares "Blessed and those who have not seen and yet believe".

Gospel Reading for Easter 3: Luke 24.36-48
Following the description of how Jesus appeared to the two disciples who met him on the road to Emmaus, Jesus appears to the eleven disciples. He shows them his wounds and says to them that everything written about him in the law of Moses and the psalms must be fulfilled. He then opens their minds to understand the scriptures.

Gospel Reading for Easter 4: John 10.11-18
Jesus declares that he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. His aim is that there be one flock under one shepherd. Referring to his death and resurrection Jesus says that he lay down his life of his own accord, it was not taken from him. God the Father had given Jesus the charge both to lay down his life and to take it up again.

Gospel Reading for Easter 5: John 15.1-8
Jesus tells us that he is the true vine and that we, the branches, are to abide in him. The word which Jesus has spoken has made us clean and we are to bear much fruit as a result of abiding in Jesus. God the Father is glorified by us bearing much fruit. Our bearing much fruit proves that we are disciples of Jesus. Our theme this week is expressed so well in song 629 in the Songs of Fellowship book which we use in church. "You are the vine, we are the branches. Keep us abiding in you". This song became popular in the UK as a result of the conferences of John Wimber and the Vineyard Ministries.

Gospel Reading for Easter 6: John 15.9-17
Jesus continues the theme of last week's Gospel concerning bearing fruit in our lives. Verse 15 is very sepcial. Jesus speaking to his disciples and therefore to us says 'No longer do I call you servants (Greek doulos - slave), for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from the Father I have made known to you.' In scripture 'friend' is a very special covenant word. Abraham was called God's friend (James 2.23) and in Jesus we have been brought into the covenant which God made with Abraham to share in this special relationship.

Gospel Reading for Sunday after Ascension: John 17.6-19
Our reading this week is from what is known as the High Priestly prayer which Jesus prayed at the Last Supper on the night before he was crucified. In verse 17 Jesus prays to God the Father in these words "Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth." In one verse we have 3 important words: sanctify; truth and word. All 3 words are for us and also apply to Jesus. Sanctify has the meaning of consecrate for a purpose and is used again in verse 19. Jesus the word, logos in Greek who has been sent to us. Jesus is also the Way, the Truth and the Life and is the one who enables us to come to the Father (John 14:6).

Gospel Reading for the Feast of Pentecost: John 7.37-39
St John records the words of Jesus in Jerusalem when he describes the effect of the coming of the Holy Spirit which is to take place after Jesus has been glorified. Jesus, referring to those who believe in him, said that "Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water." Today we commerate the first time this took place and rejoice with every believer who has experienced a Pentecost in their own life.