Second Sunday of Easter APRIL 23, 2017 (New Living Translation)
Acts 2:14a 22-32 (God fulfills the promise to David)
Psalm 16 (Fullness of joy)
1 Peter 1:3-9 (New birth to a living hope)
John 20:19-31 (Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ)
Peter Preaches to the Crowd
14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all
of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.
22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders,
and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was
carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed
him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep
him in its grip. 25 King David said this about him:
‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
26 No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
28 You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’
29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for
he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. 30 But he was a prophet, and he knew God had
promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. 31 David was looking into
the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the
dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.
32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.
A psalm of David.
1 Keep me safe, O God,
for I have come to you for refuge.
2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
Every good thing I have comes from you.”
3 The godly people in the land
are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
4 Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
or even speak the names of their gods.
5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!
7 I will bless the Lord who guides me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
1 Peter 1:3-9
The Hope of Eternal Life
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born
again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a
priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of
change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation,
which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though
your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will
bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you
rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the
Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke,
he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21
Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on
them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not
forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came.
25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place
my hand into the wound in his side.”
26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were
locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said
to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be
faithless any longer. Believe!”
28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing
Purpose of the Book
30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31
But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that
by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.