Third Sunday of Easter    APRIL 30, 2017     (New Living Translation)
Acts 2:14a 36-41 (Receiving God’s promise through baptism)
Psalm 116:1-4 12-19 (I will call upon God)
1 Peter 1:17-23 (Born anew)
Luke 24:13-35 (Eating with the risen Christ)

Acts 2:14
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.

Acts 2:36-41
36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both
Lord and Messiah!”

37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what
should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This
promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40
Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this
crooked generation!”

41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Psalm 116:1-4
1 I love the Lord because he hears my voice
 and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen,
 I will pray as long as I have breath!
3 Death wrapped its ropes around me;
 the terrors of the grave overtook me.
 I saw only trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
 “Please, Lord, save me!”

Psalm 116:12-19
12 What can I offer the Lord
 for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
 and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people.
15 The Lord cares deeply
 when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
 yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
 you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
 and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
 in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

1 Peter 1:17-23
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you
according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary
residents.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your
ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood
of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began,
but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he
raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each
other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever
because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

Luke 24:13-35
The Walk to Emmaus
13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from
Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked
and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them
from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be
the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few
days.”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful
miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and
other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped
he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came
back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them
Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had
said.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in
the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things
before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets,
explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on,
29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.
30 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31
Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained
the Scriptures to us?” 33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found
the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He
appeared to Peter.”

Jesus Appears to the Disciples
35 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking
along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.