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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
Acts 2:36-41
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 & 22
John 20:11-18
Peter’s conclusion is clear: Jesus, the One who had
been crucified, is both Lord and Christ. Peter’s argu-
ment was irrefutable
. Cut to the heart,
the Judeans
asked what they should do. This was the point of
new birth. The Spirit of God brought conviction to
their hearts, the springboard of action.
In John 20:11-18 - The disciples believed because of what they saw in the
tomb, not because of what they knew from Old Testament passages de-
scribing the Savior’s resurrection. Jesus had prophesied His death and res-
urrection in the disciples’ presence, but the disciples had not understood
what He was talking about. Later Jesus would instruct them about how His
life and death fulfilled the Scriptures. When Christ uttered her name, Mary
recognized His voice. Mary addressed Christ as Rabboni, an Aramaic term.
Mary had grabbed Christ and was holding on to Him as if she would never
turn Him loose. Christ explained to her that He could not stay because He
had to ascend to His Father. My brethren referred to the disciples. Jesus
sent Mary to them with the first postresurrection testimony. Though it
may be that Mary was a woman plagues with deamons, this did not keep
Jesus from commissioning her to bring the gospel message to the apos-
tles. My Father and your Father: God is the Father of Christ and of believ-
In Psalm 33: 4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 – Although the world is filled with evil
and with people who have no thought of God, believers must look beyond
the apparent confusion of the world to see God’s goodness – the good-
ness that manifests itself every time the sun rises, a bird sings, and a
mother lovingly embraces her child. Out of His goodness, God holds to-