All Saints Messenger - April 26, 2018

posted Apr 26, 2018, 1:19 PM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, April 26

Acts 12:7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his wrists.

Preaching the gospel often results in trouble for the apostles. Later in Acts, they will be described as "turning the world upside down." When Herod's fear of the Jesus Movement leads him to imprison Peter, no doubt Herod assumes prison walls can stem the tide of the gospel. He either has not heard or does not believe the story of the resurrection; otherwise he would know that not even death can withstand the love of God.
Breaking chains is the work of Christ in the world. Through his life, death, and resurrection the chains that bind us to sin are broken. Our work is the same as Peter's-to "get up quickly." The Book of Common Prayer suggests that service to God is "perfect freedom." It seems counterintuitive to suggest that in order to be free we have to submit to God, but this is how our life of faith in Jesus works. Placing anything else at the center of our lives binds us to that which does not save.

MOVING FORWARD: What chains have been broken in your life or community recently? How are you proclaiming that good news?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 12:1-19