Sunday, Apr 1, 2018: Scripture Readings – Easter Day


Old Testament: Isaiah (25:6-9)


On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

  • God welcoming all nations.

  • The people at that time would know which mountain it meant.
  • All would join together praising God for the gift of new life.




The Response: Psalm (118:1-2, 14-24)


1   Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *

      his mercy endures for ever.

2   Let Israel now proclaim, *

      “His mercy endures for ever.”

14  The Lord is my strength and my song, *

       and he has become my salvation.

15  There is a sound of exultation and victory *

       in the tents of the righteous:

16 “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *

      the right hand of the Lord is exalted!

      the right hand of the Lord  has triumphed!”

17  I shall not die, but live, *

      and declare the works of the Lord.

18  The Lord has punished me sorely, *

      but he did not hand me over to death.

19  Open for me the gates of righteousness; *

      I will enter them;

     I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20  “This is the gate of the Lord; *

        he who is righteous may enter.”

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *

     and have become my salvation.

22  The same stone which the builders rejected *

       has become the chief cornerstone.

23  This is the Lord’s doing, *

       and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *

      we will rejoice and be glad in it.


  • Sung by an individual but addressing the entire congregation.
  • Last of the Hallelujah Psalms — celebration and thanksgiving.
  • The Lord has become my salvation is the main theme.
  • These verses are referred to multiple times in the New Testament.




The Epistle: 1 Corinthians (15:1-11)


I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.  For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.  For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.


  • One of the earliest statements about the resurrection.
  • Draws a parallelism between death and resurrection.
  • First appeared to Simon Peter, then the twelve, then a large number of brothers and sisters.
  • The only place where appearances to James and Paul are mentioned.




The Gospel: John (20:1-18)


Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.  But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

  • Multiple resurrection traditions.
  • The Beloved Disciple was a hero in John’s verses.
  • He always seemed to out-do Simon Peter, yet was always respectful to Peter.
  • People who knew Jesus well did not recognize him.
  • We are used to using Luke’s 40 days until Jesus’ ascension.
  • In John, it all happens in one day.
  • Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus – apostle to the apostles.
  • The various Gospels have different people at Jesus’ tomb.