GSMC Bible Study Podcast Episode 173: Seventh Sunday of Easter
Golden state media concepts. Bring you the Bible, study podcast reflect in journey the Bible as together. We studied God's Word and be inspired. Bottle study made fun and informative for all along ages. It's the golden state media concepts Bible, study podcast. Welcome to the Golden State Media Concepts Bible study. PODCAST I'm your host? Sarah and today is Sunday. May Twenty eighth? It is the last Sunday in the sun in the season of Easter, actually so the seventh Sunday of Easter. We have been traveling through this season together as you know, or you may know Easter. The season of Easter is fifty days long so fifty days after Easter than we celebrate pentecost and we all. All celebrate that next, Sunday, so we are in this last week of the season of Easter I hope you have had a blessed and restful journey i. hope that you have seen signs of new, Life and resurrection all around you. I have been trying to mention my own signs of new life. As I have gone through this season with you today, my signs of Resurrection and hope and new life actually tie in with. This episode and the next couple of episodes because I have been trying to do you know four episodes and take each text on its own couple of times I've had to go back to the other way of doing it, which is split up into two parts, episodes with two texts in each and things have gotten a little bit crazier and I've mentioned that spent a little crazy in our lives lately, but husband is scheduled to have surgery a couple of weeks. I would welcome your prayers on that he is he's. It's it's GonNa, it's a helpful surgery. It's going to be good, you know, but there are always risks inherent with that end, so I would welcome your prayers as we transition through that we're also going through some changes in terms of our business and moving things around, and so restructuring both the business plan and physically so eber moving a lot of furniture. So the next couple of weeks will not before part episodes, I'm going to shoot for one episode a week and I apologize I know that's different in I a I apologize for changing up the format on you, but. just to give you a heads up. That's how it will look. But My resurrection moment my hope and my name. is in. Our friends and I know I've mentioned this. As My resurrection moment before, but it is so true we have amazing and dear friends in our lives and friends. Who are you know who they are even sometimes people that we don't even know that well who suddenly pop up and just give us amazing moments of hope and new life in our own lives, so during this craziness, and as we are transitioning through things with the business, as we are trying to get ready for the surgery and dealing with the my husband's health, etc, we have had so many amazing moments from so many amazing friends and I give thanks for each and every one of those friends. They don't even know that they are providing those moments for us, but they really have helped me. They have lifted my soul a lot in these times. So that is my moment for you for this week. And as I mentioned, we're only doing one I'm only doing one episode a week for the next couple of weeks I'll try to get back to the regular schedule. When things get back to normal, hopefully will get back to normal sooner rather than later, but that's what is going on, so let us jump right into this week's texts. I am going to read four texts for you and then kind of talk about them all at once, so the first text is from the book of acts we are still in that Easter season viewing to new testament readings, so this first one is from the book of Acts Chapter, one, six through fourteen. So when they had come together, they asked him Lord. Is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel Jesus replied. It is not for you to know the Times or the periods that the father has set by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth when he had said this as they were watching, he was lifted up. Up and cloud took him out of their sight while he was going, and they were gazing up toward heaven suddenly, two men in white robes stood by them. They said men of Galley. Why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus who has been taking up from you into heaven will come in the same way as you saw him. Go into heaven. Then, they turn to. They return to Jerusalem from the mount called. Olivet which is near Jerusalem a Sabbath stay journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying. Peter and John and James and Andrew, Phillip and Thomas Bartholomew Matthew James Son, of Alpha and Simon The zealot and Judas son of James All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer together with certain women, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers, so that is the first assigned reading for this week. The seventh Sunday of Easter and you get this vision of the ascension it is acts chapter one verses six through fourteen and one. One of the commentaries that I was looking at this week says that this is a funny sort of episode to kick off a book that is all about mission, and if you remember acts is a continuation of the gospel of John Excuse me the gospel of Luke so kind of the what happens next after Jesus's death, and Resurrection, and the founder tells his followers to spread the word across the entire face of the earth, but then he vanishes into the clouds, so the newly commissioned apostles just go back home. Sit Tight and pray. Good luck with that guys and girls along with those certain women. We have the here the last reference to Mary in the New Testament, other than Paul's minimalistic born of a woman and this commentary comes from Sarah. Wilson and I just like her sense of humor so. It is an interesting way to start off the book of acts right with this kind of. Almost corky episode of Jesus saying you know everything's GonNa be good everything's GonNa be Great. Go Out and continue doing my work and then poof. He's gone. And so they go back to Jerusalem and they go back to the upper room and they're like. Yeah, okay, so here we are. So I, just had to make that aside real. Quick I do want to do the other. The other texts assigned for this week as I said. We're only doing one episode so. The next text assigned for this week is from the Psalms of course is one is from Psalm Sixty eight verses, one through ten and versus thirty two through thirty five. Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered. Let those who hate him. Flee before him as smoke is driven away, so drive them away as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God, but let the righteous be joyful. Let them exult before God let them be jubilant with joy. Sing to God sing praises to his name. Lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds his name is the Lord be exultant, before him, father of orphans and protector of widows, God, and his holy habitation God gives the desolate to live in. He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in parched land. Oh God when you went out before your people. When you marched the Wilderness, the earthquake te the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Rain in abundance Oh God. You showered abroad. You restored your heritage. When languished your flock found dwelling in it in your goodness. Oh God you provided for the needy. Sing to God. Oh, kingdoms of the Earth Sing praises to the Lord, a writer in the heavens. The Ancient Heavens listen, he sends out his voice. His mighty voice ascribed power to God whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies? Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the god, of Israel, he gives power and strength to his people blessed, be God. Again this is the second reading signed for the seventh Sunday of Easter. It is psalm sixty eight versus one through ten, thirty, two through thirty five and I. Do want to say one thing before we take a break, and that is that you can see why this is chosen for this, Sunday. You can see immediately the connection that it has with the axe reading because it says in verse four Sing to God sing praises. Praises to his name. Lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds? His name is the Lord so you see Jesus ascending up into the clouds, and now we have this connection lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds, so I was trying to look for those connections within the texts each week to see you know just the themes and the things that jumped out at me as connections. As I mentioned. We do have to take our first break of the CO of the podcast. But when we come back, we'll be reading the second New Testament Reading and the Gospel I assigned for this week, and then talking a little bit about all four texts as a whole, so stay tuned, and I will be right back. Always on the go, but the day just be more without your Hollywood fifth vote Golden, state media concepts under ten podcast. Take care of that. Jordan and Keith is entertainment. Tonight leads access. Hollywood. I'm Jordan, guy laughing. That's young men, all inclusive look of pop culture. Welcome back to the golden state media concepts. Bible study podcast. We are talking about the texts. For the seventh Sunday of Easter may twenty eighth, twenty seventeen, and as I mentioned before. We are doing all four techs in this episode, so just a reminder of why we're doing that, or what's going on in this episode. That's a little bit different than other episodes. We are moving now into the second. Assign New Testament reading, and that one is from first Peter Chapter four versus twelve through fourteen an chapter five verses six through eleven, so we have been moving through the book of first. Peter and now we are covering sections from both. Chapter four and chapter five and those verses are as follows. Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you as though something strange were happening to you, but rejoice, insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the spirit of God is resting on you. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that God may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Discipline, yourselves keep alert like a roaring lion, your adversary, the devil prowls around looking for someone to devour resist him steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering, and after you have suffered for a little while the God of all grace, who was called to has called you to his eternal glory in Christ. Will himself restore support, strengthen and establish you to be him. Be The power forever and ever on then. Again. That was first Peter. Chapter. Four verses twelve through fourteen and chapter five verses six through eleven, and again as I said before we have been reading through this book of First Peter Throughout the season of Easter and there is a lot of discussion of suffering in this book and I'm not going to go into that in great detail here. Because again we are trying to fit a lot more into this episode than I normally do in a week, but we've talked a lot about that in the other podcasts for Easter, and in those episodes where I talk about the book of First Peter so Go back if you haven't listened to them or if you're interested in hearing a little bit more about why for speeder contains so much discussion about suffering, we are going to move the final reading for this week, and that, of course is the Gospel reading and that is from the gospel of John. Chapter Seventeen Verses One through eleven and those verses are as follows. After Jesus had spoken these words he looked up to heaven and said. Father the hour has come. Glorify your son so that the sun may glorify you. Since you have given him authority over all people to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is life that they may know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. A glorified you on earth. By finishing the work you gave me to do so now. Father Glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. I have made your name known to those whom gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you for the word fro the words that they gave to me. I have given to them. I'm sorry for the words that you gave to me. I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf. I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me because they are yours. All mine or yours, and yours or mine and I have been glorified in them, and now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you Holy Father. Protect them in your name. The you have given me so that they may be one as we are one. So that is the. Gospel reading assigned for this seventh Sunday of Easter, and as often happens in the gospel of John. There's a little bit of a tongue twister. You know with the definitely with the with the trying to ensure that we understand that God. and Jesus are one that Jesus is from God and there's a lot of repetition and I do want to start as I go into talking about especially. The Gospel a little bit about all the texts for this week is that? There's something about the writing in the gospel of John, and in this passage in particular, that reminds me of Beatles lyrics. I am a huge Beatles Fan i. have always loved the Beatles and this last bullet John Because. It does talk about love a lot. Right in all you need is love. The Beatles say all you need is love, but there's something about just the way John writes. That reminds me of Beatles lyrics, and maybe it is that repetition and the way he he strings words together, but all of the relational talk about I am in you, and you are in me or all minor yours yours or mine? It's as I said. It's a bit of a tongue twister when reading it out loud, but. It also reminds me of that first line in the Beatles. I am the Walrus and if you don't know that song, the first line is. I am he as you are he as you are me, as we are all together and I could go on, but that's not what the purpose of this podcast is, and that song gets even weirder really quickly so I'm not GonNa sail the words you can hopefully see why the gospel of John in addition to the references to love reminds me of Beatles lyrics. In this case I am the Walrus and as strange as it might sound to our modern years language such as this is common for Jesus especially in John's Gospel. The relationship that Jesus shares with God is so intimate and interconnected that when Jesus talks about it, it might actually sound rather ought us. But what these verses tell us is that Jesus shares in God's very being and. and John Really wants to make that known in this Gospel. John Wants to make that clear as you read through the Gospel, and as we've read through parts of it during the season, of Easter, we have seen that over and over again, right? What's pretty amazing. What's pretty mind blowing even when you really think about it? Is that. This isn't the most amazing thing about Jesus. Words tonight. Today I don't know why I said tonight today I. Don't Know What Day it is. I don't know what time it is. Whatever? But what's even more amazing as I said is the fact that Jesus actually invites us. Invites us to share in this same intimacy and interconnected interconnectedness. Jesus invites US and makes it possible for us to know and be known by the God that no one has ever seen. So it's pretty amazing. First of all that Jesus and God are so interconnected themselves right that Jesus came from God and through all of these things, and shared all of his experiences, and taught his disciples and his followers, but even more amazing to me is that we're invited into this interconnectedness? We are invited into this relationship with God the same way. That Jesus is to be that close to God the creator of the entire universe right. and Jesus's words are again of his farewell discourse, and we've been reading through that the last couple of weeks those words that he speaks to his disciples after sharing the last supper with them. These are Jesus's final words to and hopes for his disciples before. He knows that he's going to have to leave them. In John's Gospel. It's important to remember that the cross is not seen as defeat. As we might take it because it is a very. Well, it might, it seems to our modern ears. It seems to me like it would be a defeat right if you're just picked up the book and started reading, You'd be like this is what happens to the hero. This is terrible, but in John's Gospel. It's actually an integral part of Jesus's ministry. For John Incarnation. The Cross resurrection and ascension are not separate events, but one complete and interrelated work of salvation. They are four parts of the same work of vacation. Jesus goes through all of this and by this I mean he goes through being born human living amongst humans, being crucified and raised from the dead, and then finally ascending to heaven, and Jesus goes through all of this so that we. May Know God. And I do have to take second break of our podcast so I'm GonNa leave you with that little tidbit that we know God and stay tuned. I'll be right back. 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And we are talking about John's Gospel at the moment, and before the break I said that Jesus goes through all of this you know through being born human living as human to being crucified raised from the dead Cetera et Cetera Jesus goes through all of this so that we may know God Jesus goes through all of this so that we might experience that same sense of oneness with God. That Jesus himself does, and again I want to reiterate that this I think this is amazing. But more than that. As though we needed more right more than that, Jesus goes through all of this so that we can do God's work here on Earth. Jesus leaves, but we stay. Not because we aren't good enough because we are being punished by staying when Jesus gets to go, but because our lives have purpose as we live out our calling as children of God and I've talked about this before, right? So according to Jesus, our staying is actually an honor. It's an invitation to participate in the glory of God are staying is a commissioning into the work of Jesus. We are here to continue the work that. Jesus started to continue the ministry that Jesus started. In John's Gospel Eternal Life. Glory relationship with God aren't things that are quote unquote out there out there somewhere. We don't even know where out there waiting for us, but instead are here. They're all around us. They are around us in our doing what Jesus does. They are around us in healing feeding. Caring. Listening sharing and making manifest the grace and mercy of God. So obviously these things sound exactly like much of the work that the church does right but Jesus is words. and His prayer for us are actually a lot bigger than that, so it isn't just the work that the church does that fills Arkan are doing. God's continued work. It is the work that we do all the time every day in whatever job or career or vocation we might have. It's not just the church you know. However you WANNA look at that. The is your own church. How you know your own church community or the church capital see in the world. Whatever denomination you belong to the you know, the church hierarchy the church bureaucracy. It's not just the church. It is all of us, and we do God's work every day. It's not just called pastors who are it's not just pastors who are called to do this work. All of us have vocations, and whether we live out those vocations in our daily jobs, or in the way we serve our community. We are all called to do God's work, the ordinary tasks of everyday life. From work and play and family life, too. Volunteer opportunities all of these. Maybe they might seem ordinary or even mundane they're not. These are things. These things are work honors God. Any work. Any kind of honest work can indeed help care for this world and the people that God loves so much, so our everyday lives mean we are participating in the glory. That Jesus is talking about here in the gospel of John. Our everyday lives. Every day we are participating in God's work in Jesus's ministry. So. Here's something for you to think about. It can be your homework for the week maybe. Notice the places in your ordinary life where you can or you do. Help Care for God's world and for God's people. What if we celebrated these places? What if we started to think about our lives in the context of God's continuing work? How it, our lives look and feel different if we approached every day as our opportunity to do God's work to continue what Jesus started in his time among us on earth. And at first, it might not seem like it's related, but I really like that. This passage ends with the simple prayer for oneness. That Jesus Prays in reference to his disciples. Jesus, again indicates his own oneness with God and then praise for that same oneness to exist among his disciples to exist among us. and. I've talked before. I'm not sure if I've talked on this podcast before. But I know I've talked about it before in my own ministry how we are stronger together. How are oneness doesn't mean you know we all have to think alike or act like or be exactly the same throughout our lives, but it means that we are here for each other, and we support one another, and we seek to live out. God's calling in our lives, so Jesus Prayer for oneness is a hope that our lives will be interconnected that we will support each other as we do God's work. God has given each of us unique gifts. No two of US are exactly alike no two of the exact same combination of gifts. And we've been given these unique gifts and abilities that we might continue to do God's work and the work that Jesus calls us to do that. We may combine those gifts in ways that they will become stronger. Our uniqueness, of course, it doesn't exist in a vacuum. It's partly why Jesus Prays for Our oneness so that we can work together and we can support each other as we participate in God's work. And of course, since everyone is different, it also means that we're going to have differences of opinion, right? We always do so Jesus for oneness is also a plea that we can see past those differences, too the interconnectedness that we share in being children of God. So Jesus new things would not be easy. When he left his disciples, he knew things would not be easy for those who came after the disciples all the way down to us. Things are not always easy when we try to do God's work in the world. We of course also that even with God. Our lives aren't perfect. Sadly, right things are going to be difficult. They're going to be confusing. They're going to be discouraging at times. We're always going to have suffering in our lives as we see in First Peter Throughout these weeks of Easter. But in this passage this gospel passage, we have a twofold promise. I God is with us not so we will merely persevere. But so we might flourish. And the second part of that promise is that God intends us to be committed to this world. To this people this place in the here and now. Eternity. A relationship with God are always present tense in the gospel of John, they're never somewhere far off in some near or distant future they are here and now always present tense in the gospel of John, so that's one of the amazing things about the gospel of John as you read through it. Here now we are called right here right now. Wherever we are whatever we were doing in the world, we have been called. We've been commissioned and we have been blessed by Jesus Christ to participate in this work, and to share in this amazing promise, and so my hope for you as you go through this week is that you can feel that oneness? You can feel the oneness that Jesus prays for you as you go about doing the work of God every single day, and you know I mentioned homework just kidding about that, but pay attention to those places around you where you see God's work being done. See If you feel that oneness, not only oneness with God about doing God's work, but one this with the brother, your brothers and sisters in God. And just see. Just notice those moments. You don't have to do anything about them, but just notice them. Just take them in and say wow, this is pretty amazing. That is all the time that I have for this week. I have to go and go back to my craziness. This was a blessed moment of calm within that craziness. You joining me as we discussed mostly the Gospel text for this week. The seventh Sunday of Easter, but it's a pretty amazing gospel texts so. I focused a lot on it this week. I hope you'll join me again next week. Next week is pentecost. It's one of my favorite holidays in the church. The church year. Some people call it the birthday of the Church Happy Birthday Church. It is a Sunday when a lot of churches wear red, which is fun and celebratory, so join me again next week as we talk about the texts for pentecost. In, the meantime you've can find all of our podcasts. A WWW DOT s C. podcast dot com. You can download those podcasts on Itunes soundcloud stitcher any APP that you use for your mobile device, and you can follow us on Social Media Instagram facebook twitter and Tumbler, GMC Bible study come and interact with me on social media. I would love to hear from you. Again join me next week. Pentecost where read. Not that I can see you, but in the meantime please please remember that you were a beautiful and beloved child of God. Thank, you I'll see you next time. You've been listening to the Golden State media concepts Bible Study podcast part of the Golden. State media concepts podcast network. 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