116: 1-4, 12-19
2:14a: But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice
and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in
Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that
God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to
Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we
Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and
you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are
far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."
And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them,
saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."
So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day
about three thousand persons were added.
116: 1-4, 12-19
116:1 I love the LORD,
because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as
long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold
on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray, save
What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your
serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name
of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O
Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!
1:17 If you invoke as
Father the one who judges all people impartially according to
their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile.
You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited
from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without
defect or blemish.
He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was
revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.
Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the
dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the
truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another
deeply from the heart.
You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable
seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
24:13 Now on that same
day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven
miles from Jerusalem,
and talking with each other about all these things that had
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near
and went with them,
but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other
while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad.
Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are
you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things
that have taken place there in these days?"
He asked them, "What things?" They replied, "The
things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed
and word before God and all the people,
and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be
condemned to death and crucified him.
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and
besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took
Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the
tomb early this morning,
and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told
us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he
Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just
as the women had said; but they did not see him."
Then he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow
of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!
Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things
and then enter into his glory?"
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to
them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked
ahead as if he were going on.
But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because
it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he
went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and
broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he
vanished from their sight.
They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within
us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening
the scriptures to us?"
That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they
found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has
appeared to Simon!"
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been
made known to them in the breaking of the bread.