25 April 2021 is the Fourth Sunday of the season of Easter.
The main scripture comes from the New Testament book of Acts (of the Apostles). There is always a Lectionary reading from Acts throughout the Sundays of Easter in the Church of Scotland. Here’s the background to today’s Bible story…
Easter has seen the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Two of Jesus’ disciples, Peter and John, have healed a man who had been lame since birth and can now suddenly walk.
The Jewish authorities, afraid of the threat this amazing miracle may pose to their enduring power over the people, have Peter and John put in jail overnight. On the following day, the two disciples face questioning from the religious leaders, no doubt fearing that some form of force will be used against them. And this is the point where today’s reading begins.
In his speech to the rulers and elders of the people, aided by the Holy Spirit, Peter quotes famous words from the Old Testament book of Psalms (Psalm 118:22), referring to Jesus as follows:
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”[Read more…]