Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Mourning into Dancing

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Mourning into Dancing

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Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

Jesus' journey through his passion, death, and resurrection are reflected in the conversions of Peter and Paul. Paul, who began life as Saul, a zealous Jew who persecuted members of the early Christian community, was converted after Jesus confronted him, asking "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:4). Early Christian and Gnostic sources testify that post-resurrection experiences of Christ took place up to 18 months rafter Jesus' death, which could place Saul's conversion around 34 C.E. God issues the invitation to discipleship not intellectually or spiritually, but physically, throwing Saul to the ground and blinding him to get his attention. After recovering his sight and strength, Saul, now Paul, is ready to witness with his lips and life that Jesus "is the Son of God" (Acts 9:20). In true disciple form, he chooses to walk Jesus' passion, the process of surrender to a new life dedicated to God alone,

In John's record of Jesus' last appearance to the disciples Peter is promised the same outcome as Paul. …

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