In Joppa there lived a disciple named Tabitha (Dorcas) who was full of good works and acts of charity. When she became ill and died, she was washed and laid in an upper room. They summoned Peter, who went with them, and arriving there he put the mourners outside, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Tabitha, arise.” And Dorcas opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Peter gave her his hand, and raised her up. After calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive to them. This miracle of God’s power became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Jesus of Nazareth defeated death on the cross, and overcame the curse due to our sin and disobedience. He is Lord of all, and now, through faith in his name, God offers never-ending life to everyone who simply believes in him and confesses his name.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross and coming back to life after three days. Your victory over death is now available to us all; we need not be afraid of death, for now we have eternal life, for we believe that you are the Son of God. In your name I pray, amen.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
The most splendid ability and the most elaborate equipment are but the tray on which to serve the bread of life. If we put confidence in the tray instead of the bread, we are defeated from the start.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today.
Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1976. p.82.
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