Summary: Easter Morning Sermon: 'Giving Up on Death' - Acts chapter 10 verses 34-43 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
God is not partial (vs 34-35)
Jesus is unique (vs 36-41)
Good news to share (vs 39-43)
• Mel Blanc is a voice you will all know,
• But a name you will probably not.
• He has been called, “The man of 1,000 voices”
• Some of them you will instantly recognise;
• ‘Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Sylvester & Tweety Pie’
• On the Warner Brothers cartoons, it is Mel Blanc who does the voice for;
• “That’s all folks!”
• On his grave stone, just under the Star of David (he was Jewish),
• Is the inscription, “That’s all folks!”
• TRANSITION: Many people view life that way,
• When you are dead, you are dead - “That’s all folks!”
• Easter is a reminder that ‘death is not the end”
• There is more to follow!
• I think the best Easter posters you will see,
• Was on the notice board of a Church in Halesowen, Birmingham. UK.
• It was a simple picture of a cross and above the cross was written two words,
• They simply said, “He won!”
• My favourite Easter story;
• Is a about the vicar who preached a Good Friday sermon on the cross.
• He was spot on in both his content and also the way he delivered the sermon.
• At the end of the service he did what many preachers do,
• He stood at the door to greet people before they went home.
• As the people were leaving, they shook his hand,
• And they all said very complimentary things about the sermon.
• All that is, except for one boy,
• Who looked at the vicar and said, “Not bad, just one mistake!”
• Well, the vicar was shocked;
• “One mistake! Whatever do you mean?” he said to the boy.
• The boy looked him in the eye and said; “You left him on the cross”
• Then the boy walked out!
• Then the vicar realised that he explained all about the cross,
• But had not mentioned the resurrection at all!
• TRANSITION: The resurrection is the proof;
• That something mysterious, something supernatural took place on the cross!
• It is God’s receipt to the world!
• No resurrection, no atonement, no payment for sins, no hope!
• We might as well all pack up our things and go home!
• But because of the resurrection, we have hope,
• We have atonement for sins, we have a debt that has been paid once and for all!
• We have a new and living way into the presence of the Living God!
(1). God is not partial (vs 34-35).
“Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
• We all have our favourites.
• Favourite foods.
• Favourite beverages.
• Favourite songs/hymns.
• Favourite Bible translations and favourite stories or passages.
• Favourite seats in Church!
• Favourite clothes.
• Favourite TV programmes.
• Favourite Music or singers.
• Favourite…endless list and you can fill in the blanks!
• These things I have mentioned are really our personal likes or preferences.
• They are neither right nor wrong. They are simply our preferences.
• In the little things of life these personal likes and dislikes are perfectly fine.
• They help define who we are.
• And without these different preferences in life, then life would be pretty-boring.
• e.g. Can you imagine life without those preferences mentioned,
• If we all liked exactly the same!
• Variety is the spice of life!
• These preferences enrich our lives and our situations.
Now there is a danger with preferences, they can morph into favouritism!
• Let me say that when preferences become extreme, they become dangerous.
• e.g. A teacher likes certain people in the classroom more than others and shows it.
• e.g. A sports coach shows favouritism to one person over other members of the team.
• e.g. A boss at work shows favouritism towards a person you work with.
• e.g. A boss shows favouritism because a person is a man or a woman;
• e.g. A boss shows favouritism because of a person’s race or religion.
• TRANSITION: Favouritism is the dark side of personal likes or dislikes.
• On the surface it can lead to hurt feelings,
• Deeper it can lead to feelings of inadequacy by those who are wronged.
• And as it goes deeper it can lead to complete exclusion,
• To sexism, racism, injury and even death.
• Favouritism at its worst van become pretty-nasty!