Summary: Are you faithful or faithfilled-trusting in God.
Easter 2007 - April 8, 2007
Certain phrases are often associated with certain people. Specific phrases are often linked to specific people. Monday’s edition of the newspaper, USA today named 25 people whose phrases linger in our memory. The paper compiled 25 phrases
Sayings that have according to them have been forever etched into our country’s memories. And this morning I want to see if they were right.
Back in 1984, a certain fast food restaurant establishment had 3 little old ladies asking a question.
The question - "Where’s the beef?"
In 1992, when Rodney King spoke after being beat by Los Angeles Police Officers.
He said, "Can’t we all get along?"
On September 11, 2001, on an airplane highjacked by terrorists, a husband and father named Todd Beamer said to his fellow passenger’s right before they stormed the cockpit, "Let’s roll."
Johnnie Cochran in 1995 at the O. J. Simpson trial had a famous line about a glove.
"If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit."
Jack Nicholson in the movie "A Few Good Men", when he was on trial said,
"You can’t handle the truth."
Presidents made this list,
President and Mrs. Clinton.
His line, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
Hers about her book, "It takes a village to raise a child."
President and Mrs. Reagan have phrases associated with them.
President Reagan, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
Nancy Reagan, "Just say no."
Our current President’s Father, George H. W. Bush made the list too.
His phrase, "Read my lips - No new taxes."
Each of us have heard certain phrases over and over again and as a result them have been etched into our minds.
Clean your room.
Take out the trash.
Are we there yet?
Is your homework done?
As a basketball player in High School, whenever I stood ready to take a Foul Shot my dad would yell out,
Certain phrases whether they are spoken by
A familiar person or your parent can be etched into our minds.
I couldn’t prove this point, but I’ve got to believe that the words of the Bible are etched into our memories as well.
At a funeral, you often hear Psalm 23.
The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not be in want
He maketh me lie down in green pastures.
He restores my soul.
Charleton Heston playing Moses said,
"Let My People Go."
The Beatles quoting Ecclesiastes song,
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to uproot, reap.
Many of you have your favorites from the Bible as well.
What I learned this week and what so surprised me as I prepared for this morning, is that Jesus said a certain phrase over and over again about what would happen on this day. By my count he said this phrase or parts of it 7 times. And yet his followers.
Mary, Joanna, Mary Magdalene and others did not believe it or seemed to be indifferent to it. Even though they heard this phrase spoken by Jesus 7 times, it didn’t affect them.
Would you please turn in your Bibles to Luke 24:1, p. 1642?
This is Luke’s version of Jesus’ resurrection.
His rising from the tomb.
And in his account he writes this phrase that Jesus told his followers, but didn’t seem to affect them. It didn’t seem to affect their behavior or their expectations.
In v. 10, Luke tells us
24:1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to
the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’" 8Then they remembered his words.
The phrase that Jesus had spoken to these ladies
To the disciples, 7 times is found in verse 7, "the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men
Be crucified and
On the third day be raised again."
Before Jesus was killed, his followers heard him say this to them 7 times. You would think it was etched into their brains. You would think they would have remembered this phrase. And yet they didn’t or if they did, it didn’t affect their behaviors that morning. For there they went, "very early in the morning" to the tomb to do what? Anoint Jesus’ dead body with spices.