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Summary: A sermon for Easter Sunday.

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John 20:1-18

Acts 10:34-43

“Finally! Good News!”

by Rev. Ken Sauer, Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church, Soddy Daisy, TN www.graceumcsd.org

I don’t know about you folks, but I am getting sick of THE NEWS!!!

And I am one who has always had a sort of love affair with news.

As a young boy, I had a paper route.

I would get up really early every single day of the week, and a newspaper distributor would drop off a bundle of newspapers at the bottom of our driveway.

I always got kind of a thrill from being the first to read the headlines, and then being the one who delivered those headlines to all the neighbors!

When I got home from my newspaper route, before going to catch the bus for school, I would read the entire paper…

…and back then…

…especially the sports pages and the comics.

I remember the headline when Pope John Paul got shot. It took up just about the entire first half of the front page in stinging black letters:

Pope Shot!

And I saw that image over and over again as I delivered papers that morning.

I remember the headlines when a plane crashed into the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C. and then fell into the icy Potomac River Below.

I remember when Reagan was shot.

I remember reading about the shooting and the death of John Lennon as I rode my bike and put papers between the storm doors of houses.

Later in college, I would write for the school newspaper, anchor the news on the school radio station.

Following college, I went off and pursued a career in television journalism…working as a reporter for ABC and CBS news affiliates.

Yet, I must say, “I am really getting sick of the news!”

With our 24/7 Cable News Networks we get bad news non-stop…and it’s the same stuff over and over again!!!

We hear about the scandals our politicians sometimes become embroiled in, and then we have to learn every steamy, depressing bit of detail.

I even asked and received for Christmas this year, from Jeanne, Newsweek Magazine so I could read more in-depth analysis of the stories I’ve been reading and hearing about all week!!!

Am I a glutton for punishment?

What did Barack Obama do this week?

How about Hillary and John McCain?

Who’s slinging the most mud?

Who’s being naughty; who’s being nice?

Who’s ahead in the latest poll?

Oh, I think I’m finally getting sick of it…

And then there is the Iraq war and the terrible state of the economy…

…uggh!

I’m sick!

I’m sick of reading and hearing about the greed, the disregard for human life, the terrible state of humanity, and how awful we are capable of acting toward one another!!!

I’m sick!!!

But as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ we come upon some Good News!!!

Finally!!! Good News!!!

That’s what the word Gospel means: Good News!!!

Would people buy a paper if all it had were good news?

I don’t know.

But people have been keeping the Bible on top of the Best Seller List since they started making a list…

…and the Bible is filled with Good News!!!

When you get sick of the news that the world is spewing at you…sit down, open your Bible and read, and take notes in a journal and as you do this you will find yourself becoming truly filled—filled to the brim with Good News…


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