Summary: This is a revamp of a same sermon I did in 1996, I hope it is better this time
• One winter day a man went shopping at the local neighborhood mall. When he returned to his car he noticed a rather foul odor coming from under the hood and so he checked the engine. In the compartment he discovered a dead cat rather mutilated from being caught in the fan belt. The poor cat had sought shelter from the snow and cold and didn’t realize the dangers of resting on the engine block. Mr. Jones was lucky though, one of his shopping bags was made of plastic and so he emptied its contents and proceeded to scrape, pull and push the cat corpse into the bag. With a bang he slammed the hood down and walked off to wash his hands, but looking back he noticed something unusual. He had left the bag on the hood of the car. He was about to return and pick it up but just then a lady walks by, looks suspiciously in both directions, she grabs the bag, and with her cart she then speeds off for the mall. "Well this is too good to be true!" The man thought as he laughed at the lady. He decided to follow her and see what would happen next. She went to a restaurant and proceeded to survey her prize. "Yeek!" She screamed as she looked in the bag. And then over she fell. Of course, the management was equally alarmed that a customer had fainted in their establishment and so they called the paramedics. The woman in no time at all was strapped to a cart and ready to be hauled off to the ambulance. But the man couldn’t resist. "Hey lady!" He shouted, "Don’t forget your package!" And with that he gently laid the cat corpse filled bag on the lady’s chest, just as the ambulance doors were closing!
• This story is funny because it reflects the, “She got what she got what deserved” lessons.
• We all probably have some personal stories about a time in which we “got even” with someone who perpetrated evil of some kind against us.
• One of my good friends I used to work with in the factory used to say, “I do not get mad or even, I get ahead.” Oh, the stories I could tell you about some of the mean things that were done by all of us in the name of getting ahead.
• The desire to get “even” or to seek revenge against people is one of the toughest things for most of us resist.
• When people wrong us, insult us or take our property, our desire is to see them pay for what they did to us.
• The question we all need to ask ourselves today is, are we willing to go the extra mile for Jesus? Just how far will we allow our faith to penetrate our lives?
• Jesus said that if we want to see the kingdom of heaven that our righteousness needs to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees.
• Today we are going to see what Jesus says about the subject of retaliation.
• The title of this morning’s message is “Going the Extra Mile.”
• How should one who has their citizenship in heaven respond when things happen to them? Should we respond like the world would, or does Jesus expect something more from us?
I. THE OLD WAY OF CONDUCT (VERSE 38)