Summary: A Three Point Sermon Point One- "He Is Risen" Point Two- "He Is Risen" Point Three "He Is Risen"
For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture readings prior to the Message. Today's Easter Readings are: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; Colossians 3:1-4 and Matthew 28:1-10
It is Easter .... The day that that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A time when Alleluias fill the air:
Beloved ... You know the response:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia... Christ is Risen..... (Response) The Lord is Risen in Deed Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
My Grandfather ... My Father and My Uncle were all Real-estate Brokers ....in my home town .....of Painesville Ohio.
And they would always share that In the real estate business, ....there are only 3 rules to remember.
And these 3 rules... these 3 truths.... will determine whether a piece of property ....is going to sell easily ..... or not.
And the three rules are these: location, location, location.
What matters most is where the property is located.
Even if it is old .... and crumbling down ....or has out-of-date appliances, .... it will sell ...... if it is in a desirable location.
Location is what it is all about. Is it located in an area where people desire to live?
And conversely, ...... you can have a beautiful property with everything in perfect condition ..... but if it is not in the right location, it will not sell ..... easily.
The Buying and Selling of Real Estate is all about ..... location, location, location.
Today is Easter Sunday..... the highest holy day of the church year.
So I would like to share this day something really inspiring..... so you will be able to understand and appreciate ...... this incredible day.
In order to do so, I am going to preach an old-fashioned ..... 3-point sermon.
That is the traditional model .....of preaching, .... by the way. It is also .... very Trinitarian.
The pastor is supposed to fit every important scriptural matter .....into 3 easy-to-remember points.
That way, the congregation will be able to hear it, go home and hopefully say: "Yes, I still remember the 3 points of the sermon."
I do not always use a 3 point Sermon
But today.....because it is Easter..... I am sticking with the 3 points.
So here are the 3 points I have come up with ..... after great contemplation .... on the Gospel text.
Are you ready?
They are: ...... He is risen!..... He is risen! ......He is risen!
Each of these points are equally important ..... but I will begin with the first one. He is Risen.
Our Gospel reading begins on that first Easter morning.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary make their way to the tomb of Jesus.
What do they expect to find?
I suppose they expect.... what you and I would expect if we went to visit the grave of a friend: ..... the grave ... the tomb would look like most graves or tombs.
It would be ..... un-disturbed.
You certainly would not expect your friend or love one ..... to be gone!
And yet that is exactly what the two Marys encounter!
This event is highly dramatic in Matthew's telling ...... of the story.
There is a great earthquake, ....which shakes up their perspective .....and probably everything else .... in the surrounding area.