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Summary: If you find the promises of God are just too good to be true then you need to understand what happen at the cross to understand that you are accepted only by your belief that Jesus rose from the tomb: and that is all.

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Title: The Empty Promises of Easter

Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Acts 10:34-43 Luke 24:1-12

This sermon was delivered to the congregation in St Oswald’s,

in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland on the 31st March 2013.

(A Scottish Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Glasgow and Dumfries).

Prayer: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable to oh lord. Amen.

Summary: If you find the promises of God are just too good to be true then you need to understand what happen at the cross to understand that you are accepted only by your belief that Jesus rose from the tomb: and that is all.

You must admit that the promises of God are just too good to be true. In our world, we are taught that; “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is”; yet the bible tells us that to be accepted by God, all we have to do is believe that Jesus rose from the tomb that Sunday; that he is still alive; and that he is our Lord. That is all.

It is so simple, yet many people struggle to accept it; because they do not feel they deserve to be reconciled to God; but that is where grace comes in. Grace basically means that although we do not deserve it, we earn our place before God by believing in Jesus, and what he did for us on the cross.

Now, if that is all there is to it, you must be saying, well ok, where is the catch? … Is there one? … Well yes there is. … By believing in Jesus we are instantly transformed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

In the kingdom of darkness, we are our own God: the world revolves about us, and that we want everything for ourselves; everything is all about us; and in this kingdom people go to extraordinary lengths to make sure everything goes through them; the ultimate goal therefore is to be like God himself, just as Satan promised Adam and Eve.

The kingdom of light however, is the exact opposite. Everything is about Jesus: everything comes from him, and everything returns to him; it is all about him; and absolutely nothing about ourselves.

That is a big catch, so you may ask … why change kingdoms? Well the kingdom of darkness is all about greed, evil and selfishness; me, me and me again. The kingdom of light however is about love, about generosity and helping others.

The kingdom of darkness is about taking, whereas the kingdom of light is about giving. The kingdom of darkness promises us everything, but delivers nothing but death and destruction; whereas the kingdom of light promises us that we will be the lowest, the servants of all, and in ourselves deserving nothing; but in return, we receive everything for God; and that includes life and living.

In conclusion, the kingdom of darkness demands that we get people to run to us, to serve our very wants and desires; to be in abeyance to us, and the higher up we go in this kingdom, the weaker we become, as we give into the flesh.

The kingdom of light however, is all about servitude, and helping others, and the high up we go in this kingdom, the more people we can serve.


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