Summary: God has an instant message of love that He wants to send to everyone.
You’ve Got Mail!
Intro: Most people like to check the mail. It is especially nice when you receive a personal letter from a friend, sharing things that only friends would share. There are always important bills and other business-related things that we need to keep track of. Then there is the junk mail pile. I notice that a lot of people leave their junk mail in the Post Office trash so they don’t have to deal with it at home. What classifies as junk mail? Usually, somebody is either trying to sell you something you don’t need or convince you of something you don’t believe. Most of us have no interest in junk mail, because we don’t want to be bothered by what somebody else thinks we should do with our time or money.
-Email works pretty much the same way. We can get important email messages from friends and family members. Sometimes they pass messages on to us from somebody else – funny stories or warnings about the latest internet scams. Some of these are okay, but it is really nice when someone just wants to talk and communicate with you on a personal level. Most internet services provide a great feature: When you are on-line and someone sends you a message, you hear a chime and a voice comes through your computer that says something like, “You’ve got mail!” Pretty cool, huh? It’s old news to some of you, because it has been around several years now. But it is still kind of fun to know when somebody is sending you a message.
-God has spoken to mankind throughout history. He has used creation, nature, prophets, teachers, preachers, writers, direct revelation, visions, dreams, events, and so on. God has spoken to mankind so that we would get to know who He is and what He wants to do in our lives. God has something to say to each one of us everyday. In fact, if you listen closely, you just might hear a little voice that says, “You’ve got mail!” God has specific messages for each of us, if we will just open our mail and read it each day. However, He also has a message that He wants to send to everyone on this earth. Some people treat it like junk mail and either throw it away or delete it. Some adjust their spam settings so that God’s message cannot get through all the filters they have set up. I’d like to talk about this message from God for a few minutes this morning.
Prop: God has an instant message of love that He wants to send to everyone.
Interrogative: What is the message that God wants every person to hear?
TS: Here is the message from God to you! Let me read some excerpts from your mail that tell us some important things God wants you to know about His Son.
I. Jesus Was Sent into Your World by God (36-38)
-In. v.36 we find out that Cornelius has been reading someone else’s mail. Peter said, “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached-- 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.”