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Speak Lord, We Need Directions!

**Did our hearts not burn within us as He talked to us?** (Luke 24:32).
Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalms 16:1-2,5,7-11; I Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35

Sermon Topic Good News

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Easter Cycle A

Scripture Summary Luke 24:32


In the year 490 B.C., an historic battle took place between the Greeks and the Persians. In contemporary gambling terms the Greeks were the "underdogs" and the Persians were the "heavy favorites." Against all odds, however, the Greeks emerged victorious at a place called Marathon and, following the battle, one man ran all the way from Marathon to Athens (a distance of twenty-six miles, three hundred eighty five yards) to report the news of the Greek victory. But the poor fellow had run so hard that, as he delivered the victory message to the people of Athens, he collapsed and died.

Harking back to this event (upon which present-day marathon races are patterned), Saturday Review Magazine once ran an amusing cartoon which depicts a rather nerdy-looking runner at the completion of his twenty-six-mile-plus run. Ready to announce the good news of victory to an expectant crowd. He says, "Uh, um ... I forgot the message." Because the messenger had lost sight of the long, hard run's true purpose, the long, hard run became a mindless, meaningless event.

In and through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the victory has been won. And the challenge before us Christians, as we pursue our life-course, is to proclaim this Good News; to deliver the Message. The challenge before us Christians is to stay the course, ever mindful of its true meaning and purpose. The challenge for us Christians is to never lose sight of who we are and what we ought to be doing with our lives. The challenge for us Christians is to avoid at all costs ever having to say, "Uh, um ... I forgot the Message!"

Positioned at the very core of the Christian Message is what might well be for us the most challenging of all Faith realities:


You can't have one without the other. Pious, prayful professions of love for God are quite meaningless if they are not simultaneously demonstrated in love for neighbor, and that means love for all God's children, all others.

As it is written in Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" [...]

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