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Just Words?

**Anyone who loves Me will be true to My Word** (John 14:23).
Acts 15:1-2,22-29; Psalms 67:2-3,5-6,8; Revelation 21:10-14,22-23; John 14:23-29

Sermon Topic Word of God

Sermon Week Sixth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 14:23

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Two thousand years ago, on the Sunday which we now know as "Passion Sunday" or "Palm Sunday," a great crowd greeted Jesus as he entered the City of Jerusalem. "They kept shouting," the Apostle John tells us,

Hosanna!
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!
Blessed is the King of Israel! (Jn. 12:13).

Now imagine a conversation that might have taken place between some of the disciples a few days later, just after the Crucifixion:

"I can't understand," one might have said, "why the people carried on as they did last Sunday. Remember how happy they were when we came into the city with Jesus. Remember how they shouted 'Hosanna' and how they showered their blessings on Him? How could they have said this, they who wanted to see Him crucified only five days later?"

"Just words," another disciple might have answered. "Just words! They didn't mean those 'Hosannas.' It's easy to say things you don't mean. It's easy to make promises of loyalty and fidelity that you really don't intend to keep. Words are cheap. They may have shouted 'Hosanna,' but they didn't mean it. Just words!"

There is -- or should be -- something almost sacred about words, and yet we allow ourselves to be conditioned to treat them shabbily.

For most parents, it is an awesome event when their pre-school child reads his or her first words: "Run ... See ... Go." And for years to come, those words will be remembered as almost sacred.

In the Book of Proverbs it is written: "Like apples of gold in a silver setting is a word that is aptly spoken" (Prov. 25:11).

A young couple had dated several times, with no obligation on either part. But one night he drove her home, and they kissed, and he said to her, "You know what? I love you." Now her mother and dad had said this to her many times before, and so had her grandmother. But this is the first time anyone outside the family had ever said this to her. And if those words were spoken sincerely, even if they came pizza-flavored, they had at [...]

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