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Raise Your Banners!

He saw and he believed
Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

Sermon Week Easter Sunday Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:8

There is an amusing little story about a man who bought a used jacket at a vintage clothing store. In one of the pockets, he found a fifteen-year-old ticket for a shoe repair job. The nearby shop was still in business, so, as a joke, the man decided to try to pick up the shoes. When he presented the ticket, the owner looked at it for a moment and then disappeared into the back room. A few moments later he reappeared, saying matter-of-factly, "They'll be ready next Tuesday."

That sounds like many of us who have been working in this community we call "Church." Some of us have been toiling away on the job far more than fifteen years and yet the job has hardly begun. How much time do we need to get right with God and to repair our broken relationships? The clock is ticking for all of us to live in the resurrection promise of our Lord. Let Him release within you the power to be a loving person who brings joy to the world, the power to be a living sign of God’s Loving Presence in our lives. And, as if that isn’t enough to rejoice over, the Easter Message is telling us that Christ’s Resurrection promises our own resurrection. God never withdraws His Resurrection promise -- neither from our thousand and one daily deaths nor from our physical death.

In his famous book, "The Screwtape Letters," C. S. Lewis writes about the senior devil giving advice to the junior devils on how to mislead all of us folks here on earth. At one point, the senior devil says to the junior devils, "The Church is a fertile field for leading people astray. You just have to keep them bickering over details, bickering over money, arguing over organizational matters, over property, over personal hurts and misunderstandings. But there is one thing you must absolutely prevent. Never let them see the banners flying. Never let them see the glory!"

Today is the day when the banners are flying, at least figuratively, over every Easter Sunday congregation throughout the [...]

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