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Everyday A Little Bit

What little sense you have. How slow you are to believe all that the prophets have announced! Did not the Messiah have to undergo all this so as to enter into His glory?
Luke 24:13-35

Sermon Topic Incarnation

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Easter Cycle A

Scripture Summary Luke 24:25-26


Several years ago, an international poll was taken to discover the name of the person most widely recognized throughout the whole world. The result was surprising to many people. The most widely recognized person was not the President of the United States, nor the Pope in Rome, nor the heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ah. It was a soccer player from Brazil, a man named Pele. He is so well known internationally first of all, because no less than 140 countries participate in World Cup soccer matches and, secondly, he was such a great player he was able to lead his team from Brazil to an unprecedented three World Cup championships. But there is a third reason for his worldwide popularity: He is a good man. People respect and love him as a good man. When he recently played his last game, there were 75,000 people in the stadium, millions more watching on TV. Pele stood in the center of the arena during a moment of final tribute to him as a player and said to the crowd, "Say after me three times, 'Love ... love ... love'." Each time he said the word "love" the people thundered back, "LOVE!" Then he made a little closing speech in English, a language he had learned only three years earlier. He said, "This moment very unhappy. I stop to do what I like to do most in life: play soccer. Then he added softly, "I die a little bit today." Because, in one way or another, all of us have been there before, we can identify with Pele in that situation.

"I die a little bit today." That is a direct reflection of words St. Paul wrote to his friends in the Corinthian Church. "I die everyday a little bit," he said. Paul's experience of the Living Christ had so transformed his life that he set out on a lifelong mission in the Mediterranean world to share this experience with others. And, literally, he died a little bit everyday, as he explained to the people of Corinth: "Five times," Paul said, "I received [...]

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