April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

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Proclaim Peace

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The run-of-the-mill soldier belonged to a surly lot in the Tenth Roman Legion which occupied Israel in the days of Jesus. The soldier probably had been pressed into duty involuntarily. His assignment to this back-water outpost of the empire was nearly an insult. With the exception of the occasional threat of a riot, the duty was terribly boring.

Amusement was hard to come by. Life had little value; so this scurrilous lot took some perverted joy in appropriating, for their entertainment, an ancient Persian game called "basilica." The evidence of the game is still visible in Jerusalem. About twelve to fifteen feet below the present level of the Via Dolorosa, and in the subbasement of one of the Christian shrines commemorating the Stations of the Cross, archeologists have laid bare paving stones, roughly four feet square, which may be the actual street on which Jesus walked.

On some of those stones along the roadway are chiseled game boards with the markings of...

This Easter Day sermon, Proclaim Peace, is based on Isaiah 57:14-19 and relates to Easter Day of Cycle of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book THE SEVENFOLD PATH TO PEACE . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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