May 31, 2015
John 3:1-17
Romans 8:12-17
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29

The Idle Tale



from the book
An Idle Tale Becomes Good News
Messages On Lent And Easter Themes


Herchel H. Sheets



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On the tiptoe of expectation is hardly the way to describe the mood of the disciples on the first Easter morning. They were not expectant; they were despondent. They were not hopeful; they were pessimistic. And so the news that Jesus had risen from the dead took them completely by surprise. They thought it was an "idle tale," or as other translations put it, "nonsense."

The proclamation of the Resurrection was to meet with that kind of response from many in the years ahead, but why from Jesus' own disciples? These were the men who had known him most intimately. They had had the best opportunity to become acquainted with his thought and message. He had even talked to them about what was going to happen. Then they didn't believe it when they were told that it had happened. It seems strange indeed!

But it has to be kept in mind that the Gospels were written after the Resurrection, not before it....

This sermon, The Idle Tale, is based on Matthew 28:1-10. This sermon relating to Matthew 28:1-10 is excerpted from the book 'An Idle Tale Becomes Good News '. 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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