by Jerry Watts

The Message of the Angel
Jerry Watts
Matthew 28:1-10

* (TEXT) Messages fill our days. We can get 'messaged out!' Between text messages, email messages, voice mail message, and phone calls to say nothing of the many messages receive in person, snail mail, and 'body-language messages' from those we interact with, we are all on 'message overload.' Any overload can cause us to shut down if not shut off.
* However, there are messages which seem to break through the overload. In the past month, that has happen with me (and perhaps us) in several different ways. Last Sunday evening, when June called me about Henry's death, two-weeks ago last Friday when Deb called me about the death of a first cousin with whom we were pretty close at one time, and then a month ago when we received the call that Jonathon was to have not one, but several surgical procedures on that following Mondays were times of this breakthrough. Somehow, those important messages seem to penetrate our defense mechanisms and focus our attention on the 'matters' which truly demand our focus.
* It is easy to focus when the message we receive comes from a specific person or with a certain sound in their voice. Can you imagine being one of these ladies at the tomb on that Resurrection morning? In another gospel we are told that they converse about 'who would roll the stone' so I think it is a safe guess to say that 'they didn't expect a man to be sitting on the stone.' And for good measure, the man had a message for them. I suggest that the message from the angel at the tomb of Jesus could serve to give and teach us things which we need today.
* If I give you the simple outline of the angel's message here it is; "Do not fear, He is not here; He's alive, tell it till all hear." Make no mistake there is much more in the details. Let's dig just for a few minute.
1. DO NOT FEAR - What was there to make them afraid? First, there is a grave. Death makes us afraid. Generally people don't want ...

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