Sunday Morning Slap

There’s a story about the French Patron Denis. [pronounced Den-ee ion France] He was martyred in connection with the Decian persecution of Christians, shortly after A.D. 250. The story says, after he was beheaded he stood up, picked up his decapitated head, and continued to preach the sermon he had been teaching.

The preacher we listened to this morning started his sermon with this story. And after the last lines of the story left his mouth, he gave his main sermon line.

“You can preach the Gospel even when you’re dead!”

I think his base point in the whole sermon was that even in death you can still effect, teach, and inspire people. We all know that to be true. Take Shakespeare. Martin Luther King Jr. Jesus. Chuck Norris.

Just kidding. He’s still alive.

So his bottom line in this entire sermon [because it didn’t end there, of course], was that even in death you can impact people. And he continued, after making this point, to preach on this topic, proving that these people, [Shakespeare, Martin Luther, Jesus…] they died. They are DEAD. And they inspire, impact, and intrigue people every single day.

So there you go. Case in point, you can still preach the Gospel in death. And it was an awesome message.

But I still go back to the story in the beginning… Where the story tells of a French Patron that finished his message, even after being beheaded.

This patron impacted thousands… through his death! But what hit me deep was that after hearing this story I laughed a little. Like come on, he preached a message after he was decapitated?  That seems a little much… even for you Jesus.

I actually had the gall to think that.

Because of all the people to doubt when it comes to performing miracles, and raising the dead, and finishing a message even after death…

The man who was crucified over 2000 years ago… And inspires people daily… And impacts lives every minute… And is still the most influential teacher the world has ever had…

Well… he’s not really the one to be doubting here… is he?

John 12:24 (New International Version, ©2011)

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds…”

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