Luke 7:36 – 50            10-25-2015     Broken Power

  1. When you learn about Jesus Go To Him
    1. Repentant
    2. Humble
    3. Serving
  2. Never reject a sinner who repents
    1. Simon had a broken view of God
      1. God should only help who Simon said were worthy
    2. Simon the Pharisee did
      1. A sinner calling a sinner a sinner
      2. “If He only knew…”
        1. Who do you think Jesus is Simon?
          1. A teacher
          2. A good guy
          3. A prophet?
  3. Here is a question for that legalist, “holier than thou” Pharisee Simon:
    1. If he knew she was a well-known sinner
    2. If he knew her lifestyle and her “Job”
    3. If Simon was so repulsed by her …
        1. Oh, we are not to ask that of the Temple Elite!
        2. That is HYPOCRISY at its very clearest
  4. Jesus knew EXACTLY who was washing His feet with their tears
    1. Nothing about her life was hidden from Him
    2. Nothing about Simon or the Pharisee’s lives were hidden from Him
    3. Nothing in YOUR life is hidden from Him
    4. Do your WORDS and ACTIONS reflect Biblical Faith?
      1. Or, like the TEMPLE ELITE, do they reflect human traditions and opinions
    5. I fear we forget the power of salvation and what it feels like to be FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF GOD at Salvation
      1. If we ever truly experienced Him
        1. Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” ESV
      2. I fear that many millions of people sitting in padded church pews all around the world this weekend are just like these Pharisees.
        1. Strongly abide and enforce the tradition of the church
        2. Keeping the humanistic or legalistic rules
        3. COMPETELY MISSING a relationship with God
        4. THINKING they are God’s Child but NO LOVE
  5. Understand that there are no sinners God cannot forgive
    1. With a repentant heart
    2. With a faith that believes in Jesus
    3. By Grace ALONE through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone
    4. Who have you given up on because you think they are “Too far gone” for God to help
  6. This lady knew exactly who she was
    1. A sinner
      1. Looked down upon by society
      2. Ashamed of her lifestyle
      3. Used and abused by men – EVEN politicians and Temple Hypocrite Elitists
        1. She felt dirty and ashamed
        2. So she came to Jesus for
          1. Help
          2. Hope
          3. New Life
      4. A sinner seeking forgiveness and restoration
        1. A SINNER BROKEN before Holy God
          1. No words recorded
          2. Actions
            1. Repentant
            2. Humble
            3. Serving
          3. The Religious Temple Elite asked “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”
            1. So religious
            2. So legalistic
            3. So far from the Grace and Mercy of God
              1. HE IS Jesus Christ
                1. The living Son of our Living God
                2. Our Deliverer and Our Savior
              2. The folks had a busted faith
                1. Broken of Love and Compassion
                2. Broken of Faith and Restoration
                3. Broken away from God
        2. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace”
          1. So many are searching for peace.
            1. Peace is a gift
            2. Peace is bestowed by God
            3. Peace is God’s Word pronounces
              1. Peace though faith
              2. Peace through repentance
              3. Peace through love

Luke 7:18 – 23     Persistence – Hang in there

I wish I was more like John the Baptist.

  • Radically devoted to his faith.
  • Knew Jesus from before he was born.
  • Served God faithfully, even in tough times
    • PLUS He wore Camel hair and a leather belt
  • He is well known and respected for his Faith and Works to this day

But, John was not perfect.  John sometimes wondered…..

  • John was wondering if Jesus was indeed who he thought He was
    • After John had baptized Jesus
    • After John saw the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus
    • After John had heard the Voice from heaven proclaim to Jesus “You are my beloved Son, with You I am well pleased”

Now John was wondering

  • Are you the REAL DEAL?
  • Did I make a mistake in telling others you were the One?
  • Should I be offended by You?
  • Did You claim to be someone You were not?

I think John had a picture in his mind of what Jesus would be doing and what Jesus was actually doing did not match his thoughts

  • Many of the Jews thought Jesus would become their earthly king right then and there
  • He was to deliver them from the Romans/Government
  • He was to reign and rule
    • Not preach
    • Certainly, Not be a poor carpenter
  • John was wavering in his faith
  • John was wondering if he had been wrong and he should change his focus and start looking for the “real deal”
  • We do the same thing today
    • We may have the same questions as John
    • We may wonder the same as John
      • God, why is this happening if You are here?
        • God, aren’t You supposed to be KING?
      • Why are these things happening to good people
        • Why are these things happening to me?
          • I work so hard for You
          • I sacrificed so much for you…
          • I waited so long for you…
        • God I asked you for this yesterday….
        • God I do not understand….
        • Is it You God? Is it really You?
      • Jesus was sending a bigger message to John
        • Hang in there, John
        • Yes John, I AM!  Here is the proof!
        • I am THE REAL DEAL
        • Psalm 46:8-11 “Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  The Lord  of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. ESV
        • Persevere John! Keep doing the Work I gave you
        • I got this! Persevere in the faith
        • Hang in there! He Hung there for you!
      • John, God led Me to you
      • When you have times of WONDERING or WANDERING
        • Go back to God
          • You don’t have to be ashamed of your FAITH
          • Do not be offended – Keep preaching – Keep serving
        • You do not have to find someone else to ask for you
          • People will take advantage of your weakness for their gain
          • GO TO GOD!
        • ASK HIM! We wonder because we do not ask!
          • We don’t have because we do not seek Him and Ask Him
        • You do not have to be ashamed of Him
        • You certainly do not need to be OFFENDED by Him
          • Hang in there! God’s Got This!

September 27th                     What Jesus Does                  Luke 7:11-17

Luke 7:11-17  “Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.”   ESV

Many times we are caught wondering where God is or what He is doing while we face adversity, uncertainty or great trouble.

I think we can find some of those answers in our text today.

  1. Jesus Came
    1. Not accidently
      1. This was not a coincidence
      2. God had a plan
    2. Jesus KNEW
      1. Just as He knows the trouble you are facing today
    3. This trip was not about THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE who were following Him
      1. He already had them wrangled up and had been teaching them
      2. This was about going outside of where they were and ministering in a hurting world.
  • This was about following God’s Will even if it took them away from their homes and into uncomfortable spaces.
  1. God HAS A PLAN for you
  2. Christ is HERE for you
  3. They were willing to go to GREAT LENGTHS for you!
    1. Even to Calvary’s Cruel Cross
  1. Jesus Cared
  2. In a world full of uncaring, arrogant and self-focused people it is easy to believe that NO ONE CARES. WRONG!
  3. There are people who care
    1. Most importantly: GOD CARES
  4. He came across this funeral procession and had GREAT COMPASSION
    1. Funerals are for people who have passed away.
    2. The text proclaims that this young man HAD DIED
  5. He found a widowed mother who had lost her husband and now her son.
    • She was hurting, helpless and hopeless
  1. No family
  2. No support
  3. No hope
  1. Jesus Commanded
    1. We sometimes forget that the Words of Christ are the Word of God
      1. The Word became Flesh
      2. We have the written Word of God
  • They were hearing the audible Word of God
    1. The Words of God gave her peace and assurance
    2. He gave her reason for hope
  • Jesus brought her peace and removed her tears.
  1. Sometimes, the peace God brings is beyond ALL of our understanding
    1. The young man who this funeral was being held for HAD NO CHOICE but to obey the Word of God
    2. HE AROSE
      1. And started talking
      2. I wish we knew what he said
  1. I find it interesting that the bearers “Stood Still”
    1. They somehow knew not to interfere
    2. We must be careful not to stand in the way of the Mission of Jesus in our lives and the lives of those around us.
  2. Jesus competed His Work
    1. The lost restored – JESUS GAVE HIM TO HIS MOTHER
      1. Lost son
      2. Lost hope
    2. Family restored
    3. God glorified
    4. The Word of God spread around the country
  3. Will you allow Jesus Christ to come into your life, bringing all His Compassion and Power, to be a positive and saving force FOR YOU?