St. Luke's Church Faribault
      • Psalm 89NIV2011

      • 2 Samuel 7:8–16NIV2011

      • Luke 1:26–38NIV2011

      • Romans 16:25–27NIV2011

      • Psalm 89NIV2011

      • 2 Samuel 7:8–16NIV2011

      • Luke 1:26–38NIV2011

      • Romans 16:25–27NIV2011

      • Psalm 67NIV2011

      • Isaiah 53NIV2011

      • Matthew 5:1–12NIV2011

  • Intro/Recap

    Maybe you remember several months ago, from before advent we were doing this sermon series called You Are “Never too Whatever for and encounter with Jesus.”
    Jesus went throughout Galilee doing three things. Jesus
    Proclaimed the good news of the kingdom
    Matthew writes about Jesus’s teaching in Chapters 5-7 in the sermon on the mount.
    The people in those days were hungry for something, and they were searching. Life was not very good for the average citizen and people were hungry for a better life. The government was oppressive, the economy was not good, there were economic and racial prejudices, no health care They wanted relief.
    When times are tough, people need spiritual relief as well as physical relief from their problems. The two are tied together almost inseparable.
    Jesus in the sermon on the Mount offers them hope. Matthew 5.1-6
    Matthew 5:1–6 NIV
    1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    This is good news hope for the hopeless, balm for their soul right. We could use a little of this today. There is spiritual comfort and healing available for the physical difficulties of the world. The spiritual healing is so powerful it carries over into the physical and provides relief.
    The question of them, and for us, is this message true- Does Jesus’s message carry weight ? Is what Jesus taught applicable to life. At the end of the day, are the things Jesus says promises that sound nice, but are not very practical, or do these words offer real tangible change for our life. Today, during these turbulent times, when we are facing the challenges of today?
    For those people, and for us- If the message Jesus preached was from God? Then when God says Blessed are the poor in spirit? Well then you may have something. This may have an impact on my life.
    At the start of Matthew chapter 8 Jesus comes down from the mountain, and adds weight to what he says. He validates that He is the God-man by doing miracles. There are healings many healings both physical and spiritual. Healings in the physical world and in the demonic world.
    Let’s review a bit from Matthew chapter 8.
    Matthew 8:1–3 NIV
    1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
    This man a leper was an outsider an outcast. This mans life has a barrier to reaching God, it is the barrier of purity. He was not clean enough to reach God. Jesus cleans him up and as a result demonstrates He has power and His message has credibility. It shows us that we are never too far removed, too unclean too outside for Jesus.
    Next Jesus encounters someone else
    Matthew 8:4–9 NIV
    4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
    The next person Jesus encounters has another barrier to the faith community. This one is primarily ethnic., but he is also powerful and rich as well. A member of the elite. Jesus reaches across that barrier, to reach this man. Again, Jesus gives credibility to the word of God through this miracle, and at the same time has crossed from end of the spectrum to the other showing that of course you are never too poor or unclean or rich or powerful for Jesus.
    The next few verses tell us that there is another barrier that can keep you from Jesus, it is your religion, or your own ideas about who Jesus is. It can be your unwillingness to accept Him.
    It is possible to miss an encounter with Jesus because your are too religious for God. Yep you heard me right-too religious for God. Religion is an attempt by man to reach God. Religion is a series of steps or formulas designed to bring man closer to God.
    The religious people had a picture of God in their heads. It was not entirely wrong, it just did not have room for a God-man. They thought they new what perfection was. It was based on blessings. They thought Jesus should be more royal, more elite, more powerful. They were looking more for a king who was defeating the romans rather than defeating the powers of the dark world they could not see.
    So when Jesus starts touching lepers and associating with the Romans the enemy When Jesus is hanging out with fishermen and not the elite religious people and when Jesus does not have an earthly kingdom, they do not give credibility to His teaching so… Jesu says this about the religious folks.
    Matthew 8:10–13 NIV
    10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
    That brings us up to where we are in Matthew 8, verse 14.
    Matthew 8:14–17 NIV
    14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
    Now Jesus goes to Peter’s house, the home of Peter the fisherman, in a small fishing village on the shore of the sea of Galilee. Peter’s mother-in-law is sick. Up to this point Jesus crossed the line for purity, ethnicity and power , and now he encounters another marginalized member of society. Peter’s mother in-law.
    In that society in those days women were not treated with the same degree of respect and dignity as men. This lady, Peter’s mother, a step removed from Peter’s immediate family has a fever, indicating some sort of serious illness. Malaria? An infection Who knows? But a man let alone a rabbi, probably should not even be in the room with her let alone touch a woman with a fever.
    Yet that is what Jesus does. He reaches out and touches her, and heals her.
    She is not too marginalized, she is not removed enough-she is not insignificant enough for this traveling rabbi, or for the power of God Almighty to infiltrate her life. She gets up instantly and begins to “wait on him” or the Greek implies her instantly getting up and serving Jesus a meal out of gratitude for her healing.
    It is hard to understand when we have grown up in the evangelical America where we sing what a friend we have in Jesus.But for the Jews God was TRANSCENDENT. He was out here. HOLY AND MIGHTY AND POWERFUL. The people were so far removed from even the possibility of an encounter with God. We tend to forget that. With Jesus as our friend, he is our genie in a bottle to give us all the good gifts so we look to Him to provide the things we lack. Our need for Jesus becomes a need for the physical blessings, and we are frustrated when Jesus provides the spiritual healing and our physical healing remains unchanged.
    Then there is another possibility. The point at which we go so far over the other side God is so far removed from us, that we have
    Next, Matthew writes,
    Matthew 8:16 NIV
    16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
    Travel and healing is not permitted on the sabbath but it ends at sundown, so the crowd who had heard the sermon on the mount, maybe heard about the healings so they go get their sick friends and relatives, and people start coming at night to see Jesus. They are wanting relief from their physical ailments
    They are even bringing the demon possessed. This makes us a little uncomofrtable doesn’t it. People don’t have much belief in the demon possessed anymore. Some people even write this off, oh they say those ancient people they thought everyone was demon posssessed. Some people today just don’t believe in this.
    The truth is that this spiritual realm is very real, it is all over the Bible, and what is going on here is directly tied to that realm. Jesus is even healing the spiritual problems of people. By driving out the the demons, he is healing NOT just the physical, but the spiritual as well. Jesus has authroity over the demonic realm.This is not an equal battle where we hope Jesus comes out on top.
    Jesus says the word and they have to flee, they have to depart. Jesus speaks light into the dark places of the soul and as the word of God made flesh proclaims the word to them, they flee. SO Jesus DRIVES THEM OUT WITH A WORD.
    Then Nattehw writes this
    Matthew 8:17 NIV
    17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
    Matthew says, that Jesus healed the sick and drove out the demons in order to fulfill what was written by the prophet Isaiah some 700 years before.When God promises something-no matter how long ago he promised it it comes true, and God gave this promise to the the Prophet Isiah. Isaiah chapter 53, verse 4.
    Isaiah 53:4 NIV
    4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
    Linda read Isiah chpater 53 for us this morning, it is called the servants song. In the book of Isaiah chapter 53, the prophet Isiaiah is recording God’s words. God is describing a servant that will come one day, to rescue people. Is 53 is truly shocking in how plain it is in that it is refeering to Jesus Christ.
    It was written 700 years before Jesus lived, and it describes crucixifixtion even before it was thing.
    Matthew says Hey these things Jesus was doing. That healing, casting out those demons, it was exactly what God talked about in Isiaiah 53.
    Matthew by quoting Isiaiaih 53 here after the demonic healing and the way the sentence is written in the Greek makes it clear that Matthew is talking about Jesus bearing bore our physical infirmaties and our spiritual infimritites.
    Jesus takes on this suffering. He take up our pain and suffering, the pain in our hearts, the pain in our bodies nad YET even though He did this we consider HIm punished by God and striken and afflicted by Him.
    Isaiah 53:5 NIV
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
    It is our suffering He bore, and it was for our transgressions and our iniguities that he suffered.
    It is called substiutionary atonenment, Jesus was the substitute for us, He carried the the punishment that was due us.
    Isaiah 53:6 NIV
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
    We ALL like sheep have gone astray. EACH one of us. We are all guilty of going against God. Even the best people on earth, have gone against God. We have in our heart harborded anger, or jealousy or lust, or greed.
    SOme people just shrug and say yeah so what nobody;s perfect right? God knows allpeople cant be perfect right. Well sure but what you have to remeber is that Boible is clear that God is also just, and right,, and honest.
    God must be completely JUST and if He is just, then any crime against His perfect righteousness or justee must be punished,
    See. here it is look. God has created a human being right? That is His creation, it is good, as the creator It is his person He is the creator,, WHt he did is how he wanted it right, so it must be good. Then we come along, and we say I don’t like that person. Maybe we don’t even do anything outright against them but ibn our mind we are thinking it.
    Now, If we are thinking that what we are thinking, is that the perfect God, who is all good, and everything he cretes is good, I don;t like that, I think it is not all good, there is something inferiror to what God breated, If I created it I would have done it like this. I would have made this person this way or that way.
    Like it or not, whether you are aware of it or not, that is what you are saying. You are saying inessence that YOUknow better than God. You nare trying to ursurp the authority, the leadership of the creator of the universe. That is a high crime. Probably the highest crime. Treason agaionst the King od Univrse.
    FOr justice to served, you must be punished for your crime. God can punish you and He is still completely just. He can even still love you. Just becasue he is enacting justice on you perfect fair justice, in no way interfere’s with his love.
    But… God decides according to own pleasure and will to extend to some grace. He does not have to extend you grace- grace is unmerited favor right? He does not have to give it and He still aminains his justice, but he extends grace.
    SO inorder to still preserve his justice, the crmes still have to be punished, SO God takes them upin HImself. He maintains His justice, by taking the sins of whosoeve shall believe in hIm and he places them on Jesus.
    SO Jesus fully God and fully man, bears thepunishment for our sins.
    Matthew describes three healings of these magninalized members ofs soiety in rapid succession.
    The point is this:
    The word of God from Jesus, is the answer for the longings of the hearts of the marginalized, the poor the outcast the needy, the unclean and it is Spiritual balm for the soul, a healing for the aches and cries of hummanity, and it is so powerful and so effective that it is here demonstrated by the healing of the physical world. ANd it carries over into the spiritual world.
    On the cross Jesus physically bore the pain if the punishment that was due us. the suffering that was due us and took it upon his hands his feet his back his head, and now God offerrs that to you by his grace through YOUR placing your faith in Jesus.
    If your sin sicj soul is linginf for righteousness today you can turn to Jesus and recieve in it healing. If you are poor in spirit, and starving for righteousness and goodness and oeace with God, turn to Jesus.
    Are you mourning today? DO you need comfort Jesus has born your sooriws, so that you can be comforted turn to Jesus DO you need mercy, do you need your heart to be made oure are you hiungering and thorsting for righteousness? Turn to Jesus today.
      • Matthew 5:1–6NIV2011

      • Matthew 8:1–3NIV2011

      • Matthew 8:4–9NIV2011

      • Matthew 8:10–13NIV2011

      • Matthew 8:14–17NIV2011

      • Matthew 8:16NIV2011

      • Matthew 8:17NIV2011

      • Isaiah 53:4NIV2011

      • Isaiah 53:5NIV2011

      • Isaiah 53:6NIV2011

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