Category Archives: Jesus Christ

Knowing God’s Will Through Jesus

Matthew 17:1-9; John 1:17-19. Consider a miracle that proves Jesus to be more than a miracle worker. This miracle proved that He is God; and being Deity He came to make known God’s will to us.

I. DIFFICULT WEEK

A. Great Confession (Matt 16:13-20; cf. John 6:68-69; Matt 16:16)

B. Troubling Prophecy (Matt 16:21)

C. Stinging Rebuke(s) (Matt 16:22-23)

D. Demanding Call (Matt 16:24-28; cf. 1 Cor 15:31; Gal 2:20; Col 1:27; Col 3:5-10)

II. REMARKABLE NIGHT

A. Jesus Is Glorious (Matt 17:2; cf. John 17:5; Acts 9:3-5; Rev 1:16-19; 2 Cor 3:18)

B. Jesus Prayed about His Mission with Friends (Luke 9:28)

C. Jesus Talked about His Death with Friends (Luke 9:31; cf. Heb 3:12-13)

D. Jesus Has All Authority (Matt 17:4-6; cf. Matt 28:18-20; Heb 1:1-2)

When leaving the mount of worship, go to the valley of service (Matt 17:14-19)
Like Jesus, we can be transformed (2 Cor 3:18; 1 John 3:2-3; Col 3:2-4)
Begin or be lost forever from God (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16)

Overcoming The Adversary With Jesus

Mark 3:20-35; Col 1:27. Most of us can hardly imagine what it would be like to live in a hostile land, surrounded by danger and death. But as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we live in enemy territory (John 12:31-32; Heb 2:14-15; 2 Cor 4:4; 1 John 5:19; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Eph 6:12; 1 John 3:8).

I. WE ARE IN A WAR (Mark 3:20-28)

A. We can win (Rom 8:37; Col 1:27)
B. We can lose (1 John 2:15-17; Jas 1:14-16)
C. We need help (Col 1:13-14; Acts 2:38; Col 2:12-13; 1 John 1:9)

II. THERE IS AN ETERNAL SIN (Mark 3:28-30)

A. Rejecting the Spirit in Jesus (John 3:34-36)
B. Rejecting the Spirit of Scripture (John 16:13; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
C. Remaining in ignorance (1 Tim 1:12-16; Zech 13:2; Matt 12:28)

III. JESUS HAS A FAMILY (Mark 3:30-35)

A. Inclusive: “Whoever”
B. Exclusive: “Whoever does the will of God”

Satan is real (1 Pet 5:8); Judgment is certain (2 Tim 4:1); Victory is near (Matt 25:41; 1 Cor 15:55-57)

Fearless with Jesus

Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:15-21. The lesson in both miracles (Mark 4 and 6) is that when fear intersects our lives, only the Lord Jesus Christ can calm our fears and give us courage to overcome them (Col 1:27). But we cannot properly deal with any fear until we understand “More about Jesus”.

I. MORE ABOUT JESUS

A. He is devoted to your salvation.
1. He seeks the lost (Luke 19:9-10)
2. He prays for the saved (Heb 7:25; Luke 22:31-32)
a. He prayed for Himself (John 6:14-15)
b. He prayed for His disciples (Mark 6:46-47)

B. He is preparing you for salvation.
1. Testing time (Mark 6:33-44, 52)
2. Testing results (Jas 1:2-6; 1 Pet 1:3-9)

C. He is encouraging you toward salvation.
1. Jesus is near you (Mark 6:48)
2. Jesus is with you (Mark 6:49-51; Heb 2:14-18)

Courage is a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear.
The disciples needed courage to cross the stormy sea in obedience to Christ.

II. “DO NOT BE AFRAID”

A. He is the source of courage.
1. His prayers are prevention
2. His presence is protection
3. His words are comforting and full of hope
a. Peter lost courage (Matt 14:28-30)
b. Jesus restored courage (Matt 14:31)

The Lord will go as far as necessary to save our souls from sin and separation from God
if we will always walk toward Him (Romans 8:38-39; Psalms 27:1).

When Christ lives in us we don’t have to fear anything.
Don’t live another minute in fear (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16)

Christ In You, More Than Enough

Text: Luke 9:10-17

Not having enough can be frightening until we remember the day Jesus fed 5,000 plus from a young man’s lunch basket.

I. SETTING, MIRACLE, RESULT

A. Hunger:
1. Pressing need. Unifying need.

B. Bleakness:
1. Late hour. Far away. Limited provisions. Many people

C. Response:
1. Look to self (Esau: Gen 25:29-34)
2. Look to Jesus (Andrew: John 6:8-9)
3. Look to the LORD God (Psalmist: Psa 63:1-4; 42:1)

D. The Twelve:
1. Amnesia (Luke 8:22-56; 9:1-6)
2. Inadequacy (Luke 9:13)

E. Jesus:
1. Greater than Elijah (2 Kings 4:42-44)
2. Greater than Moses (John 4:10, 14; 8:12; 9:5; 6:32-35)

F. Satisfaction:
1. Physical life (Luke 9:17; Matt 6:33)
2. Eternal life (John 6:51; John 6:50)
3. Spiritual life (Heb 7:25)
4. Obedient life (Heb 10:22)

Sufficiency and Satisfaction are found ONLY in Jesus Christ
(Phil 4:12-13; 2 Cor 3:4-5)

Faith That Made Jesus Marvel

Why do the gospels record Jesus’s miracles?

1. To show us His teaching in action; miracles are life examples of His teaching.

2. To assure us that He is God and that He was working for God the Father (John 3:2; 14:11).

3. To help us understand the power of God.

  • He gave vocal commands to creation (John 1:1-5; Mark 4:37-41)
  • Distance didn’t impede Him (John 4:46-54)
  • Time didn’t restrict Him (John 5:1-9)
  • Insufficiency didn’t stop Him (John 6:1-14)
  • Dilemma’s didn’t frighten Him (John 6:16-21)
  • Demons didn’t intimidate Him (Mark 1:23-26; 9:25-27)
  • Death didn’t end life (Luke 7:13-15; John 2:19-22)

4. To prove to us that He is Christ (Messiah) prophesied in the Scripture.

  • Isa 35:4-6 // Fulfilled Matt 11:5
  • Isa 53:4 // Fulfilled Matt 8:16-17
  • Isa 61:1-2 // Fulfilled Luke 4:18-19

5. To move us to respond.

  • Anger (Matt 12:9-14; John 11:47-48, 53)
  • Superficial commitment (John 6:26-27)
  • Genuine faith (John 20:30-31; Mark 16:9)

[Let’s begin our study of Jesus’ miracles (Luke 7:1-10).

I. WHAT COMPASSION!

A. Centurion: “a…slave who was highly regarded by him” (Luke 7:2).
1. Uncommon sentiment (Matt 20:25)

II. WHAT A COMMENDATION!

A. Jewish elders: “He is worthy for you to grant this for him” (Luke 7:3-5).
1. Unworthy all (Rom 3:10; 5:6; Psa 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecc 7:20)

III. WHAT A SELF-EVALUATION!

A. Centurion: “I am not worthy for you to come under my roof” (Luke 7:6-7).
1. Unlike pride (Luke 17:10; Mark 10:17-31; 43-45; Mark 10:17-31; Jas 4:6).

IV. WHAT FAITH!

A. Centurion: “Jesus…marveled at him” (Luke 7:7-10).
1. Uncanny faith (Rom 10:17; a possible source: John 4:46-54)

Nothing gladdens the Lord more than when we place our faith in the authority of His word, and nothing saddens the Lord more than when we don’t.

The Roman commander shows what it means to have Christ live in us.