Sermons by Joe Khan (Page 29)
In our society our sense of injustice is incredibly finely tuned. When we are wronged, even in the smallest of ways, we are quick to respond with shock, anger and emotion. We have seen just how radical Jesus’ life has been. He has sought out the lost, welcomed in the sinners, healed the sick and overcome evil; Jesus was the most amazing man who ever lived. And yet the religious leaders of His day hated Him and conspired to kill…
We have seen how Jesus demolished the religiosity of the Pharisees and how He is the One with true authority and victory over evil. This week we hear about Jesus’ heart for the lost. In one of His most famous parables, Jesus tells the story of two sons… one rebellious and destructive the other obedient and hard working. As we look at how each son responds to the father we learn so much about how people in this world respond to God.
After seeing that Jesus breaks the mould of religiosity last week, this week we see Jesus meets a man who has been overcome with evil. How will He respond? Will He hide from the man? Will He condemn the man? Will He destroy the man? As Jesus responds to this man and the evil that has overpowered him we see that Jesus has a radical authority that we all desperately need.
Jesus is the most talked about man in history so your response to Christianity isn’t based on whether or not you believe in Him, but what you believe about Him… So today we start looking at His life so that we can make an informed decision about the things He did and said. In this encounter we see Jesus’ desire to take His message of salvation to the people who need it most and how He demolishes our religiosity to do so.