Some people want to know about Jesus or quote Jesus or study Jesus, but we should want to live like Jesus. When you look at the ministry of Jesus and study His life, the big question is “why did Jesus come to earth?” This message is the last of our 4-part Live Like Jesus sermon series.

Before this week’s message, we watched the following powerful faith story by Dave Dravecky, former MLB player:

LIVE LIKE JESUS: THE FOCUS OF JESUS

Message by Todd Lester – January 31, 2016

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

To be lost means to be:

  1. Disconnected
  2. Deceived by satan
  3. Detoured
  4. Defeated

JESUS CAME…

1. TO HEAL THOSE WHO’VE LOST THEIR STRENGTH

Matthew 4:23-24 Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.

Mark 1:40-42 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.

Vinicio Riva, Disfigured Man Kissed By Pope Francis

Vinicio Riva, Disfigured Man Kissed By Pope Francis

Luke 6:32-34 (MSG) Here is a simple rule of thumb for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

James 5:15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

2. TO LIBERATE THOSE WHO’VE LOST THEIR FREEDOM

Luke 4:18-19 He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.

Luke 5:20, 23-25 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man,“Young man, your sins are forgiven” … “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.

3. TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO’VE LOST THEIR DIGNITY

John 8:3-11 As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap Him into saying something they could use against Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with His finger. “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then He stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman. “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

1 Samuel 2:8 (MSG) He puts poor people on their feet again; he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, restoring dignity and respect to their lives.

Every saint has a past

Oscar Wilde

For Sermon discussion resources click here:  Jan 31 Sermon Resources

 

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