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Outline for Caricatures of Jesus: Healer


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Outline for Caricatures of Jesus: Healer

  1. 1. Outline for Caricatures of Jesus: HealingSpeaker: Michael StewartMarch 18, 2010John 9-1-41; Matthew 9:2-8; James 5:13-20<br />Introduction<br /><ul><li>Caricatures – Artist drawing on the street exaggerating character traits of the individual
  2. 2. If I was drawn:
  3. 3. Big eyebrows like Bert from Sesame Street
  4. 4. Overall complexion like the Walking Stick from A Bugs Life
  5. 5. If I told the artist I was 25% Arabic, my beard would be enhanced
  6. 6. And if I was wearing a hat, the drawing might even instead show a turban
  7. 7. Caricature theme relates to the dominant character traits in Jesus, the ones that really stand out
  8. 8. Week 1 was Love:
  9. 9. Speaker – Travis Shannon, a youth pastor in Gillette, WY
  10. 10. Jesus’ love culminated in an ultimate act of humility
  11. 11. Perfect in every way
  12. 12. In complete union with the Father and the Holy Spirit
  13. 13. Came down from Heaven off His throne to earth
  14. 14. Lived a life free of sin
  15. 15. For the joy set before Him
  16. 16. Endured the cross and the shame
  17. 17. Took our sin upon Himself
  18. 18. Crushed by the Father’s full wrath because of sin
  19. 19. The Father showed that His requirement for sin – death – and His justice was satisfied by raising Christ from the dead
  20. 20. Those who believe in Christ and what He did are declared righteous by God (even though we still sin)
  21. 21. Travis illustrated this –
  22. 22. A diagonal line pointing downward: Jesus coming to earth, and our fall from God because of sin
  23. 23. Second diagonal line pointing upward representing us being restored to our relationship with God before sin entered the world through faith in His Son, resulting in:
  24. 24. Eternal life
  25. 25. Fellowship with God
  26. 26. Change of affections from a love of self and sin, to a love of God and hatred for sin
  27. 27. Week 2: Teacher
  28. 28. Speaker Andrew Anderson
  29. 29. Jesus taught in all known forms of teaching:
  30. 30. Audio/Visual
  31. 31. Kinesthetic
  32. 32. Hands-on
  33. 33. Reading/Writing
  34. 34. Taught 100% about the Kingdom of God
  35. 35. Spoke in a way that was relevant to His audience
  36. 36. Utterly profound – No one spoke like this man
  37. 37. Simple – Spoke empathetically with what they were going though
  38. 38. Spoke in terms of their hopes – “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”
  39. 39. We are called to be teachers
  40. 40. Not on our own authority
  41. 41. Given authority by Christ and thus:
  42. 42. Empowered to love learning about God
  43. 43. Empowered to teach to others what we have learned
  44. 44. Empowered to make it relevant to Jesus Christ who alone can save them
  45. 45. This week – Jesus as Healer
  46. 46. Note: Subject is incredibly vast and for that reason, I’ll be sticking to this outline in order at least understand the basics, namely:
  47. 47. Why Jesus heals
  48. 48. How Jesus heals
  49. 49. Physical
  50. 50. Emotional
  51. 51. Spiritual
  52. 52. Physiological
  53. 53. Our Sins
  54. 54. Who Jesus heals
  55. 55. Common responses to healing
  56. 56. Is there healing now
  57. 57. Our responsibility to healing – ourselves and each other</li></ul>So let’s go:<br /><ul><li>Teaching from
  58. 58. John Chapter 9 – approx. 41 verses
  59. 59. Reading from ESV
  60. 60. Background before John 9
  61. 61. Jesus tells the Jews and Pharisees, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
  62. 62. Making a declaration
  63. 63. Existed before Abraham was born
  64. 64. The “I AM” was the like the “I AM” in the burning burn with Moses
  65. 65. That He was equal with God and therefore hinting that He was the Messiah
  66. 66. Pick up stones to throw at Him (they thought He was blaspheming – which was punishable by death from stones)
  67. 67. Jesus escapes through miraculous means
  68. 68. As we pick from John 9, Jesus and the disciples were being pursued by those wanting to stone Him
  69. 69. Start John 9
  70. 70. Why Jesus heals (John 9: 1-5)
  71. 71. Read v. 1-5:
  72. 72. 1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
  73. 73. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
  74. 74. 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
  75. 75. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.
  76. 76. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
  77. 77. Back then, sin was equated with suffering or aliment – the disciples supposed that
  78. 78. This man sinned greatly – and therefore, he was blind from birth
  79. 79. This man’s parents sinned greatly – and therefore, the man was blind from birth
  80. 80. Jesus reveals in v. 3 that while sin is always destructive in nature and can result in suffering, the reason for this man’s blindness from birth is so that
  81. 81. The works of God might be displayed in him, meaning
  82. 82. Prophecy could be fulfilled concerning Jesus being the Messiah – Isaiah 29:18 – “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.”
  83. 83. That the Will of His Father would be fulfilled – John 6:40 – “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life.”
  84. 84. From this we observe the reason for v. 4-5
  85. 85. We might work the works of Him who sent while I’m here on this earth – while it is day
  86. 86. Night is coming – meaning His crucifixion, when He can no longer show Israel that the Messiah has come
  87. 87. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world – As long as I am alive on the earth, I must do everything I can to bring people to faith in Me
  88. 88. So here we see the reason for Jesus healing, or giving someone the strength to endure until the end with joy in Him
  89. 89. So that it will proclaim He is the Savior of the World and the Son of God
  90. 90. To call individuals to turn from their sins and trust in Him and have eternal life
  91. 91. To bring us who have believed in Him back to the relationship with God that would have always been if sinned had never entered the world
  92. 92. To bring glory to God – meaning to display the greatness of God, His holiness, the fact that He far above and beyond any of His creation, and He desires that we know and experience this greatness
  93. 93. How Jesus heals (v. 6-7)
  94. 94. Read 6-7:
  95. 95. 6 Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud
  96. 96. 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
  97. 97. Here we see the miracle of Jesus and further proof that He is the Son of God – Observe
  98. 98. God created man out of the dust of the earth
  99. 99. Jesus recreates this man’s eyes from mud
  100. 100. In v. 7 – Jesus gives the man a directive to go and wash
  101. 101. Man’s response: He went, washed – Result: He came back seeing
  102. 102. He had only a conception in his mind about things looked
  103. 103. He was now able to see those things as they were perfectly
  104. 104. Who Jesus heals
  105. 105. Jesus heals those who recognize that they need healing and allows Jesus to put ‘mud’ on our eyes – the faith of a mustard seed
  106. 106. Doesn’t mean that believe they will be healed
  107. 107. Doesn’t mean that they know who Jesus
  108. 108. Means that they acknowledge that we are helpless
  109. 109. Mud on our eyes represents Jesus’ Word (The Word of God)
  110. 110. The blind man going and washing represents us doing what Jesus has told us to do (Doing what is in the Word of God)
  111. 111. Result: We see
  112. 112. We are healed (instantly or over time)
  113. 113. We are given God’s strength and joy to endure until the end
  114. 114. God is then glorified and seen by others
  115. 115. For who He is through our faithful obedience
  116. 116. Calls them to have their eyes opened
  117. 117. Word of God – Promises by God concerning healing
  118. 118. Physical
  119. 119. Isaiah 40:30-31 – “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
  120. 120. Emotional
  121. 121. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
  122. 122. 1 Peter 5:10 – “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
  123. 123. Spiritual
  124. 124. Titus 3:3-7 – “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
  125. 125. Physiological
  126. 126. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 – “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
  127. 127. Our Sins
  128. 128. Psalm 103:2-5 – “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
  129. 129. 1 John 1:8-9 – “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  130. 130. Responses to Healing (v. 8-41)
  131. 131. Response of faith
  132. 132. Trusting God enough to believe and do what He says in His Word is the response of faith that brings healing or the strength to endure with joy
  133. 133. God will also, if He so chooses, open our spiritual eyes to believe in Him as the Son of God
  134. 134. Response of unbelief and pride
  135. 135. Man comes back – Some were in awe, some doubted (saying he had a twin brother)
  136. 136. Brings the man before the Pharisees
  137. 137. Religious leaders of the day
  138. 138. Viewed as holy and righteous
  139. 139. Man recounts the story to the Pharisees
  140. 140. Some of them said, “This Jesus is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”
  141. 141. Some of them said, “How can a sinner do such signs?”
  142. 142. There was a division among them
  143. 143. Asks the man his opinion of Jesus – “He is a prophet”
  144. 144. Result – Unbelief
  145. 145. Didn’t believe the man had been blind and received his sight
  146. 146. Called his parents and asked them to confirm this – confirmed it but didn’t admit they believed their son in who open his eyes or how they were opened
  147. 147. Said this because they feared being thrown out of the synagogue – similar to being on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list
  148. 148. Called the man back a second time
  149. 149. Called him a liar – “Give Glory to God; we know this man’s a sinner”
  150. 150. Man says, “Whether or not he’s a sinner, I don’t know – I know that once I was blind and now I see.”
  151. 151. Pharisees ask him again how Jesus opened his eyes
  152. 152. Man gets annoyed, “I’ve already told you; why do you want to hear it again – do you want to be become his disciples or something?”
  153. 153. Pharisees accuse him of being Jesus’ disciple and then reveals the source of their unbelief – pride “We do not know on what authority Jesus does these things.” They knew perfectly well, because they knew all the prophecies concerning the Messiah and Jesus proved time and time again that he was that Messiah
  154. 154. If they were to admit that, the Pharisees would have had to give up their authority, and how the people viewed them as righteous and holy – the people would have seen them as prideful and arrogant and so in their anger they refused to believe this man’s story
  155. 155. The blind man shows them their pride in saying that if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His Will, God listens to them and so if Jesus was not from God, He couldn’t have given the man his sight
  156. 156. The Pharisees cast him out the synagogue – he was excommunicated and he could no longer associate with anyone he previously knew
  157. 157. Blind Man’s Response – Adoration and Worship
  158. 158. Jesus finds out what happened to the man he healed, and finds him
  159. 159. Asks him plainly, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
  160. 160. “Who is he sir, that I may believe in Him?”
  161. 161. Jesus says, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you”
  162. 162. Blind Man’s spiritual eyes were then opened
  163. 163. “Lord, I believe.”
  164. 164. He worshipped him
  165. 165. Jesus says in verse 39 – “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”
  166. 166. Jesus came to cause those who think they everything to become blind, and those who know their blind and helpless to see.
  167. 167. Does Jesus heal today – Yes
  168. 168. He does so to show the world who He truly is
  169. 169. He does so in order people to repent and know Him as the God of Love, the all-knowing Teacher, and the all sufficient Healer
  170. 170. My Story – It’s tempted to think that He doesn’t because of all the suffering we hear about or experience, but if that were true, I wouldn’t be here speaking to you right now. If God didn’t heal today
  171. 171. The pneumonia that I had ten minutes after I was born would have caused me to suffocate and would have killed me
  172. 172. The machine the doctors put me on to help me breathe would have failed
  173. 173. operation they performed that had never been done on a baby before in the Northwest would have failed
  174. 174. The second operation I had when I was six years old that was intended to help me walk like everyone else would have left me paralyzed for life
  175. 175. if the faith and determination I had to overcome and walk again had not been given to me by God, then I would have never been healed, and He would never have been glorified
  176. 176. What I will never fully understand
  177. 177. Is why I was healed, and others who I love were not
  178. 178. I know it has to do with God being most glorified by strengthen them until then end
  179. 179. I know that nothing God does is wrong – He’s always righteous, always holy, and his understanding and knowledge is unsearchable – but I still don’t fully understand it
  180. 180. What He has revealed to me
  181. 181. Is that those who are in Christ and suffer and are not healed
  182. 182. Experience God’s love, joy, and peace in a measure that we cannot possibly imagine
  183. 183. Are home – death is nothing more for a Christian, then going home
  184. 184. And that home is a home where there’s no pain, no suffering, no hardship, and where they are One and at peace with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
  185. 185. Christ understands your pain – your anger and your bitterness if you have lost someone
  186. 186. He was forsaken by His Father for taking the sins of the world – He was completely and utterly alone
  187. 187. He was crushed by the full wrath of God for our sins
  188. 188. His heart was broken
  189. 189. Christ died to bind up your broken heart
  190. 190. Isaiah prophesied this in Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
  191. 191. If you believe in Christ, you are an adopted son or daughter of God
  192. 192. You then have a right to approach God boldly, knowing that He is God, that He works all things for good to those who love Him, and confess to Him your anger and frustration
  193. 193. Confession means to state what you feel as a fact
  194. 194. As you continue to do this, God eventually help you be at peace and content with what used to make you angry
  195. 195. Eventually, you will be able to trust God with whatever comes, even if you don’t fully understand it
  196. 196. What is our responsibility to healing
  197. 197. First, repent of pride and anger realizing
  198. 198. It prevents us from knowing the God of love, joy, and peace
  199. 199. It prevents others from seeing God as He truly is
  200. 200. It robs God of the glory He has earned
  201. 201. We have a responsibility to each other (as seen in James 5) Read James 5:13-16, 19, 20 - 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call on the church, and let the church pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise them up. And if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Verse 19 – My friends, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings them back, 20 let them know that whoever brings back a sinner from their wandering will save their soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
  202. 202. We have a responsibility to pray for those who are suffering, and to go before God as His son or as His daughter in respect because of what He has done through Christ and to bring Him all our concerns and frustrations.
  203. 203. We have a responsibility to confess our sins: to find someone we can trust, someone who has been through what we’re going through and to confess our sins to them.
  204. 204. We have a responsibility to offer strength to those who need to be lifted up and to give wisdom to those who are struggling.
  205. 205. We have a responsibility not to judge one another, but to encourage one another, to check up on each other and continue to encourage each other long after the hardship they’ve been through has passed.
  206. 206. And we are able to do this by faith, because God has empowered us to do so, in order that we may know Him as He truly is, and trust in Him as sufficient in all things.
  207. 207. Prayer
  208. 208. Father, I come before you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross and the shame so that “all who look to You and believe in You can eternal life.”
  209. 209. This is why you came, so that we could have life and have it more abundantly – life that is content with whatever comes because You work all things for our good. Impress upon us your everlasting love for us.
  210. 210. Holy Spirit, help us to be aware of any pride, unbelief or anger, and remind us that because Christ died for us and paid the price for sin, we can now come before You boldly and confess our anger and say that we don’t understand, that we are hurt.
  211. 211. Give us, I pray, an understanding of your reason for healing us and for all that you do, so that you can bring us to a full relationship with you. Give us faith to let it all the anger go and be healed and restored, and have life, joy and peace once again.
  212. 212. Give us an awareness to encourage those around us, to be a help to those who need healing, to give words of wisdom and of insight, to be strength for those who are overwhelmed and feel like they can’t go on.
  213. 213. Fill our hearts with the compassion that you had for the blind man. Empower us by Your Grace, tonight. Let this be a night of healing, and may You be glorified because of it. In Jesus name, Amen.