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JESUS'S MESSAGE

  • Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of God
    • That is, Jesus came bringing the Good News the comes from God to men.
    • Not to show us how to behave
    • Not to show us how to treat each other nicely
    • Not to save the whales or the trees or extol the virtues of organic living
    • Not to smoke pot and philosophize
  • This gospel: The time has come and the kingdom of God is here!
    • God has come to start setting up his kingdom
    • Time's up! It's coming! It's here!
    • JESUS is the King!
    • This could be really good news, or really bad news
    • What are we supposed to do?
  • Repent
    • "an exceedingly poor rendering of the great word ‘metanoeita' source
    • " the worst translation in the new testament" - John Broadus, a Baptist preacher from the 19th century. source
    • in English: "to regret again", "to feel sorry" but this isn't what John was calling us to, and isn't what Jesus is calling us to.
    • "This is John's great word and it has been hopelessly mistranslated. The tragedy of it is that we have no one English word that reproduces exactly the meaning and atmosphere of the Greek word."
    • In Greek: Metanoeita: "think/see/perceive/understand/consider afterwards". Change your mind, Change your perception of reality, change the way you think, you now feel completely differently about your life/actions/(sins), sort of a "U Turn" in your heart, mind, and life. You were headed one direction, now you are headed another.
  • Repent of your sin, not just your sins
    • We think of individual sins (swearing, fighting, getting drunk, sleeping with someone you aren't married to, wasting your time, stealing, eating too much, bragging), these are all by products of a deeper condition
    • Jesus spoke to our general condition, a rejection of god's truth, living as if we were our own law, being stubborn towards God (hardness of heart)
  • Believe this good news!
    • Trust me! Rely on me! Trust this message.
    • It is, after all, good news, and not bad news for us.
      • Now, this INFLUENCES the way we think about each other, whales, trees, and our behavior, and he taught about these things, but we need to put the horse before the cart
    • But why should we believe?

Jesus called people to be his disciples

  • Simon (Peter) and Andrew, James and John - fishermen
    • "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men"
    • Simple request "follow me
    • "make you become" implies a slow process of training
  • They were young and stupid, much like me (much like all of us here at The Rock)
    • So let's go easy on each other, eh? We're growing here!
    • How old were the disciples? Some debate here, but there is a common thought that most of them were under twenty, due to the fact that they were able to pick up and leave so readily.
    • It's why Jesus called them early on, so he could spend appropriate time training them.
    • It's why he called them young, so that they could learn before they were set in their ways, too committed/burdened to take a new life pattern
      • Right now is an ideal time in their lives to spend an unusual amount of time with Jesus!
      • A time that they may never have again. If you are serious about this, NOW is the time to establish patterns, and your direction!
    • This is Christ's call to all of us. Repent, Believe Me, Follow Me. "Believe me, turn and follow me..."
  • They left "immediately"
    • Father still in the boat, dropped their nets
    • Their father had servants with him, the business will be okay
    • Imagine his reaction here?
    • Didn't spend time "wrapping up business", they responded.
  • When Jesus calls you, don't wait.
  • But why should we follow?

Jesus taught with authority

  • Taught in the synagogue
    • Typical Jewish worship service: prayer, praise, reading of scripture, interpretation/comment on scripture by a rabbi or other qualified man.
    • Not unlike what we do here
    • Typical rabbi would quote traditions and other rabbis and generally preach the same rules over and over
  • Jesus brought a new teaching
    • "The Kingdom Is Here! Repent and Believe!"
    • Not the same rules and traditions and laws and quotations, this was completely different
    • Many times, did not even quote scripture. ("you have heard it said ‘x, y, and z', but I tell you...")
  • The people were astonished at his teaching!
    • Astonished: minds blown! Literally, "stricken out of their senses with wonder or fear or joy", jaws dropped.
    • This is something completely new and revolutionary and different.
  • But why should we listen?

So, Jesus proclaimed "Good news from God!" but why should we believe? Jesus calls us to follow him, but why should we follow? Jesus brought a brand new revolutionary message, but why should we listen? We should listen, believe, and follow because of the series of events that immediately followed this revolutionary message that God's Kingdom is here.

JESUS DISPLAYS HIS POWER

  • Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit
    • Unclean spirit means demon possessed.
    • The man was hanging out with them at the worship service
    • They probably knew him and understood his problem in much the same way we see mental illness
    • The phrase "with an unclean spirit" is used in much the same way we talk about people being "under the influence"... be it "in love", "drunk", etc...
    • See the reaction of the demon to Jesus, quite unique.
    • "Be silent!" (Literally: be muzzled, SHUT UP!)
    • They were all amazed. Again...
      • We have so watered down the word "amazed" to mean "vaguely interested"...
      • "A new teaching, with authority!"
      • "He commands the unclean spirits, AND THEY OBEY HIM!"
        • They recognized this as something completely different than what other Jewish exorcists did
        • There were others going around doing the same thing (sons of Sceva...) but the way they said this, Jesus was completely something different.
  • Jesus Heals the sick and demon possessed
    • Simon's (Peter's) Mother-in-law
      • Simon was married, probably the oldest of the disciples
      • She immediately began to serve them
      • This speaks to the quality of his healing
    • Jesus heals many
      • If someone came and cleared out Mary Greeley hospital, and every patient immediately got up and walked away healed, what would the national reaction be? This is what happened here.
      • The entire town of Capernaum (which was small, 1500ish, but influential) turned out to see him. Brought many sick AND demon possessed people, (you see that they recognized a difference between illness and demon possession), and all who were brought were healed.
  • Jesus leaves the masses but has compassion on the leper
    • Interesting contrast here. He is not out for fame. Love moves God/ Jesus was lead by love not popularity.
    • His goal is to spread the message (of the kingdom!) to Galilee.
    • Yet, a leper comes, and Jesus is moved with pity.
      • Tells the leper not to tell, has the exact opposite effect
      • The affect of true amazement is that you can't keep silent about it
      • Jesus is so widely known now, that he is not able to enter a town.

Jesus FORGIVES SIN

  • Sees faith, and declares that sin is forgiven
    • Their faith was SEEN. Their faith was evident by their actions. (See James)
    • THUS CLAIMING EQUALITY WITH GOD
    • This really ticks the Scribes off, rightly so...
    • Proves it by healing the paralytic
    • Everyone is amazed (again, minds blown!)
    • RESPONSE: GLORIFYING GOD
We should BELIEVE Jesus is who he says he his because of his miracles. If he is who he says he is, we should REPENT, and FOLLOW Him.