Sunday, March 18, 2018


Scripture: Luke 17:14-16 (NIV)



Subject: "My Hero" Part III




I: In 1988, Carol Wimmer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, through the use of poetry shared her convictions about Christianity and how an encounter helped to define her Christian experience. Wimmer in 8 stanzas articulated what it means when she say she is a Christian. She writes in the last 3 stanzas, "When I say I am a Christian, I'm not claiming to be perfect, my flaws are all too visible, but God believes I'm worth it. When I say I am a Christian, I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartache, that's why I seek God's name. When I say I am a Christian, I do not wish to judge, I have no authority..... I only know I am Loved." Wimmer captures the characteristics of "My Hero," in that "My Hero," knows and see everyone one of our flaws, yet he still thinks we are worth saving. 



II: Our text last week depicted Jesus using his supernatural power to deal with the hypocrisy and false advertisement of the fig tree by cursing it. Luke Chapter 17 reveals Jesus using his power to heal, renew hope and to give life. Unlike the Pharisees, Sadducees, and other religious leaders who were known to practice classism and sexism, Jesus demonstrates compassion for all people. Lepers typically lived and traveled together in groups since society normally rejected them and stayed as far away from them. Jesus does the direct opposite of what those in society usually do when they come in the vicinity of lepers. Jesus speaks to them and grants their request for mercy.




III: Jesus is my hero because...........



#1) He has prophetic power (14v)



-v.14 "When he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed."



-When the lepers obeyed the command, they were healed!



-The lepers obedience to Jesus command demonstrates the level of faith the lepers had in Jesus. 



-Jesus was so confident in his power, that he prophetically instructed the lepers to head to the priest knowing that they would be healed before they arrived. 



-One writer noted, "Spiritual Maturity is not measured by how high you jump in praise but how straight you walk in obedience."





#2) What is impossible for humanity is just right for Jesus (15v)



-v.15 "One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice."



-Leprosy during the time that Jesus was passing through Samaria and Galilee was considered to be contagious and in some instances, impossible to cure.



-Rabbis during this particular time-frame were known to not eat eggs or any food purchased in a street where there was someone with leprosy. They were also known to throw stones at persons with leprosy to keep them away from them and to help avoid contact with the leper. 



-What was impossible for mankind was possible with Jesus!



-"My Hero," has the ability to transform circumstances completely. Jesus can turn the impossible into a miracle.





































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