Jesus Christ made the leper ‘clean’ – what does this mean? And what does the encounter between Christ and the leper teach us about the importance of true worship? Christ, in His great love, came not ultimately for us to receive anything, such as healing or prosperity, but to bring us to God — so that God may receive worship.
In these verse we see Jesus resolutely making gospel proclamation His priority. As the sick and possessed are brought to Him he shows them much compassion — He delivers them and heals them — but He also states very clearly that the reason He has come is not to bring comfort and prosperity in this life, to rid the world of disease and sickness, but to save people, to bring them to God. Our priority should also be to proclaim the gospel – to the glory of God and for the good of the people.
When Jesus begins His public teaching ministry in a synagogue in Galilee, His hearers are ‘blown out of their minds’! (An almost literal translation of the word ‘astonished’). They were shocked by His new teaching. He had great authority — unlike anything they had heard before. But so what? What does this teach us about Christ, and how do you and I respond to His authority?
The gospel is God’s glorious message of salvation, focused on the work of Christ. This message is vital, and needs to be both heard and obeyed. However the church today abounds with false gospels which produce false converts and dishonour God’s nature. This passage contains the gospel according to Jesus. It highlights three aspects of the gospel which must be remembered — for the good of our souls and for the honour of the King!
In this passage which details the arrest of the Lord Jesus before His trial and crucifixion, Christ shows Himself to be very much in control and ordering events. In particular we see three means by which the Lord Jesus protects His people, which give strong comfort to all those who belong to Him.
1 Peter 2:1-3
In a short study of these three verses, we aim to answer three questions produced from the text: What should we put off? What should we put on? For what reason are we to do this?
A brief account from Mark gives us no details of the temptation of Jesus Christ, only the barest facts. This sermon considers the significance of Jesus being tempted by Satan — three aspects of the King’s temptation that encourage us to humbly trust Him and eagerly await His glorious return.
This passage details the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus Christ. In the baptism of Jesus we see the supreme honor given to Him, and at the same time His supreme example of humility. The passage contains three incidents in the coronation of Christ that should lead us to worship Him with great thanksgiving, and to follow Him with humble confidence.
Why is the gospel of Jesus Christ such good news? Why should it be taken to heart? And why must we tell others this good news?
Titus is told to declare to believers the grace of God – past, present and future – in order to promote genuine and distinctive Christian living. God’s grace, in the Lord Jesus Christ, saves, sanctifies, and glorifies His people. Thus God’s grace gives us the reason and the means for living godly lives whilst waiting for the return of our great Saviour, Jesus Christ.