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Scripture: Luke 9:37-43

37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child.39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. 40 I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”

41 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.” {Mark…Bring the boy to Me.}

42 As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. 43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.

INTRODUCTION

Life can turn chaotic and confusing in a brief period of time. When Jesus came down from the mount of transfiguration; He found his disciples in an argument with the Scribes, a man following them, begging for the healing of his son and then there was a curious crowd following the man. It was utter chaos and confusion until the Prince of Peace descended from the Mountain and brought peace and healing to the entire situation. What an awesome thought: Jesus, the Prince of Peace, coming back to earth and restoring order. I long for the day.

TRANSITION

I love Luke’s gospel, it is story after story about Jesus and today is no different. This story is not about the scribes, not about the disciples, not about the doubting father nor the sick boy–this story is about Jesus. If you subtract Jesus from this story, it is not worth telling. Hallelujah, what a Savior.

I. THE FIRST THING I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO IS JESUS CONDESCENSION

[Verse 37] The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.

There was peaceful solitude on the mountain; there was even glory on the mountain. On the mountain top, Jesus had the cover of the shekinah glory cloud; He had the sympathy of Moses and Elijah but Jesus came back down to the hurt and pain in the valley below.

Jesus could have stayed in the glory of heaven. He volunteered to be our paschal Lamb, the sacrifice for our sins. He laid His life down by His own admission. No one forced Him to die on the cross. It was His comprehensible love that kept Him focused on the cross. Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” [John 6:51]

Paul said in Philippians 2….Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Jesus, Son of God, became a man to save men. Would you be willing to become a rat to save the rats or a snake to save the snakes. There is a greater gap between God and man than man and a mouse. We cannot fathom how low Jesus stooped to save us. If we had any sense at all, we would all be on our faces thanking God for such a loving Savior as our LORD Jesus Christ.

II. THE SECOND THING I WANT YOU TO NOTE ABOUT JESUS IS HIS COMPASSION

 [Verse 38] A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child.”

We don’t know a lot about the man but we do know that…

  1. He had an imperfect faith…Mark tells us the man said… “If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” {Jesus said} If You can? All things are possible to him who believes.”
  2. We know this was his only child.
  3. We know that he was persistent: this thing had been going on for hours, perhaps even days.

The word ‘look at’ means to to regard, to look upon, to study, to pay special attention. Jesus heard the father’s prayer, overlooked his imperfect faith and He studied the boy’s situation.  If you have a friend that is willing to stop and study your situation, you are fortunate. How much more blessed are we whom Christ has looked upon our pathetic condition. Jesus did not just come down to where we are; He cares deeply about our plight.

III. THE THIRD THING I WANT YOU TO NOTE ABOUT JESUS IS HIS COMPOSURE

[Verse 41] Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.” {Mark…Bring the boy to Me.}

Jesus is always in control. No tantrums, no fits, no dramatics…He calmly addresses the problem. I’m not saying that Jesus was not somewhat moved with righteous indignation, He was a little stirred but He did not lose His composure. The scribes were a pain in the rear. The disciples were immature. The man was begging profusely. It is more than enough to tick me off. How many times had He taught the lesson on faith yet none of His disciples seem to get it. Jesus was dealing with a rebellious and unbelieving generation. They saw more miracles than any generation in the history of mankind, yet for the most part, they rejected Jesus. The word corrupt means, twisted, perverted, rebellious or distorted.

Everything Jesus said about them, He can say about us.

IV. LAST, I WANT YOU TO NOTE JESUS COMMAND

As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. 43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.

The Greek word for rebuke means to to admonish or charge sharply.  Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the boy and it left. Mark gospel clearly states…When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.” 26 After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up.

The evil spirit showed out before leaving but it did leave. The boy appeared to be dead. For a brief time, it appeared that the demon had won but not so. Jesus reached down and too the boy by the hand and then gave him back to his father.

CONCLUSION

You know at times it does appear that the devil is winning. The mysterious death of Anthony Scalia. He was in a West Texas ranch motel. They found him Sunday morning with a pillow over his head. No autopsy was performed and the body was embalmed before family had the opportunity to have a say. Sounds pretty fishy to me. Kind of strange, Obama and his left wing radicals want to appoint another liberal before Obama leaves the White House. I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t pull it off: no one has stopped him thus far. Shelby runs these fictitious ads about stopping Obama which is a lie. No one has stopped him. I think we would know it if someone had. When you look at the moral decline of America it is frightening. How much more before God says, “Enough! Have your own way.” It does look bad but that is from our earthy perspective. Jesus is not in panic mode. I don’t know what kind of future America has but followers of Christ have a bright future. Things may appear to be out of control but they are not.

I like the way this story ends…The crowd is awe struck by Jesus majestic display of power. They saw His glory, splendor, and majesty. This story is prophetic because this is how it will all end, we will see Him in His glory, splendor and Majesty.

{This sermon is unedited}

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