Week 1 – Following Jesus is incomplete without seeking the Spirit.
Week 2 – We said Jesus’ ministry was designed and empowered by the Spirit to heal.
Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me…”
Luke’s account emphasizes the wonder of God that occurs through the supernatural.
The Teaching Healer – Luke 5:1-11
For Luke, Jesus’ teaching and healing are connected, they are inseparable.
We know Jesus as a teacher, but He said He was a healer.
Jesus was filled with the Spirit, Spirit led and Spirit empowered, to do more than teach.
Acts 1:1-2, “…I told you…everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until…He was taken up to heaven after giving…further instructions through the Holy Spirit.”
The call of the Church is to do (heal) and teach; to continue the work Jesus demonstrated!
Teaching builds passion for God; Healing and praying for hurting people comes from compassion for people.
• Luke 5:12-16, “…Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy…‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.’ Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’…‘Be healed!’…”
• Luke again inviting us to see ourselves in the story…who are we?
• The leper is picture of us. We are all internal lepers in need of supernatural healing!
• Jesus’ physical healing is an external picture of an internal principle.
• Jesus teaching provided access to people’s hearts that prepared the space for healing to happen.
3. The Wonder Maker –
• Luke 5:17-26, “…men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19 but they couldn’t reach Him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus…”
• Their outward attempt revealed an inward desire and need for Jesus.
• They were relentless in their desire to see their friend healed.
• They saw opportunity on the roof where others saw foolishness.
• They saw their friend healed. Many others missed seeing Jesus and being healed because they gave up?
• They had vision. They saw what others missed. Get to Jesus at all cost. He is the answer.
• Luke 5:25-26, “…Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”
• Wonder – That feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something unexpected.
• Awe – State of reverence, by being overwhelmed.
• When was the last time we were in Wonder of Jesus? The Spirit?