on March 9, 2014
Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter raised from the dead:
Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26
Luke 8:40-42, 49-56
Woman with 12 years of bleeding healed:
1. Imagine the Roller Coaster of emotions:
Q) How could Jairus have felt when…
Jesus agreed to come to Jairus’ home.
A woman with a dire problem interrupts Jesus’ travel
She was healed by touching the edge of Jesus’ cloak
d. While Jesus talked to her, Jairus’ servant came & said, “your daughter has died, do not bother the teacher.”
e. Jesus states, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
Jesus said “She is not dead, only asleep.”
The crowd laughed at Jesus.
Jesus sends faithless away and enters with faithful
Jesus restores Jairus’ daughter to life
2. Faith was tested and proven:
Urgency, personal crisis and desperation
Action with interruption
Faith unleashing physical healing
Fear of being too late or inadequate
Send away the faithless, enter in with men and women who have faith and care
Confronting doubt and impossible situations
A seeming distraction
Christ is in control
Christ’s timing is perfect
3. A perspective on physical healing
Both situations were desperate, urgent, and important
The people had come to the end of their resources
Genuine faith requires action or it is not faith
Jesus was not worried or rushed by the “urgent”
These healings were truly amazing; with great joy
These two healed persons were given a 2nd chance for life
They eventually died; there are no 2,000 year-olds
This world was not their home.
Christians will live eternally in heaven, not on earth
4. How do you handle interruptions?
Q) What can be your “natural responses” to interruptions?
Surprise – “I did not expect this”
Impatience – “This is going to take too long”
Frustration – “I have more important things to do”
Delegate interruption to someone else
Adjust or self destruct
5. Discern Interruptions or Divine Appointments
When interruptions come, pause and ask God:
“Who do You want me to see?”
“What do You want me to do with this?”
Anticipate Divine appointments and your response
“What is the significance of this timing?
“If Christ were here what would He do?”
“How could this delay benefit….?”
“Why this, why now?”
“What am I to learn in this delay of my schedule?”
I surrender my time, agenda, priorities and schedule
on March 2, 2014
Watch video of blind man “Once I was blind, now I see!”
Note: Consider watching of the video as reading of the text.
Q1) Why was this man born blind? (John 9:1-5)
Disciples: “Who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?”
Jesus: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
This man suffered to teach about faith and God’s glory
The great contrasts of dark and light: (35X)
Blindness v sight
Night v day
Spiritual darkness v spiritual light
Closed v open
Guilty of sin v Guilt forgiven
Q2) How did Christ show compassion to the man:
Jesus physically touched the man in his sickness
The man could hear some of the discussion about him but could not see what was happening
Jesus made mud: spat on ground combined with dust and placed it on the man’s eyes. (John 9:6-7)
b. Jesus spoke kindly to him
Told him to wash in the pool of Siloam
Q3) How did the man show instant faith?
He went to the pool (by himself?) in faith!
He washed his face in faith!
He came home seeing!
Q4) What were responses to the blind man’s healing?
Awe - Blind man saw himself and world for first time
First thing he saw his own reflection
He declared, “Once I was blind, now I see!”
He boldly debates the religious leaders
These leaders were blinded to God and a miracle
They chided the healed man
They excommunicated him from the Temple
Surprise -Crowd saw a man similar to the blind beggar
Fear of excommunication – Parents were guarded; with little support of their son’s life and healing
Disbelief - Religious leaders saw an opportunity to accuse Jesus of breaking the Law of Moses
Q5) What was Jesus’ response to the man? (Jn 9:35-41)
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out
Jesus searched and found him
Jesus asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“The man said, tell me so that I may believe in Him”
Jesus said, “You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.” (I am the Christ!)
“Lord, I believe! And he worshiped Him.”
Notice the contrast: Rejected by man – welcomed by Christ!
Q6) How to speak up for God:
Listen for the question or charge
Admit what you do not know
Identify how you have changed as a Christian
Spend time with Jesus – relationship
Seize opportunity to speak up boldly with grace
Q7) Where are you in our journey with Christ? (Check list)
___ Pointing out other people’s flaws and failures
___ Trapped by how others see you
___ Defending yourself
___ Seeking an experience with Christ
___ Fearlessly sharing your story (“Once blind, now I see”)
___ Compassion for those who live in your world
on February 23, 2014
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a seeker of Christ:
He was a member of the ruling council called Sanhedrin
He had seen Jesus teach and perform miracles
Nicodemus was a learned teacher who came to learn
1. Asks clarifying questions (Risk = Loss of Reputation)
Q) Why did Nicodemus come by night? (John 3:1-15)
He worked during the day
He came at night so that he wouldn’t be seen
He came at night because Jesus was busy with other people during the day
Christ told Nicodemus that if a person wanted to see the kingdom of God, he must be born again. Nicodemus wondered how this could be? It seemed like an impossible thing for a grown man to be born a second time!
Nicodemus was an eager learner. When he didn’t understand – he asked more questions.
Nicodemus sought a personal connection with Christ
Nicodemus questions prompt - most famous verse in the Bible:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Other Questions people ask:
Why do the innocent suffer?
Do science and Scripture conflict?
Is there hope for me?
If there are errors in the Bible how can I trust it?
Is there is life after death? What about me?
How can I know that I am a Christian?
What does the Bible say about right and wrong, swearing, choices, etc.?
What is truth?
CBC is a safe place to ask questions and get honest answers
Q) What questions do I have about the God, the Bible or living the Christian life? Place questions on 3X5 card & turn it in.
2. Verbally defends: (Risk = Loss of Career)
“Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?" (John 7:50-51)
Apparently, Nicodemus had become a secret believer
He confronted the religious system
Nicodemus was chided for his comments (John 7:52)
He risked his position and becoming banished
From historical sources:
Nicodemus was one of the 3 richest men in Jerusalem
It was said that he became poor due to persecution
3. Lays life on the line: (Risk = Loss of Life)
Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Nicodemus, who brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes - about 75 pounds, accompanied him. (John 19:38-42)
In accordance with Jewish burial customs
Joseph laid Christ in his own new tomb hewn out of solid rock (Matthew 27:60)
It didn’t matter how new the tomb was cause Jesus wasn’t staying long!!
Took courage to go with Joseph to ask for the body of Jesus
Gave of his personal finances
Laid his life on the line
This is the last time Nicodemus is ever mentioned
But, what a powerful testimony to a changed life in Christ!
Q) What are you “risking” this week as a follower of Christ?