The Kingdom Unleashed #3 – Matthew 8:5-15

Matthew 8:14-15
14 Jesus went into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 So he touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve him. 

Matthew 8:5-9
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony.”  [Jesus] said to him, “Am I to come and heal him?” “Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”  “For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

John 5:19
19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things.”

> Jesus is under the authority of the Father,

But at the same time, he has FULL authority, given to him by the Father.

Matthew 28:18
18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth…”

> 2 Key words:

Power – the power to do something

Authority – the right to do it

1) Jesus taught with authority

Matthew 7:29
29 [Jesus] was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes

2) Jesus had authority over demons and evil spirits.

Mark 1:27
27 They were all amazed, and so they began to ask each other: “What is this? A new teaching! With authority, he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 

3) Jesus had authority to cleanse the temple

Matthew 21:23
23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”

4) Jesus had authority over his own life

John 10:17-18
 17 [Jesus said,] “This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

5) Jesus will have eternal authority

Revelation 19:11-16
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and he judges and makes war with justice. 12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on his head. He had a name written that no one knows except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God. 14 The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. 15 A sharp sword came from his mouth, so that he might strike the nations with it. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. 16 And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

>> Key Question:

What does this mean in YOUR life?

You must willingly place your life under the authority of Christ. 

Matthew 8:10, 13
10 Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith.”  13 Then Jesus told the centurion, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that very moment.  

Ephesians 2:8-9
 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.

The Kingdom Unleashed #2 – Matthew 8:16-17, Isaiah 53

Matthew 8:16-17
16 When evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, 17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “He himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases”. 17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “He himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases”.

  • The Atoning Suffering of Jesus

Hilaskomai – To reconcile, appease, “at-one-ment”

Christos – anointed

1) How mankind saw the Messiah

Isaiah 53 (NLT)
1 Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.  He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

2) The Messiah bore our sin

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

1 Peter 2:24
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

3) The suffering and death of the Messiah

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.  But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave

  • The Victory of Jesus

1) The Messiah’s satisfaction

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.

2) The Messiah’s reward
12 
I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Mark 16:1-3
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they could go and anoint him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” 

Matthew 28:2-4
There was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men.

Luke 24:2-8
The [women] found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.

John 20:3-8, 24-31
At that, Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then, following him, Simon Peter also came. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The wrapping that had been on his head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself. The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, then also went in, saw, and believed. 

24 But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” 28 Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

> That’s the point – LIFE.

The Kingdom Unleashed #1 – Matthew 8:1-4

Matthew 8:1-4
1 When [Jesus] came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. Right away a man with leprosy came up and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus told him, “See that you don’t tell anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

1) Crowds follow Jesus

Matthew 4:23-24
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria…

2) A man with leprosy approaches

“Leprosy might begin with the loss of all sensation in some part of the body; the nerve trunks are affected; the muscles waste away; the tendons contract until the hands are like claws. There follows ulceration of the hands and feet. Then comes the progressive loss of fingers and toes, until in the end a whole hand or a whole foot may drop off. The duration of that kind of leprosy is anything from twenty to thirty years. It is a kind of terrible progressive death in which a man dies by inches.” (Barclay)

Truth: Don’t allow your personal hang-ups to keep you from coming to Jesus.

3) The man worships Jesus

2 A man with leprosy came up and knelt before him, saying, “Lord…”

Kyrios – Lord, God

Magnifier – Are you worshipping in all areas of your life?

Truth: You can’t call Jesus, “Lord,” and not magnify him.

4) The man makes a bold request 

2 “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 

Katharizō

To cleanse:

  – physically

  – morally

  – ritually

Truth: What bold requests are you making of God?

5) Jesus touches and heals him

Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 

Truth: Only Jesus can cleanse us completely.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 

Psalm 51:7
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

 

The Kingdom Unveiled #12 – Matthew 7:13-23, 28-29

Matthew 7:28-29
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

> 3 Mandates of Jesus with Eternal Consequences

1) Find the narrow gate

Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it.14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

>> Two gates that lead to two places:

  1. a) Wide gate, that leads to destruction

Apoleia – utter destruction, eternal ruin

  1. b) Narrow gate, that leads to life

Zoe – fullness, vitality of life, eternal

2) Watch out for false prophets

Matthew 7:15
15 “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves.” 

>> How do we recognize the false prophets?  By their fruit.

16 “You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.”

>> Testing the fruit…

  1. a) How do they live?
  2. b) What do they teach?
  3. c) What are the effects of their ministry?

19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 

Is there good fruit coming out of my life?

3) Give Jesus more than lip service

Matthew 7:21
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” 

22 “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’”

The Kingdom Unveiled #11 – Matthew 7:7-12, 24-27

> 3 Kingdom Principles:

1) Keep asking God for good things

Matthew 7:7-11
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

>> A progression of intensity

  1. a) Ask God…

…and you will receive.

  1. b) Seek after God…

Zeteo – to earnestly search for, to crave

…and you will find Him.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” 

  1. c) Knock on God’s door…

…and it will be answered.

Our persistence in prayer shows God how much we care about what we’re praying for.

>>> 3 Reasons your prayer may be answered in a different way:

  1. i) It’s not good for you
  2. ii) It’s not the right time

iii) God has something better in mind

2) Treat others the way you want to be treated

12 Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

James 4:17
17 So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.

3) Build your life on a solid foundation

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”

> How do you build your life on Christ?

  1. a) Hear the Word
  2. b) Do the Word

James 1:22-25 (NCV)
22 Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. 23 Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror. 24 They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like. 25 But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.