The Kingdom Unleashed #7 – Matthew 9:35-38

Matthew 9:35-38
35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 

Splagchnizomai – to be moved to one’s bowels

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

Ekballō – to drive out

> We must pray that God would send people out, but at the same time, listen to the call coming to us.

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The Kingdom Unleashed #6 – Matthew 9:18-30

Matthew 9:18-21
18 As [Jesus] was telling them these things, suddenly one of the leaders came and knelt down before him, saying, “My daughter just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him.

> Jesus LOVES defeating death!

20 Just then, a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years approached from behind and touched the end of his robe, 21 for she said to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I’ll be made well.”

Luke 8:43-48
43 A woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years, who had spent all she had on doctors and yet could not be healed by any, 44 approached from behind and touched the end of his robe. Instantly her bleeding stopped.  45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are hemming you in and pressing against you.”  46 “Someone did touch me,” said Jesus. “I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 When the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling and fell down before him. In the presence of all the people, she declared the reason she had touched him and how she was instantly healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Matthew 9:23-27, 32-34
23 When Jesus came to the leader’s house, he saw the flute players and a crowd lamenting loudly. 24 “Leave,” he said, “because the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 Then news of this spread throughout that whole area.
32 Just as they were going out, a demon-possessed man who was unable to speak was brought to him. 33 When the demon had been driven out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons.”

> Three responses to Jesus:

1) Open Minds (Leader, bleeding woman)
2) Blown Minds (The crowds)
3) Closed Minds (Pharisees)

> You cannot remain neutral to Jesus.

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

Matthew 1:1
1An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…

Matthew 9:28-30
28 When he entered the house, the blind men approached him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened.

> Any time we take the stories of Jesus, and make the focus more about ourselves than Jesus, it’s not the Bible anymore.

> The transformation that Jesus can bring into your life is equal to the depth of openness that you approach him with.

The Kingdom Unleashed #5 – Matthew 9:1-17

Isaiah 53:5-6
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

> Jesus makes all things new

1) A New Authority

Matthew 9:1-7
1 So [Jesus] got into a boat, crossed over, and came to his own town. Just then some men brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 2 Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the scribes said to themselves, “He’s blaspheming!” Perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts?  For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then he told the paralytic, “Get up, take your stretcher, and go home.” So he got up and went home.

> Only Jesus has the power and authority to forgive you and make you new.

2) A New Approach

Matt 9:9-13
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him. 10 While he was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 Now when [Jesus] heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

> Jesus showed us that loving “sinners” is proof of our true love for God.

3) A New Covenant

Matthew 9:14-17
14 Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests be sad while the groom is with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” 16 No one patches an old garment with unshrunk cloth, because the patch pulls away from the garment and makes the tear worse. 17 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

> You don’t just “add Jesus” into your life.  You must allow him to make your life completely new.

Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)
21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

The Kingdom Unleashed #4 – Matthew 8:23-27

What’s the fiercest storm you’ve ever been through?

Matthew 8:23-27
23 As [Jesus] got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves…

Matthew 5:45
45 [The Lord] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 

Hebrews 6:19
19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. 

Matthew 8:24
24 but Jesus kept sleeping.  

> Jesus showed himself to be:

Fully man – he needed to sleep

Fully God – he could sleep

25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” 

It’s one thing to say, “I knew God could come through for me,” after the fact.

It’s another to say, “I know God can come through for me,” when the storm is raging.

> Don’t ever allow the storm to look bigger than the promises of God.

26 Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Psalm 89:8-9
Lord God of Armies, who is strong like you, Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule the raging sea; when its waves surge, you still them.

Your heart will follow your eyes.

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Hebrews 12:1-2
1 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Set your mind.  Fix your eyes on Jesus.