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The Great Physician

And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. Luke 5:31

The religious leaders couldn’t understand it, why would Jesus associate with sinners? Why would Jesus even acknowledge their existence? It was custom practice to banish anyone who was “unclean”, those people considered “unclean” had no rights, they were not even allowed to own property, let alone sit at the table with The Lord

“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32

Jesus said he didn’t come for the “righteous” he came to save the unclean sinners! So who is the righteous and who is the sinner? Well Jesus said “Nobody is good but God alone” (Luke 18:19) So why do these men believe they are righteous? Do they believe they don’t need a Savior?

This is the biggest issue with most people, they believe they are more righteous than they truly are. The Bible tells us “We have ALL fallen short of the Glory of God and are Sinners” (Romans 3:23) When you understand this, you understand that you need a Savior and Jesus came here for You!

Another thing to note is Jesus said he came to call Sinners (US) to Repentance! To repent means to change your mind or turn away from your old ways. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior , hes going to change you!

And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. Luke 5:36

Jesus went on to teach them about the parable of the new wine skin. Meaning when you come to Christ and become Born Again, your not going to be Old Wine going into a New Wine Skin. Your going to become “New Wine” (Born Again) in a New Wine Skin (Resurrected Body)

Who Can Forgive Sin?

Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” Luke 5:20

People who deny the deity of Christ, would say he never said he was God. However what did Jesus do and say here? Jesus saw the faith of this man and forgave him of his sins, who has the authority to do this? Could Moses ever forgive your sin? Could Abraham ever forgive your sin? Could Paul ever forgive your sin? No of course not, these are just mortal men, Jesus is more than a prophet or a great teacher, he is God in the Flesh (John 1:14)

The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” Luke 5:21

The Religious leaders understood this, they knew only God alone can forgive our sin. This is why they wanted to charge Jesus with blasphemy, this is why they wanted to crucify him. Because Jesus is demonstrating and declaring he is God in the flesh!

But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk ‘? Luke 5:22-23

Jesus could also read the hearts and minds of these religious leaders and knew exactly what they were thinking. Instead of them listening to the Holy Spirit about who Jesus is, they listened to their own human intellect which is limited and blinded by human pride

“But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”– He said to the paralytic– “I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” Luke 5:24

The Son of Man (Messiah) which was prophesied by Daniel is Jesus who all power and authority has been given to him in Heaven and on Earth (Matthew 28:18) Jesus has declared and demonstrated that He is the Living God in the Flesh!

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Isaiah 43:25

The Prophet Isaiah made it clear by the Holy Spirit, that God alone forgives Sin, nobody else! The fact that Jesus can forgive Sin makes it very clear he is God in the Flesh!

Answer The Call

and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” Luke 5:10

Imagine if Jesus came up to you and said “Quit your job and start preaching the gospel” this is exactly what happened to Peter, James, and John. When we read this story, I don’t think we consider the magnitude of their decision. These guys were not just fishing for fun, these guys were professional fisherman. This was their career, this is how they supported their families, this is what they have probably been doing most of their lives.

Now their going to leave it all behind to serve the Master Jesus Christ, would you do the same? Are you willing to walk away from your career? Are you willing to have faith in Christ and step out into the unknown? The disciple’s devotion to Jesus was a lot more intense than I think we give them credit for.

Notice Jesus says “For Now On You will Be catching Men”, when Jesus asked them to leave their old lives behind he was expecting them to be drifters, they had work to do! They had a mission, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible!

When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. Luke 5:11

Notice their response, they left everything and followed Jesus! How will we or did we respond to Jesus call? Are we willing to leave the temporary things of this world behind to follow Christ? What is your mission focus while here on Earth? Is Jesus calling you today? Are you willing to answer the call?

What Is The Gospel?

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” Luke 4:18-19

What is the Gospel? As Christians we are told to preach the gospel, but do you know or can you explain what the “gospel” even is? Jesus explains the gospel clearly right here, he is actually quoting the Prophet Isaiah. The word “gospel” in the Bible simply means “Good News”

The original Greek word for gospel is “Euaggelion” which means “good tidings” “proclamation of grace of God”  “reward for good tidings”

Notice the gospel message Jesus is proclaiming is that he is setting the captives Free!  Who is he setting Free and what is he setting them Free from?

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Romans 6:20

The Bible tells us we are all slaves to sin. That’s right unless Jesus has set you free, you are currently a slave to your sin. The Bible also tells us that we are dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1) This is why we need a Savior, this is the heart of the gospel message. Without Christ there is no hope for your life

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Jesus Christ has set us free from Sin and Death. Jesus went to the cross to die for your sins, but you must repent of your sin, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This is the gospel message, Jesus came to set the captives Free, we are the captives without Christ. But with Jesus there is freedom and eternal life! Amen!

Father Son and Holy Spirit

Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

One of the glorious moments in the gospels is when the Father, Son , and Holy Spirit all came together as one to begin the redemption of humanity. Here we see when Jesus was getting baptized, the Son coming out of the water, The Holy Spirit coming down and anointing him, and the Father giving his blessing upon this union

So you might ask , why did Jesus need to be baptized? Well first you have to consider Jesus needed to become human to die for our sins. Even though Jesus was fully God he was also fully man, a hard concept for us to grasp. However God cant die, so Jesus needed to be made human to be the atonement for our sins

Since Jesus is human, hes also vulnerable to temptations. But he is filled and anointed with the Holy Spirit, so the power of God is living inside of him.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19

Also Jesus would never ask us to do something he wouldn’t do. Jesus wouldn’t command us to get baptized if he wasn’t baptized either. Jesus was setting an example for us all, he never asked us to do anything that he hasn’t already done!

Notice Jesus says Baptize in the name of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Our God is a Triune God Amen!

Baptized By Fire

John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Luke 3:16

Wouldn’t it be great if all Christians had the same attitude and understanding as John the Baptist? He understood that his ministry was to glorify Jesus, he understood that his works cant even compare to The Lords. John understood he couldn’t give you anything compared to what Christ could give you!

Johns mission was not to build a mega church or sign a book deal, Johns mission was to get people to repent of their sins and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. So what did Jesus think of Johns ministry? He called him the greatest of all prophets (Matthew 11:11)

But notice once you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. To become Born Again (John 3:3) you need the Holy Spirit , without the Breath of Life of the Spirit, your just Dry Bones, dead in your sins

His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:17

Jesus is separating the Wheat from the chaff, notice the destination for the chaff, unquenchable fire. So much for the liberal theology that hell doesn’t exist. Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior yet? Have you been Born Again, baptized by the Holy Spirit?  Prepare the way for the Lord and receive him in your heart today Amen!

The Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

What is The Gospel? Gospel means “Good News”, so what is the Good News? As the Angel declared, the Good News is Jesus Christ has come to save us from our sins. There is no greater news than this, as God has become a man to take our place and die for our sins, so we may inherit eternal life.

We always hear people say , preach the gospel! So what does that mean to preach the gospel? It means to declare that Jesus Christ has come to deliver us from sin and death. Once you understand and accept this, we should be shouting it from the rooftops!

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14

This is a moment when the Heavens declared and celebrated the Glory of God! Multitude of Angels singing for the birth of The Messiah. What do they know , that we don’t know? LOTS , we only see things from the earthly perspective, they see the eternal and they know the victory is ours through Jesus Christ! Amen!

Our Living Hope

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Luke 1:32-33

What hope do we have for this world? As we look around its hard to find anything positive to talk about, everyone is at war with each other over politics, social issues, religion, money ect. We take a look around the globe and nation is feuding with nation. Diseases and illnesses are wide spread, as most people are suffering on a daily basis from something

But there is hope from God, his name is Jesus Christ. He is the only hope for humanity. If you reject this hope, there is nothing left for you. If you reject Christ, what are you putting your hope into?

Think about this, God loved you enough to become a man and die for your sins. Why would the Creator of the universe do this is beyond our comprehension? We don’t deserve it, but God demonstrated his love for us.

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

How do we comprehend this? God becoming a man to save us from our sins! Seek and you will find him, knock and the door will be opened! (Matthew 7) Salvation only comes from God and nothing else, turn to Jesus and let him set you free from sin and death!

If your feeling lost and ready to be saved say this prayer:

Heavenly Father, I confess my sins, I accept and receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, have mercy upon me, pour your Holy Spirit upon me and make me new again in Jesus Name Amen!