6 November 2016 - See the Perfect Man in the Gospel of Luke - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
The Devil wants to rob us of the sense of God's favor and love upon us.
Repentance is about changing our minds. It's about knowing that God is not against you - God is for you!
God loves you and He knows you by name. He also knows the numbers of hairs you have on your head - that's how intimately He knows you.
God cares about everything that's about you! There's nothing too small or insignificant that you cannot tell God.
Cast all your cares upon Him for you cares for you!
We grow spiritually not by accumulation of knowledge. You grow more and more by knowing how weak you are and how great God is.
You know you are growing spiritually when you are getting more carefree.
In God's economy, what is invisible is eternal! The devil wants you in the visual realm, to focus on what is temporal.
We are to walk by faith and not by sight. The opposite of faith is sight.
If you can see the devil doing something, God is doing the reverse!
Example: If the devil releases a new strain of virus into the world, God is releasing a new and fresh anointing of healing into the world!
Another example: When Pharaoh was killing babies under the age of 2, God was raising up champion babies (like Moses) into this world.
God is not playing catch up, He is always ahead and doing something invisible.
The devil is the one that is playing catch up, reacting to something that God is doing.
Only the Holy Spirit will point you to the Lord Jesus Christ. The world will never point you to Jesus.
If you're sick, spend time in the Gospels and focus on all the miracles of Jesus.
The first healing that is recorded for us in the first Gospel (Matthew) is the cleansing of the leper.
We can have complete assurance that it is God's will for us to be well because Jesus touched the leper and told him that He is willing to heal the leper.
The next healing miracle: The centurion said "only speak the word and he will be healed". It will produce faith in us to believe for healing!
God used secretaries to write the four Gospels.
God uses personalities and He does not bypass it. He thinks highly of individual personalities.
In the Gospel of Matthew, it is the gospel that talks about the kingdom of heaven.
The gospel of John opens up with the Son always being in the bosom of the Father.
It's the gospel of love, and it's written by the man who always leaned on the Lord's love for him.
The gospel of Mark was written by the servant who failed and that servant was chosen to write about the Perfect Servant who never fails!
The Gospel of Luke - Luke is addressed as the beloved physician. Luke was the Apostle Paul's traveling companion.
Luke pointed out that it was the right hand of the man who was healed of his withered hand. Only a doctor will say that.
Why did God choose a doctor to write the Gospel of Luke? Because the emphasis is on the Perfect Man, and doctors are intimate with man.
There are things you tell your doctor about yourself that you don't even tell the people close to you!
Luke 1:4-5 - The Bible is the only book in the world that can give you rock-solid certainty, not only for this life but also in the life to come.
The Gospel of Luke opens up with a certain priest - it is a priestly gospel.
Priests have got to do with man. Priests represent man to God. Priests represent grace. We are called to be a kingdom of royal priests, and called to be a kingdom of grace.
The key to understanding any book in the Bible hangs at the door (How the book opens up with).
Example: The Book of Ecclesiastes opens up with "Vanities of vanities!".
It was written by King Solomon, the wisest and richest man that ever lived, and having tried everything under the sun, he calls it all vanities of vanities.
It's written to tell those people who think that "I will be happy when I have _____ (fill in the blank with material/worldly possessions)!" that life can only be complete with Jesus.
“that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.” (Luke 1:4-5 NKJV)
Leviticus 14:1-4 - In those days, they did not have doctors. A priest would examine the sick.
In God's eyes, before we were saved, we were once spiritually lepers.
The priest must leave the camp because the leper cannot enter the camp - he will be stoned!
If Jesus did not leave heaven's glory to come to earth, we'd all be lost!
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “This shall be the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest. And the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall examine him; and indeed, if the leprosy is healed in the leper, then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop.” (Leviticus 14:1-4 NKJV)
The incense that the priest burns in the temple represents the minute beauties and intricacies of the Lord Jesus Christ.
You can ask whatever you want when you praise God's Son.
If your center is right, your whole world will be right. Is Jesus at the your center of your life?
Luke 1:62-64 - Zachariah was not just a dumb priest - he was deaf too - if not why would the people have to make signs to Zachariah?
Jesus our High Priest speaks, blesses us and hears our cries!
The moment grace possesses you, you can't stop talking about grace!
The first mention of writing tablet in the Old Testament is the Law (God wrote the Ten Commandments on the tablets).
The first mention of writing tablet in the New Testament is grace (the name "John" means grace).
“So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.” (Luke 1:62-64 NKJV)
Luke 24:50-53 - "Bethany" means "house of the early figs/poor/suffering".
It was Jesus' favorite place on earth - like a home away from home!
The Gospel of Luke opens with the dumb priest who could not bless the people,
and it ends with Jesus our High Priest with hands extended and blessing His people!
“And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.” (Luke 24:50-53 NKJV)
Luke 24:25-27 - It's more important for Cleopas and his wife to see Jesus in the Scriptures because that's God giving everyone the equal opportunity to see Jesus, as we have the Scriptures too.
“Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27 NKJV)
Number 5:2 - In consecutive order is what happened in the Gospel of Luke.
1) Jesus cleansed the leper,
2) Jesus stopped the discharge of the woman who was suffering from it for 12 years,
3) Jesus raised Jairus' daughter from the dead.
Don't invite Jesus to a funeral (haha). Death cannot co-exist in the presence of Jesus.
““Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.” (Numbers 5:2 NKJV)
Hebrews 13:13 - Jesus is outside of Judaism and the Law! Grace is outside the camp.
If you go out of the camp, the people would reproach you, but who cares about man's reproach when you can have God's favor?
Don't practice Numerology. That's Satanic. But numbers with God is important.
Example: There are thirteen words in this verse, and this verse is in the thirteenth chapter of Hebrews.
Right in the center of the verse, the middle word is "Him". Seeing Him (Jesus) will make you strong, joyful, blessed, etc.
“Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13 NKJV)
Deuteronomy 34:7 - What is Moses' secret to his enduring strength?
“Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.” (Deuteronomy 34:7 NKJV)
Hebrews 11:27 - The word "endured" is from the Greek word "kratos" which means physically strong, and physical power.
Moses remained physically strong by seeing Him (Jesus).
“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27 NKJV)
31st October ever since the 1500's has been Reaffirmation Day - the day where Martin Luther wrote the thesis that says that we are under grace and not under the Law.
Halloween - the word "hallow" in the name actually means holy. It's typical of the devil to try to hijack something that belongs to God.
It's possible to quote Scripture and yet for it to not be the gospel. If you only quote verses that preach "turn or burn" messages, that's not the good news.
Every word in the Bible is inspired of God, but not everything is the gospel.
I John 4:17 - Jesus is in heaven now, representing us as Man, not as God.
We have a Perfect High Priest that lives by the power of an endless life!
Take your eyes off yourself, and look at Jesus - as He is holy, righteous and favored right now, SO ARE YOU!!
Don't limit this verse: As Jesus is free from sickness and diseases right now, so are we right now, in this world!
All we can say is that "As Jesus is free from _____ (the condition you have), so am I in this world."
It is not us who makes the healing happen, but it's done by the Holy Spirit.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” (I John 4:17 NKJV)
The only thing that Jesus has that we cannot have right now is a glorified body.
We must think of ourselves as a resurrected being in a body.
The resurrection life has already begun in your body. Death is not ahead of us, it is already behind us!
Luke 14:1-6 - Jesus is not comfortable in man's world.
Jesus does not condemn people who are sick. He sees sick people as an ox that has fallen into a pit.
“Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they could not answer Him regarding these things.” (Luke 14:1-6 NKJV)
Luke 15:1-4 - This is Jesus' world, with all the sinners.
“Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” (Luke 15:1-4 NKJV)
Luke 18:18-23 - The rich young ruler was proud and was looking to justify himself.
If you boast in the Law, Jesus is the Master at bringing you to the end of yourself.
When given the Law, the rich young ruler shut his heart and could not even give one shekel.
“Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.” (Luke 18:18-23 NKJV)
Luke 19:5-10 - Jesus called Zacchaeus by name. He did not call the rich young ruler by name.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector - at that time, tax collectors were seen as great sinners, like prostitutes.
By dealing with Zacchaeus by grace, Zacchaeus opened up his wallet, his heart and his house.
“And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”” (Luke 19:5-10 NKJV)
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