LUKE 7

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Luke 7

TOUCHED BY JESUS

 

The Lord Jesus touched the people mentioned in this chapter in some way.

Each received something with his "touch".

 

A CONFIDENT CENTURION WAS GIVEN HONOR Vss. 1-10

"I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." Vs. 9

 

A CONCERNED WIDOW WAS GIVEN HELP - Vss. 11-17

 

A CONFUSED PROPHET WAS GIVEN HOPE - Vss. 18-23

 

A CONTRITE SINNER WAS GIVEN HEALING - Vss. 36-50

The woman in this story was truly converted.

 

A CRITICAL PHARISEE WAS GIVEN HONESTY - Vss. 36-50

Jesus pointed out his host's rudeness and lack of sorrow for sin.

 

 

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Luke 7:1-10

THE CENTURION

 

HIS REQUEST – Vss. 1-5

HIS RELIANCE – Vss. 6-8

HIS REWARDS – Vss. 9-10

1.     He was complimented by Jesus

2.     His servant was healed

3.     He is still a testimony today

 

 

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Luke 7:1-10

MARVELOUS MAN OF FAITH

 

HE HEARD (of Jesus) – Vss. 1-3a

HE ASKED – Vss. 3b-5

HE HUMBLED HIMSELF – Vss. 6-7a

HE TRUSTED – Vss. 7b-8

HE BENEFITED – Vss. 9-10

 

 

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Luke 7:1-10

MODEL OF FAITH

 

CALL FOR HELP Vss. 1-4

 

CONVICTION OF UNWORTHINESS - Vss. 5-6

 

CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST - Vss. 7-8

 

COMMENDATION OF FAITH - Vss. 9-10

 

 

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Luke 7:1-10

WHEN IT HURTS

 

Life is full of hurts. Nobody avoids them. There are times when despair can really get hold of us.  We are affected by hurts in the family, hurts in church, hurts on the job or in school, and by hurts inside that others might never know.  When it hurts we need to follow the example of the centurion in this passage.

 

TAKE YOUR BURDEN TO THE BURDEN BEARER Vss. 1-3

 

HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE THE HUMBLE ONE Vss. 4-7

   (Jesus said that He was "meek and lowly of heart.")

 

TRUST THE ONE WHO IS TRUSTWORTHY Vss. 8-10

 

 

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AVAILABLE

Luke 7:11-17

 

The Lord Jesus was and is always available.

This story shows us the availability of the Lord Jesus.

From this passage we learn that:

 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE IN CRISIS - Vss. 11-12

 

Jesus had been in Capernaum where he healed a centurion’s servant.

Vs. 11 – Jesus progressed to Nain, a day’s journey, about 25 miles from Capernaum.

 

Vs. 12 – Here is a crisis.

              It is always sad when someone dies, but it is especially hard when the ones left behind are the parents or as in this case a parent.  We parents always expect our children to be burying us and not us burying our children.

 

In this case the situation was even more difficult because the only one left was a lone widow. There were no other children and no husband.  This would have been a great emotional loss, but also a great physical loss.  Widows in Bible times had it hard when it came to making ends meet.

 

There was quite a procession which would have probably included professional mourners and many people of the city.

 

The thing that strikes me is that Jesus was available.

As always, God’s timing was perfect.  Jesus showed up just as the body was being taken out for burial.

 

Is Jesus available today in times of crisis?

The answer, of course, is “yes”. John 14:18, Hebrews 13:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, Hebrews 4:14-16

 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE WITH COMPASSION - Vs. 13

 

Vs. 13 – Jesus was a man of compassion because God is a compassionate God. Lamentations

3:22-23

 

Jesus often showed compassion. Matthew 9:36, 14:14, 20:34, Mark 1:41, John 11:35

 

John 11:35 - Jesus wept.

 

Jesus told her not to weep.  Of course He knew that He would raise the man from the dead.

   

This reminds me that it’s okay and natural to weep, but there is a time to stop crying.

There is a time to stop mourning and to let Jesus heal us.   

 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE BRINGING CHANGE – Vss. 14 -15

 

Vs. 14 – The bier was an open casket

Touching a dead body would render someone ceremonially unclean.

Jesus was not afraid to get involved in tacky situations.

And Jesus does not stand aloof in our times of hurt and sorrow.

 

Jesus told the young man to get up.

 

Vs. 15 – The young man sat up and began to speak.

               Jesus presented the young man to his mother.

 

Jesus brought about many changes when He walked this earth.

He made cripples whole.

He made insane, demon possessed people, sane.

He made the blind to see.

He made the dead alive.

He changed the lives of his disciples.

 

And the Lord Jesus is making changes today.

First and foremost He changes every person who is truly born again.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

(When I preached this sermon I used the examples of Stuart Hamblin, C.I. Scoefield, and Mel Trotter as those who were dramatically changed when they were saved.)

 

The Lord is also available to change us after we are saved.   

As we allow the Holy Spirit to control us, we will produce the fruit of the Spirit which will actually be change.

 

We will change from hatred to love

From sorrow to joy

From turmoil to peace

From impatience to longsuffering

From gruffness to gentleness

From crookedness to goodness

From unfaithfulness to faithfulness

From pride to meekness

From being out of control to being under control (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE ACCEPTING COMMENDATION - Vss. 16-17

 

Vs. 16 – They did not recognize Him as God, but as a great prophet.  Jesus accepted the commendation that came with this.

Today we recognize Jesus as God and it reminds me that He accepts our commendation and worship.

 

As Christians we should be thankful and grateful for what he has done for us. Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 96:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE IN CRISIS - Vss. 11-12

JESUS IS AVAILABLE WITH COMPASSION - Vs. 13

JESUS IS AVAILABLE BRINGING CHANGE –

Vss. 14 -15

JESUS IS AVAILABLE ACCEPTING COMMENDATION - Vss. 16-17

 

 

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Luke 7:11-16

ONE!

 

ONE DEAD MAN – Vss. 11-12

ONE DEPRESSED WIDOW – Vs. 12

ONE DEVOTED SAVIOR – Vs. 13

ONE DEFINITE COMMAND – Vs. 14

ONE DELIGHTFUL CONCLUSION – Vss. 15-16

 

 

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Luke 7:11-17

MINISTRY TO THOSE WHO HURT

 

There are 3 instances in Scripture where are Lord raised people from the dead.

There is the raising of the ruler's daughter from the dead.

There is the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

And there is the instance before us now, the raising of the son of the Widow of Nain from the dead.

 

As we study this passage it is an opportunity to examine the ministry we might have to those who are hurting. There are principles here that we can discover that will help us in our ministry to those around us.

 

WE ENCOUNTER THE HURTING IN THE COURSE OF LIFE - Vss. 11-12

Vs. 11 - Our Lord had just healed the servant of a centurion. Now in the course of his travels he came to the City of Nain, probably about 35 miles southwest of Capernaum.

 

Vs. 12 - Just as they were entering the city a funeral procession for a young man came out.

 

You will find that the hurting will come upon you at all different times in life.

You will find that they will come from a various assortment of backgrounds and that they will often show up unexpectedly.

 

Personally I've discovered hurting people in all sorts of situations. I've often been called in the wee hours of the night. I've encountered hurting people at church, hospitals, funeral homes, and a host of other places. Even when I have made a routine pastoral call, I've found people hurting.

 

Of course the source of hurt is sin.  As long as there is sin in the world there will be hurting people.

But God has compassion on hurting people and wants us to help them when possible. That's why He puts hurting people into our paths.

 

THOSE WHO HURT HAVE REAL PROBLEMS - Vs. 12

It might be easy for us to downplay events in someone else's life, and say, "Why that's not so great a problem." However we should not be quick to judge.

This widow had real difficulties. She had already buried her husband and now she was burying her only son. Perhaps the woman's only source of income was her son.

 

Down through the years I've encountered people with real problems. (I suggest you itemize a few, but be careful not to break confidentiality.)

 

THOSE WHO HURT HAVE NEEDS - Vs. 13

When our Lord came and saw what the situation was, he had compassion.

Compassion is something that the hurting need. As representatives of the Lord Jesus it is our job to show compassion.

 

Those who hurt also need comfort, and again, it is our responsibility to share that comfort. As our Lord comforted this woman, let us comfort others. Galatians 6:2, Romans 12:15

 

WE ARE REQUIRED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO HELP THOSE WHO HURT - Vss. 14-15

Our Lord, of course, had some dramatic results when he helped people. He did what He could to help this poor woman and her son was raised from the dead.

 

Although we do not have the same abilities that our Lord, had, we are to do what we can to help relieve the hurt. Galatians 6:10

Sometimes we can sit with someone.

Sometimes we can just listen.

Sometimes we can do work projects around a person's home.

Sometimes we can go to the hospital or to court with someone.

Sometimes we can give financial assistance or groceries.

The important thing is that we do what we can.

 

OUR HELP CAN BRING SURPRISING RESULTS - Vss. 15

The surprising result in this case was the young man's return to life.

And we never know what surprising results we will see when we help those who hurt.

People will be encouraged.

People will have their physical needs met.

And sometimes people will come to know Christ as Savior.

 

OUR HELP CAN BRING GLORY TO GOD - Vss. 16-17

God was glorified as a result of this miracle.

God will be glorified as we minister to those who hurt. Matthew 5:14-16

 

 

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Luke 7:11-16

THE MASTER CARES

 

THE WITNESSES OF SORROW AND JOY - Vss. 11-12, 15-16

There were two crowds, one with Jesus and the other with the widow.  They saw the sorrow. They experienced the joy.

 

THE WIDOW WHO LOST HER SON - Vs. 12

 

THE WARMTH OF THE MASTER - Vs. 13

Jesus has compassion for those who hurt, especially those who are His.

 

THE WONDER OF THE MASTER'S TOUCH - Vss. 14-16

Jesus still touches lives today with His wonderful salvation, and intervention in the lives of believers.

 

 

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Luke 7:11-17

PRESENT TO HELP!

 

The Widow Of Nain was hurting!  The Lord was present for her, and He is for us when we are hurting.

 

CROWD AND CRISIS Vss. 11-12

COMPASSION AND COMMAND Vss. 13-14

CHANGE (Life!) AND COMMENDATION Vss. 15-17

 

 

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Luke 7:11-30

HANG IN THERE!      

 

My wife, Dottie, says that the whole Bible can be summed up in three words, "Hang in there!"  And indeed that's exactly the message that the Lord Jesus gave John the Baptist, when he expressed some doubts.

 

A TERRIFIC MIRACLE - Vss. 11-16

 

A TROUBLED MESSAGE - Vss. 17-20

John heard about Jesus' miracles.  However, John was in prison and was probably depressed.  I believe He asked his doubtful question because of his depression and because he expected Jesus to establish His kingdom on earth in a more rapid manner.

 

A TRIUMPHANT MANDATE - Vss. 21-23

The messengers sent to Jesus were witnesses of many miracles which the Lord performed.

Then the Lord sent a message to John giving a brief summary of Jesus' ministry and encouraging John to "Hang in there!"

 

A TERRIFIC MAN - Vss. 24-28

Jesus tells the crowd what a great man of God John was.  I believe that truly great people usually do not grasp how great they really are. John didn't.

 

 

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Luke 7:19-30

WHEN DOUBTS ARISE

 

Even the greatest of the Lord's servants are attacked with times of doubt.

John the Baptist was not immune from times of doubt.

He had stood mightily for God (Luke 3:1-18).  As a result, Herod had thrown him into Jail (Luke 3:19-20).

As John sat in prison, he began to doubt.  Evidently, he expected the Messiah to set up His kingdom immediately. He did not understand that Jesus must first die for sins, and then set up the kingdom at a later date.

 

THE CONCERNED PROPHET - Vss. 19-20

John sends representatives to ask Jesus if He is the one who is the Messiah, or if they should they look for someone else.

 

THE CHALLENGED PROPHET - Vss.21-23

 

First Jesus worked miracles before the eyes of John's disciples. He showed that He was Messiah by His deeds.

Second, He sent a message to John encouraging Him to continue believing.

 

THE COMMENDED PROPHET - Vss. 24-30

 

The crowd is made to understand what a great man of God John really was!

At that moment John, in prison, may have felt like a complete failure.

Instead, John through his obedience to God, was a total success!

Many people will be surprised what great successes they were when they stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.

 

 

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Luke 7:36-50

PICK ONE!

 

Call up two people from the audience and have a small prize in each hand held behind your back. Let each "Pick one!"  I used candy bars.

 

Many of us are familiar with "Wheel of Fortune". On that television show everyone is asked to make picks one at a time. They pick a letter. They pick a vowel. At the end of the show, before the bonus round, they pick an envelope containing a prize. If they correctly solve the puzzle, they win the prize.

 

Life is full of choices. Every day you are invited to pick. You pick what you are going to eat, what you are going to wear, how you are going to act, what you are going to do, and where you are going to go.

 

In this message you also have a choice.

I am inviting you to pick one! You chose who you are like in this story, the Pharisee or the woman. It is your pick.  The good news is, if you want to change your choice at the end, you can.

 

NOTE: If you are teaching or preaching in this passage you will need to begin by telling the story of the woman and the Pharisee as described in Vss. 37-42. You will want to point out that the woman was already saved, but coming to show her appreciation. You will also want to point out that the Pharisee was very self-righteous and resentful of the woman.  Give attention to Jesus' parable and how both of the debtors could not pay. You will probably want to point out that every sinner is equally lost and in debt to God. Jesus died to pay that debt. It was the woman's faith that saved her. Vs. 50

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - Vs. 44

It was a common courtesy of that day to have a servant wash the feet of a guest.  They wore open sandals, and though every other body part might have been clean, feet very easily got dirty. A servant was sent around to wash the feet. Simon failed to do this for Jesus.

 

The woman, on the other hand, not only washed Jesus feet, but used her own tears, and dried the feet with her own hair.

I believe this action of the woman speaks of acknowledgement.

This woman looked back at her past life.

This woman looked back at her failures.

This woman looked back at the forgiveness which Jesus gave her and shed tears of sorrow and gratitude.

I wonder how many of us have been forgetful about how much the Lord Jesus has done for us.

We need to remind ourselves of what we were before we were saved. We need to remind ourselves that we had past failures, many of them, but Jesus has forgiven every last one of them.

We need to remind ourselves that even today, when we sin we have a Savior who forgives us, and restores us to fellowship as we confess. 1 John 1:9

It wouldn't hurt us to shed some tears of sorrow and gratitude for what He has done.

 

AFFECTION - Vs. 45

Another custom of that day was to greet a guest with a kiss on the cheek.  Simon did not offer that kiss. The woman however covered Jesus feet with kisses!

This woman not only acknowledged her sin, but she showed her affection for the Lord Jesus. She loved Him for what He had done for her!  The kisses were the sign of her affection.

 

How does your Lord Jesus know that you love Him?

Do you tell Him that you love Him?

Do you sing songs of praise and worship from the heart?

Do you thank Him for all that He's done?

Are you loyal to Him?

Do you spend time with Him?

Do you speak up for Him?

Are you there when needed?

Will you do anything that He asks?

Do you obey Him? John 14:15

 

APPRECIATION - Vs. 46

Another custom was for a host to anoint his guest's hair with oil. Simon had offered no oil!

The woman took a flask of expensive perfume and anointed Jesus' feet.  She showed her appreciation for all that Jesus had done for her. Has it occurred to you that what we give to the Lord is an indication of how much we appreciate Him?

 

When we give our tithe to the local church, we are showing our appreciation.

When we give to missions we are showing our appreciation.

When we give to those in need, we are showing our appreciation.

 

CONCLUSION - Vss. 47-50

 

Vs. 47 - The woman's love for Jesus was a reflection of how much she had been forgiven.

She realized just how great a sin debt had been paid!

Oh, may we realize the great debt of sin that has been paid for us, and may we love Him accordingly!

 

Have you been forgiven much?

Do you love the Lord Jesus accordingly?

 

Vss. 48-50 - The woman was reassured, and those who didn't believe didn't understand that Jesus could forgive sin.

 

But now it's time for you to Pick One!

Are you like the Pharisee or the woman in the story? You can change, and become like that woman.

 

 

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Luke 7:36-50

APPRECIATION

 

You might want to tell two stories to introduce this message.

Tell a story that shows true appreciation for something someone has done. Also tell a story about someone who showed a lack of appreciation.

 

Our text tells the story of two people. One was repentant and showed appreciation for what Jesus had done for her. The other was unrepentant and showed no appreciation.

 

May we, by our words, thoughts, and actions always show appreciation for our Lord Jesus!

 

THE PEOPLE, Vss. 36-39

A Repentant Sinner, Vss. 37-38

A Self-Righteous Pharisee, Vss. 36, 29

 

THE PARABLE Vss. 40-43

The one who is forgiven the most is the most appreciative.

 

THE POINT Vss. 44-50

The Pharisee had not sought for, nor received forgiveness of his sins, therefore, he showed no sign of appreciation.

The woman had sought for and received forgiveness by faith. She showed her appreciation in her actions.

 

 

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DINNER PARTY

 

In the days of Jesus when someone had a dinner party, it was open for outsiders to come and watch.  Jesus was invited to dinner at the home of a Pharisee.

This unique dinner party featured:

 

A REPENTANT SINNER – Vss. 37-38

A RIGHTEOUS PHARISEE – Vs. 39

A REBUKING MASTER – Vss. 40-47

A REASSURING SAVIOR – Vss. 48-50

 

 

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Luke 7:36-50

PENETRATING QUESTIONS

 

Jesus went to a dinner party given by a Pharisee. A woman who had been forgiven by Jesus showed up to show her appreciation.  The Pharisee was critical.  This event and Jesus’ response leads us to some very penetrating questions to ask ourselves.

 

DO YOU CRITICIZE YOUR MASTER FOR WHOM HE FORGIVES? – Vss. 36-39

DO YOU CONSIDER HOW MUCH YOU HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN? – Vss. 40-43

DOES YOUR CONDUCT REFLECT YOUR CONVERSION? – Vss. 44-47

DOES YOUR COMFORT COME FROM THE LORD? – Vss. 48-50?

 

 

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Luke 7:44-50

A REPENTANT WOMAN

 

SHE BROUGHT THE WATER OF WELCOME – Vs. 44 – Her Tears

SHE GAVE THE KISS OF AFFECTION – Vs. 45

SHE USED OINTMENT OF APPRECIATION – Vs. 46

SHE RECEIVED WONDER OF FORGIVENESS – Vss. 48-50

 

 

 

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