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Exhibiting His Power

Epiphanytide  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  14:57
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After the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew lists 3 sets of 3 miracles, with stories about discipleship sandwiched in between them. All of these episodes are illustrations of the power of the Kingdom Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount and served to prepare the disciples for their own kingdom ministry in chapter 10.

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 2018-01-28 2 Epiphanytide 1 The season of Epiphany (or Epiphanytide) extends until Lent, and focuses on the revelation of God’s glory in Christ’s earthly ministry First Sunday after Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord Second Sunday – Calling of the Disciples Third Sunday – Training of Disciples Fourth Sunday – Exhibiting His Power Fifth Sunday – Rejection By His People Last Sunday – Transfiguration Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent) 3 …Allow me to demonstrate 1 After the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, Jesus continues to instruct His disciples about life in the Kingdom through His mighty deeds: 1. Jesus shows His power over 3 illnesses (8:1-17) 2. The cost of discipleship (8:18-27) 3. Jesus shows His power over nature, sin and the demonic (8:28-9:8) 4. A disciple is called to a new kingdom (9:9-17) 5. Jesus extends His power to the despised “outsiders” (9:18-33a) 6. Choose: is Jesus doing God’s work or Satan’s? (9:33b-34) 4 Zooming in to one story 1 The healing of the leper (8:1-4) When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 5 What’s all this about? 1 These events are not random, but rather central to Jesus’s overall mission The kingdom of heaven means shalom (abundant life / thriving). Christ came to destroy the powers of evil that distort human personality, disfigure the human body, pervert the mind, and crush the human spirit. He also came to renew all of nature (Rom 8:21). Jesus is giving on-the-job training to His disciples, because they’ll get to participate in this work of spreading shalom The Mission Discourse (Mt 9:35-10:42) 6 What it means today 1 Like the people in these Epiphany stories, we also experience physical, emotional, and spiritual scars that keep us from the fullness of life God intends for us In these 9 miracles, a microcosm of human suffering is displayed, and Matthew shows us that the issue that hurts us most is not beyond the transforming power of Jesus Living in the Kingdom includes being salt and light in the world around us, bringing shalom the way Jesus did 1
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