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! Introduction:
man has great needs.
These needs are seen in the experience of Mary with Jesus.
Need 1: the glorious message of Christ (v.28).
Need 2: the right response—arise quickly and come to Christ (v.29-30).
Need 3: the reaching out of people to help others (v.31).
Need 4: the confession of faith (even if it is limited and weak) (v.32).
Need 5: the understanding, feelings, and compassion of Jesus (v.33-36).
Conclusion: the misunderstanding of man—how could Jesus love so much and let this happen (v.37)?
!! A.                  the message of Jesus christ
!!! 1.                  Need 1: The Message Of Christ (v.28)
Martha had made a great confession of faith: “Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world” (John 11:27).
The confession apparently struck some kind of hope within Martha.
Just what she was expecting, perhaps even she did not know, but there was a spark of hope.
Her Lord, the Son of God Himself, was now with her.
Whatever could be done would be done; whatever help was available would be given.
Her faith and trust were in Him.
Only one thing was missing: her dear sister, Mary.
So she hurried to share the news with her.
*Note that she shared three things.*
!!!! a)                  He is the “Master” (v.28a)
*Master* (ho didaskalos): means */the Teacher/*.
The definite article (the) is important.
Jesus is not just another teacher like all other teachers.
He is /the/ Teacher, the teaching Master.
This means at least two things.
!!!!! (1)                 *Jesus is the Supreme Teacher.
*He is known for being the greatest of teachers.
No one compares or even comes close to comparing with Him.
He stands alone as /the Teacher/.
!!!!!! (a)                 PEOPLE WERE ASTONISHED AT HIS TEACHING (Matt.7:28).
/Astonished /literally means to be struck out of oneself, and was used figuratively of being struck in the mind, that is, of being astounded or beside oneself.
The crowd was totally dumbfounded by the power of what Jesus said.
(i)                 A similar statement is found in (John 7:46).
!!!!!! (b)                HE TAUGHT AS ONE HAVING AUTHORITY (Matt.7:29).
But the most remarkable thing that struck the audience that day was that Jesus *was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes*.
In the New Testament it is used for the power that proves and reflects the sovereignty of Jesus.
The *scribes* quoted others to lend authority to their teachings, but Jesus quoted only God’s Word and spoke as the final *authority* on truth.
He spoke eternal truth simply, directly, with love (in contrast to the bitter hatred of the Pharisees), and without hesitation or consultation.
That astounded the crowd.
!!!!!! (c)                 WHAT THEY NEEDED WAS NOT AMAZEMENT BUT BELIEF, not astonishment but obedience.
Jesus did not tell them all of those things for their amazement, or even simply for their information, but for their salvation.
He did not intend merely to show them the narrow gate and the narrow way, but pleaded with them to /enter/ that gate and to follow that way, which He would make accessible by paying the penalty for their sins.
(i)                   But most of the people only watched and listened, only heard and considered-but Did Not Decide.
Even by not deciding, however, they decided.
For whatever reasons-possibly for no conscious reason at all-they decided to stay on the broad road.
S. Lewis gives a remarkable illustration from his own life of what the attitude is of many who hear the gospel:
When I was a child I often had toothache, and I knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something which would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep.
But I did not go to my mother-at least, not till the pain became very bad.
And the reason I did not go was this.
I did not doubt she would give me the aspirin: but I knew she would also do something else.
I knew she would take me to the dentist next morning.
I could not get what I wanted out of her without getting something more, which I did not want.
I wanted immediate relief from pain: but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right.
And I knew those dentists; I knew they started fiddling about with all sorts of other teeth which had not yet begun to ache.
They would not let sleeping dogs lie.
(/Mere Christianity/ [New York: Macmillan, 1977], p. 177)
It is that very sort of thinking that keeps many people out of the kingdom: the price is more than they want to pay
!!!!! (2)                 *Jesus is the Master, the Lord, the Teacher of all men.
*In calling Jesus/ the/ Teacher, there is the idea of His Lordship and deity.
Note that He claims deity Himself: “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am” (John 13:13).
His being /the Teacher/ is tied closely with His being /the Lord/.
In fact, logic alone would tell us that /the Lord/ would be /the greatest Teacher/ among all men.
!!!! b)                  The teacher “has come” (v.28b)
The answer that man desperately needs is now available.
The One who can give us the help we need has now come: the Teacher who can teach us how to meet all of our...
·            needs and necessities.
·            troubles and trials.
·            sorrow and hurt.
·            loneliness and emptiness.
"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”"
(Matthew 20:28, NASB95)
/"“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, NASB95) /
/"“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
(John 10:10, NASB95) /
/"Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."
(Hebrews 7:25, NASB95) /
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!!!! c)                  The Teacher calls “for you” (v.28c)
/"Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you.
Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls."
(Matthew 11:28-29, NLT) /
/"“Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!" (Isaiah 55:1, NLT) /
!!!!! (1)                 Blind Bartimaeus calls upon Jesus (Mark 10:46-52)
!!!!! (2)                 There are those whom he calls (Matt.22:14)
but don’t want to come because:
/Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way that leads to life and there are few who find it (Matt.7:14).
/Jesus said to “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many will seek to enter and will not be able (Luke 13:24)/
/Sin is holding them back (John 3:18-20)/
!!! 2.                  Need 2: The Right Response—Arise Quickly And Come To Christ (v.29-30)
The second need is to make the right response to Christ—the response of arising quickly and running to Him.
!!!! a)                  The message of Christ was enough to stir Mary (v.29).
!!!!! (1)                 It is enough to stir action within the heart of any person who honestly seeks the answer to the trials of life and death.
!!!! b)                  When Mary heard & her heart was stirred, she responded quickly (v.29).
!!!!! (1)                 The idea is that she jumped up (arose quickly) and ran to meet Jesus.
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