Jesus: More than we bargained for.
12/12/2021

Jesus: More than we bargained for.

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Passage: Matthew 12:14-21
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Intro: Christmas celebrates the coming of Jesus! O Come Emmanuel, etc.

Jesus brings hope, joy, forgiveness, etc, but what also comes with this?

Freedom for the captives means the captors will loose power, position, and possessions.

The Pharisees where the oppressors.

Do you remember the story where they condemned the disciples for picking and eating the grain on the Sabbath?

Jesus rebuked them and then he healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath.

“…But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him. 

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,

    the one I love, in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

He will not quarrel or cry out;

    no one will hear his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break,

    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,

till he has brought justice through to victory.

    In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Matthew 12:14-21

Why did Jesus come to earth?

“Jesus came to seek and save the lost.” Luke 19:10

1. Jesus came to save to the lost. 

How did the rulers respond to the freedom Jesus was bringing?

“…the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus."

Jesus is on the side of the oppressed, NOT THE OPPRESSOR.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6b

So while the Pharisees condemned people, Jesus healed people and taught them bringing the truth back where the lie had ruled.  

…But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

The Pharisees were false guides being used by the devil to keep the people blind 

“Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place.”

He came to the Jews, but they were trying to kill him, so he went to the Gentiles. 

2. Jesus is attracted to those who want him.

It might be the same with us… he withdraws from people who don’t want him. 

“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11

David was aware that unconfessed sin would keep him from God.

10 years ago, I quit drinking. 

Am I still engaged with Jesus now like I was then?

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

~ C.S.Lewis

God heals those who actually want to be healed. 

Jesus asked the blind man at the pool of Bethsaida who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years, “Do you want to get well?”

“A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him.”

3. Jesus heals those who follow him.

When his own people wanted to kill him, he withdrew.

The Gentiles followed him, and he healed them.

Jesus asked the pharisees this parable…

What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. 

Matthew 21:28-32

The Pharisees where the ones in the church but didn’t “go”. 

The Gentiles were the ones who said they wouldn’t go, but followed. 

Are we still following hard after Jesus or just going to church?

I can stand up here, preach, lead Mission Builders, give half of all I own and not be following Jesus. Did you know that?

“This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

This… what?

  1. Jesus came to save the lost. 
  2. He withdraws from those who don’t want him, and…
  3. He heals those who do.

What did Isaiah say to predict that?

Here is my servant whom I have chosen,

    the one I love, in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

He will not quarrel or cry out;

    no one will hear his voice in the streets…”

“The nations” (other than Israel) 

means the Gentiles (outcasts) because the Jews didn’t want him.

4. Jesus doesn't waste words.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6

He proclaimed justice to the nations through works (miracles) and that’s what the Gentiles responded to.

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”

1 Corinthians 4:20

Their teachers didn’t have authority.

They only spoke. Empty words only. 

“A bruised reed he will not break,

    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out…”

What does this mean?

The prostitutes and “sinners” are the bruised reeds and smoldering wicks. 

He bears with the weak and the downtrodden. 

5. Jesus empowers the weak and willing.

It’s a message of hope.

Example: Candle in the wind.

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 1 Timothy 1:6

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit…” 

Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” 

Zechariah 4:10

Think of Gideon.   

The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’” Judges 7:2

God trimmed his army from 22,600 to 300…

Maybe what you think is your strength is what’s holding you back. 

Maybe your plans, maybe your knowledge, maybe your experience….

“…till he has brought justice through to victory.

    In his name the nations will put their hope.”

6. Jesus gives victory by bringing justice. 

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