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God has come to help His people

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Sermon shared by William Baeta

June 2010
Summary: “They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help His people”” Luke 7:16
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Theme: God has come to help His people
Text: 1 Kings 17:17-24; Gal. 1:11-24; Lk. 7:11-17

There are times in life when we feel on top of the world, when everything appears to be going smoothly and we appear to be enjoying life with no problems whatsoever. At such times, it is difficult to acknowledge the need for God or His help. This quickly changes in times of difficulty and trouble when we begin to ask where God is. Where is God when life hurts? Many Americans asked this question after the events of 9/11 with the destruction of the twin towers in New York and the loss of over 4000 lives. One person’s answer was that for many years now Americans had been asking God not to interfere in their affairs. They had banned Him from their schools and from social and public gatherings and children today can no longer even pray in school. If they did not want God in their lives, why would they ask where He is? The reality however is that God was right there with them as He is right here with us. He is by our side in the good times and in times of trouble, either to encourage us or to comfort and strengthen us. God is always present in times of need and this should gladden us because all of us have needs. All of us go through trying situations in life. The situation could be a financial problem, inability to pay school fees, rent or utility bills, a marriage problem, a separation or divorce, a family problem, a wayward child, unemployment, unforgiveness, poor health or homelessness. God has come to help His people.
The main purpose of the gospels is to reveal the person and character of Christ and they stress the point that Jesus is the promised Messiah. Yet many believers still have no idea of who Christ is. Sometimes we feel we know Him but we do not really recognize Him for who He is and fail to see His glory. When we do our lives will immediately change and we will obey Him and stop asking “Has God really said?” If we believe John 1:1-5 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Then we will believe that He is God and to disobey Him is to say we do not believe He is really God. We cannot say we know God but know nothing of His love, compassion, and power. Nothing is able to keep us from the love and compassion of Christ. It is greater than we can imagine with our finite minds but we are given a glimpse of it when Jesus touched the leper and the dead. He went ahead to touch the dead when He knew that any contact with a dead body would make Him ritually and ceremonially unclean. But because He is God His touch brought life out of death and cleanness out of uncleanness. We cannot say we know God but know nothing about His authority and power. Jesus Christ has demonstrated His authority and power enough times for us to trust Him as Saviour and Lord. Who else but God has the power and authority to bring the dead back to life. Yet even this did not convince the people of His Lordship. They still had no idea who Jesus was. They believed instead that a great prophet had visited them when it was God Himself. God was there with them that day, but they had no
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