Summary: Four stories of the forgiven and their results.
Sermon 262 – THE RESULTS OF THE FORGIVEN
Luke 5:17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. Luke 5:18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. Luke 5:19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." Luke 5:21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Luke 5:22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Luke 5:23 Which is easier: to say, ’Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ’Get up and walk’? Luke 5:24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." Luke 5:25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
• Forgiveness resulted in healing
• Forgiveness resulted in praises
John 8:3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group John 8:4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. John 8:5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" John 8:6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. John 8:7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8:9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. John 8:10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" John 8:11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
• Forgiveness resulted in deliverance
• Forgiveness resulted in a new beginning
Luke 7:37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, Luke 7:38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. Luke 7:39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is--that she is a sinner." Luke 7:40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said. Luke 7:41 "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Luke 7:42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" Luke 7:43 Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said. Luke 7:44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Luke 7:45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. Luke 7:46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." Luke 7:48 Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." Luke 7:49 The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."