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Summary: o provide an exposé of the things that keep us from the presence of Christ.

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A LESSON FROM GARLIC

Matthew 9:18-26

Sermon Objective: To provide an exposé of the things that keep us from the presence of Christ.

Supporting Scripture :Mark 9:23; Mark 11:23; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 6:10-13; 1 Peter 5:8

Summary

We are over midway through a series called Lessons From the Garden. You are aware that there are characteristics of many fruits & vegetables which we can learn from and transfer in different ways to life.

Past sermons included:

• “A Lesson from the Onion” - Christ’s love infiltrates our environment and spreads in surprising ways, just like the smell and taste of onions.

• “A Lesson from Asparagus.,” – Like the “detestable vegetable”, real ministry and a sense of brokenness may not look good or be easy to swallow but it is sure good for our spiritual health.

• “A Lesson from the Potato.” - joy and celebration for Christ’s grace and presence have as many expressions as the ways we eat potatoes.

Our final sermon from the garden will be:

• The Strawberry (9:35-38)

Today’s sermon is A Lesson From Garlic.

Introduction

There are some garden grown products whose reputation precedes them. They are known WELL in advance of their arrival. One such item is garlic. When a person has been eating a garlic-laden food they need not tell you about it -- you know!

Yes, garlic is a food which many people enjoy eating but which other people don’t enjoy you eating. Although it adds specific flavor to foods, it puts a stench on one’s breath. It tends to repel close encounters.

In fact, that is one of the most well known trademarks of garlic; it repels. Garlic repels everything from mythical vampires to lovers to some diseases and ailments.

That distinctive element of garlic has a parallel in the spiritual realm. There are enemies and entities which need to be warded-off (repelled).

The despair and defeat which accompanies death comes to mind as a viable candidate. And Matthew 9:18-26 gives us insight about how to repel this formidable foe.

The Text

18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”

19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.

21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,

24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

26 News of this spread through all that region.

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We walk by faith not by sight. {2 Corinthians 5:7}

Invite the Presence of Jesus (vv. 18-19)

You probable noticed as we read this text that the PRESENCE OF DEATH IS EVERYWHERE. Not only is the ruler’s daughter dead but the hemorrhaging woman is certain to die. She is waiting on the last installment of death to arrive. But into this dark scene comes The One with the power to change it all -- Jesus Christ.


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