Summary: esus loves and cares for His people and this world way Beyond just Sunday morning service. He wants the church to care for the people around us His way!
Beyond Sunday a CHC Production: Jesus cares about you! - Beyond Sunday!
Thesis: Jesus loves and cares for His people and this world way Beyond just Sunday morning service. He wants the church to care for the people around us His way!
T.S. – Scripture is filled with references to how Jesus cared for others and how we should care for others.
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…
Story of Jesus Caring:
The Workers Are Few
35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight
35As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
38He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41“What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
42Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
43Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
We can also mention The Woman caught in adultery and see how Jesus responded to her!
We can look at the Samaritan woman at the well and once again see how Jesus cares for her!
There are many more stories of Jesus showing compassion and care for the people of the world. Jesus cared about people and He still cares about people today!
From the book Caring for People God’s Way – Introduction by Tim Clinton:
“When good King Josiah died around 609 B.C., Israel was prosperous, strong, and safe in the world. Yet the people of Israel quickly declined both morally and spiritually, and their leaders grew corrupt. The whole nation refused to hear the prophets God sent, including Jeremiah, to call them to repentance and restoration. Amid the ongoing search for the good life, a great terror was about to befall them— the complete destruction of Jerusalem and the forced slavery of the Jews by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.— but they would not turn their hearts. Jeremiah 6: 14 captures the essence of that day, “They have healed the brokenness of my people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace” (NASB).”
Think about this historical example they ignored the teachings and the warning of the people sent by God to save them from the oncoming destruction but they did not listen instead they listened to those who did not represent God who were saying it’s all good-they give superficial band aids and deceive the people into thinking there is peace. But the truth is there is no peace because of the rejection of God’s words.
Tim adds this thought, “Interestingly, as today’s prosperous generations search for purpose, meaning and value, many are experiencing a pervasive sense of emptiness and isolation. And why shouldn’t they? In a world flooded with distresses like father absence, abuse, violence, marital discord, and emotional problems there is a natural epidemic of escapism through consumerism, drugs, alcohol, sex, and suicide. Earnest Becker accents this thought concluding “Modern man is drinking or drugging himself to death . . . or he/she is shopping which is the same thing.”
Would you agree with his observation?
Tim continues, “Living in denial, today’s powerful and pampered generations have become “tranquilized by the trivial,” though they find neither solace nor healing— crying “‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace.”
Dallas Willard alludes to this modern journey in his book on spiritual disciplines and concludes, “Obviously, the problem is a spiritual one. And so must be the cure.”
Last week at the Pastors retreat one of our speakers made the point, “We cannot fix the woes and ills of America with a new president because our problems are spiritual problems and spiritual problems can only be fixed by spiritual means.”