Summary: THE MINISTRY OF JESUS WAS CONTAGEOUS, SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE. THE WORLD TODAY NEEDS CONTAGEOUS CHRISTIANITY.
A. Generally a word used when someone is ill or sick
-common question "Is it contageous?"
B. contageous (Compton’s) - spread by direct or indirect contact; communicable: said of diseases; carrying, or liable to transmit, the causative agent of a contageous disease; spreading or tending to spread from person to person.
C. If someone is considered to be contageous we try to stay away from them.
1-there were many contageous diseases in bible times, the most feared being leprosy
2-there are many contageous diseases today, the most feared being AIDS
3-other ways to be contageous - bad attitude, depression, yielding to sin
D. People can be contageous in a good sense
-laughter,joy,good mood,good morals,etc
E. What does this have to do with the ministry of Jesus?
II. JESUS WAS A CONTAGEOUS PERSON
A. Notice the scope of His ministry - Syria, Decapolis, Jeruselem, Judea, beyond Jordon
B. The Pharisees held a large following among the people until Jesus came along
C. What was different between the Pharisees and Jesus?
-the Pharisees held a heavy weight of legalism over the people’s head, they followed because they had to
-Matt 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders;
D. Why did the multitudes follow Jesus?
-Jesus had something that no one else had
-Matt 7:29-8:1 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
-they wanted what Jesus had and followed him freely, not by force. His fame spread abroad. What He had infected the lives other people
E. What Jesus had drew people but caused demons, sickness, infirmity and death to flea
F. What made Jesus so contageous?
-Jesus didn’t just talk about what God could do, He demonstrated it
-when people were infected with what Jesus had it changed their life
-John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (indeed - for real, no pretending)
III. PEOPLE WHO JESUS TOUCHED BECAME CONTAGEOUS
A. Demoniac of Gedara - Luke 8:38-39 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
B. A Leper - Mark 1:44-45 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.
C. The woman at the well - John 4:28-30 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. John 4:39-40 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
D. Peter - Acts 5:14-16 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
E. Philip - Acts 8:5-8 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
F. Paul - Acts 19:11-12 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.