Summary: Talking about discipleship=process/change - Humorous ‘Changing a light bulb’ religiously - We’re talking about a different type of change; fundamental, inside out, thru friendship with Jesus - When you’ve met Jesus, everything changes o His teaching c
Talking about discipleship=process/change
- Humorous ‘Changing a light bulb’ religiously
- We’re talking about a different type of change; fundamental, inside out, thru friendship with Jesus
- When you’ve met Jesus, everything changes
o His teaching challenges your understanding
o His compassion softens your heart
o He turns your world upside down… and then you realize right side up for the first time.
- While…want to begin with the very essence of Christ’s ministry… to hear his own words… Declare the kingdom of God…
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)
In these words… we come to know the very heart and posture of Jesus… compassion… strongest word of its type in Greek, formed from the word which means ‘bowels’—Used only by Jesus
There’s a simple but poignant statement that’s often repeated today “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
‘Harassed and Helpless’
Bewildered, distressed—beat up, uncared for, wearied by a journey that seems to have no end
Religious leaders bewildering men with subtle arguments of the law that kept them from God rather than … weighed them down
Dejected—laid prostrate… can mean either in drunkenness or wounds.
SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD—hits home? Decent minds navigate earthly life reasonably well… souls in their eternal light… must reach safe pasture amidst distractions and dangers we don’t know how to recognize, let alone overcome.
GOD’S HEART… God’s heart comes alive in the very history of this phrase…
- Over 200x… shepherd/shepherding
- Abraham, Jacob, Moses… all shepherds… David
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them… For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness… I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak…(Ezekiel 34:2-6)