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Summary: Jesus was addicted to sinners, paralyzed to the cross, deaf to his critics, dumb as a lamb before his shearers

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10-29-07 Jesus the paralyzed diety

Isiah 53:7

Title: Paralyzed to the cross

Before the sermon, if Christ were to speak directly to us, this might well be His very words:

A bottom line conclusion message from Christ:

- Your sins had me nailed there

- my love for you had me out of my mind

- another mind, that is, the mind of my father

Now a story: As told by a female paralytic

The following story, I heard on TV

while listening, I wrote as fast as I could (the details)

the best I can remember, this is the ladies story

When swimming in the Atlantic in 1967

- I loved sports was very athletic

- one of my favorite pastimes was as a hockey player and I also played baseball

- I dove off of a wharf in Chesapeak Bay with my female friend

- but I came back up face down in the water

- Now, My legs won’t work

- my hands are shriveled up and useless

- I am life-time bound to this wheel chair

I asked my friend to give me lots of pills

- I asked her to slice my wrists I would not feel a thing

- just let me bleed until I bleed to death

She climbed up into bed with me at the hospital

- and sang me a gospel song of Christ (about His suffering for me)

I was very bitter about life and only wanted to die

- Until I herd from Jesus who was bound to a tree

- Surely fear at times took its toll

- but he had a heart transplant that thought only of dying men

- his hands could not move

- His feet were held fast

- A spear took his last source of strength

His Fathers words, held him tightly to the cross

- His voice would not cry out

All I got from her song was this message from God:

"I gave my only begotton son, as a ransom for many! He could not get away from His task".

- Today: married to a wonderful husband with only love to hold us together

But today I had rather be paralyzed in my wheel chair and have the Lord

than to be standing erect, and have to live without Him

This is what I gained from her interesting story

Jesus was not a paralytic

- yet he was paralyzed by his own desires

Jesus was paralyzed to self

- He was a King (but did not broadcast it)

- He was our High Priest (for ever, after the order of Melchezideck)

- He was the Son of God (with all power over Heaven and Earth)

Jesus was paralyzed to selfishness ( no why me Father?)

Jesus was paralyzed to his own image (only to please the Father)

Jesus was paralyzed to his own emotions (no whimpering/whining)

Jesus was paralyzed against revenge (getting even)

Jesus was paralyzed against prejudices (who-so-ever-will let him come)

Jesus was paralyzed against putting woman in her place

(woman at the well)

- woman who washed his feet in tears and dried them with her hair

- she wasn’t a woman of integrity

- the two women at the tomb (go tell my disciples that I have risen)

Jesus was paralyzed to his own needs (i.e marriage or to own a home) (He had no place to lay his head).

Jesus was paralyzed to his own ambitions (only to do the will of my Father)

- when dying on the cross (He still had time for the thief

Jesus was paralyzed to pride

Jesus was paralyzed to his own financial needs (coin in fishes mouth)


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