Summary: The word of Christ was so amazing to the hearers that they were amazed. Christ has something to say to us today as well.
Never a Man Spake Like Christ
John 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles,
and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come? In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ
come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
Introduction: (Give background of Scripture text).
I. The Word of Redemption
A. To the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.” (John 8:11).
This woman had committed a sin that was worthy of death according to the laws of Moses. Her accusers brought her to Jesus expecting Him to condemn her. Jesus told them that whichever one of them had no sin could cast the first stone. One by one they all left. Jesus asked the woman, ”Where are thine accusers?” She replied that they were all gone. Jesus told her, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.”
B. To Zacchaus (Luke 19, briefly tell story with some details).
1. “Zacchaus, make haste, and come down: for today I must abide at thy house.” (vs. 5).
2. “This day is salvation come to this house.” (vs. 9).
3. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (vs. 10).
If we could ask Zacchaus about Jesus, he would surely agree with the officers of the Pharisees, “Never man spake like this man.”
Never man spake like this Man!
II. His Words of Healing
>By His Word…
A. He cleansed a leper (Matt. 8:3)
B. He healed a Roman Centurion’s servant. (Matt.8:13)
C. He healed a lame man. (Mark 2:11)
D. He caused the blind to see. (Matt. 9:29) “He touched their eyes saying, ‘according to your faith be it unto you.’”
E. He cast out demons. (Mark 2:11)
F. He restored a man’s withered hand. (Luke 6:10)
G. He made the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak. (Mark 7:35)
H. Obedience to His Word has brought healing to many broken hearts, shattered families, and strained human relationships.
Never a man spake like this Man.
III. His Words of Compassion
The word compassion appears 21 times in the New Testament. Of these 21 times 10 are in direct reference to the compassion of Christ.
A. Compassion toward the demon-possessed man. After casting out the demons, Jesus told him, “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” (Mark 5:19)
B. Compassion toward the mother who was weeping at the death of her son. Jesus saw the weeping mother, had compassion upon her,
canceled the funeral, and raised her son from the dead. (Luke 7:12,13).
C. Compassion upon the hungry crowd.
Jesus cared about the physical needs as well as the spiritual needs of His audience. He saw the need, had compassion upon the people, and fed them. (Matt. 15:32)
Mat 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
Never a man spake like this Man.