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Summary: Jesus restores individual lives and them gives them the ministry of restoration. In fact- this is His plan: the restoration of the whole world. Three stories of individual restoration and then a step back to look at the big picture of global restoration

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Restoration and commission Luke 7:36-50

1) A sinful woman

1.1 Differences in gospels

1.1.1 all contain conflict

1.1.2 Jn & Mt= over extravagance

1.2 Big problem! "If Jesus knew!" Problem of Roman Occupation Temple/freedom being taken

1.2.1 Sadducees: Problem solved by collaboration! Opportunity! Then temple not taken

1.2.2 Zealots: Romans = enemy. Rid or God will take temple

1.2.3 Pharisees- she.. sin is the problem. Obey law or God will take temple

1.2.4 Promiscuous- let her hair down!

1.3 Jesus sets record straight. "Simon you didn’t..."

1.3.1 kiss- greet

1.3.2 wash feet

1.3.3 dry feet- she used hair

1.4 "Your sins are forgiven!"

1.4.1 Shows He’s God

1.4.2 Shows God’s nature

1.4.3 motivates her: forgiven much, loves much

Illustr: our friends

You: forget what God has forgiven/done?

1.5 VALUES! RESTORES! RAISES UP. GIVES DIGNITY

1.6 COMMISSIONS: YOU ARE SAVED: NOW GO WITH THIS MINISTRY v50

2) A chained man Lk 8:22-38

2.1 worst case scenario

2.1.1 100 demons

2.1.2 pigs!

2.1.3 cries out and cuts himself

2.2 all for one person!

2.2.1 economy of a whole region

2.3 RESTORATION: HEALS, RAISES UP, VALUES

2.4 COMMISSION: NOW GO! FIRST MISSIONARY TO GENTILES

3) A leper Mk 1:40- 45

3.1 Isolation

3.1.1 6 foot gap upwind. More downwind

3.1.2 thought incurable (only Naaman 2 Ki 5)

3.1.3 Stigma. Such isolation. Rejection

other illnesses ’healed’, lepers ’cleansed’

3.1.4 "covered all over"

3.2 "if you are willing"

3.2.1 "filled with compassion": gut wrenching sympathy

3.2.2 one manuscript: "filled with anger"

at the ravages of sin

at what Satan has done to us, the world

3.2.3 "I AM willing"- restoration is my business

3.2.4 touched him.

we lose this with sanatised hospitals etc!

3.3 RESTORATION. OF FLESH. OF SPIRIT. RAISES HIM UP

3.4 NOW GO:

3.4.1 actually only to the priests. At this stage.

3.4.2 can’t stop him going to everyone!

3.4.3 HE IS RESTORED. HE GETS/TAKES/FINDS A COMMISSION

4) THE WHOLE BIG PICTURE

4.1 let me tell you: this is God’s BIG PLAN/PICTURE

4.1.1 we get lost in the minutiae "it’s a tree... shrub... bush!

4.2 restoration of people and creation

4.3 Eden and creation

4.3.1 lost through the fall

4.3.2 people, relationships and world dammaged

4.3.3 restoration

4.3.4 starts... ends in the garden

4.4 ’reconcile all things to Himself’ Col 1:20

4.5 Eph 1:9 ’to bring... recapitulate...all things together under one head: Christ’

4.6 Here’s His big plan: RESTORATION AND COMMISSION

4.6.1 "be restored! Now go and restore. All things"

4.6.2 Let me restore your life, body, soul, spirit

forgiven, raised up, healed, valued, sought out!

4.6.3 Now GO and do the same

4.6.4 restore other people

4.6.5 restore my creation

the people

their lives

the soil


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