Summary: Video Rollin (Slide 1) Signs Pt. 3 I. Introduction We are invading the moments in Jesus’ daily life in which signs interrupted His walk. 34 times in 3 ½ years. There were 34 different occasions where signs were a part of Jesus’ life. We key on those m
We are invading the moments in Jesus’ daily life in which signs interrupted His walk. 34 times in 3 ½ years. There were 34 different occasions where signs were a part of Jesus’ life. We key on those moments in which His deity was validated by miracles. The supernatural overtakes the natural. You will remember that I have told you the challenge is that Jesus, in John 14 and Mark 16, very clearly state that we should not only have signs following us but that those signs will be greater than what Jesus did. I trust you have spent this week going back to pick up Words that you walked away from. They are timeless!
Text: Luke 4:31-37
31Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. 32They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority. 33In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34"Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!" 35"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!" 37And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
a. They were amazed we are bored and busy.
The folks in the church were amazed by Jesus’ teachings because His message had authority. When He commanded or took authority something happened. I think that some of us have heard the teachings for so long that we have become bored with His power. I wonder if we have heard the truth for so long that we have become immune or so accustom to the radicalness of Jesus’ teachings that we fail to recognize the power we are hearing and handling. I wonder if people are amazed by the same teachings of Jesus that they hear from us?
We underestimate the authority of the truth we know so well. Therefore we under communicate it! If we really understood the authority contained in the truth that we have embraced, that we set through week after week, that we treat with contempt, that we can take or leave, we would be the first on the scene when someone needed answers. We would be the first ones to offer assistance. We would be looking for opportunities to share the truth because we would be aware of the authority we have access to. Teach me something new, but do it quick. No tarrying. No time. This is just one stop in my list of things to do today. If would actually believe what we have already heard signs would be abundant! If we would slow down and absorb truth again and make room and time for the supernatural we would see signs!
b. We need signs in the sanctuary.
I find it interesting that the folks in the synagogue were apparently unbothered by a demon possessed man in their church. The text doesn’t say this was his first time there. I guess it could have been, but the feeling I get when I read this is that he was a normal part of their services. Could it be that they had become comfortable with a demon as their pew mate?
I think there are too many devils that are allowed to stay in the church! There is some unclean stuff that is allowed to stay in the church. A mediocre, forgotten, overlooked, and useless church is one in which we come and sit, worship, pray, preach, and do our thing and people walk out with the same chains they walked in with. How many teachings, worship songs, moves of God had this man set through while possessed? The devil is comfortable in that kind of church! The kind of church that bothers him is the one in which Jesus’ power is established and forces him out! The devil was comfortably hanging out with religious people.
Religious people were more amazed at Jesus’ ability to remove the devil than they were that the devil was in the church in the first place.
I think we have grown comfortable with pornography in the church. We are best buds with prejudice in the church. We are OK with kickin’ it with backbiting, broken relationships, adultery, addictions, and sickness in the church. I want to see alcoholics run to the altar and throw away their drink not because of an altar call or a sermon, but just because of the strong presence of Christ here. I want to see drug addictions broken when a greeter smiles at a visitor. I want to see couples on the brink of divorce so experience the awesome power of God that they fall in love again during worship. One of the signs we desperately need to see is bondage and sin to be kicked out of the church! You want to a see a church grow? Build a church where when people walk in their sin, addiction, chains are forced off and they walk out free. Can’t be so self absorbed in this sanctuary that we don’t see the needs and recognize the bondage of others. This has to be more than a place for religious activities and practices. It must become a place of deliverance and hope! Let’s ask Jesus to bring signs to our sanctuary. That can’t happen in a church where folks just show up to go thru their religious charades and format. That can’t happen in a church where we are just marking time. That can’t happen in a church where only the pastor or a few prayer folks actually prepare for the service prior to pulling up in the parking lot. That can’t happen in a church where we are more focused on getting home in time for the football game than we are on the sin that just sat down next to us! We have got to let Jesus invade this place to such a degree that there is no more room left for demons!