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Summary: Big Idea: Jesus Offers—and Delivers Freedom From the Oppressive Weight of Satan. Looking at the day that Jesus’ touch was remembered more than the words of His sermon

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The Jesus Touch

or,

“The Day No One Remembered Jesus’ Sermon”

Topic: Freedom from Crushing/Debilitating Burdens through Jesus

Thesis: Make Use of the Reality Jesus Sets us Free from Oppressive Burdens

Obviously need to rework the above . . . .

Aim: To motivate people to seek and give healing/releasing freedom in Jesus

INTRODUCTION

A dilapidated, vacant storefront near downtown Monroe is getting a makeover

that could turn the building into a real beauty.

The former Monroe Hobby Shop at 317 S. Monroe St. is being remade into a

sprawling office complex with enough space to hold up to five businesses.

Cincinnati businessman Paul Bartel bought the property in January to house a

statewide distribution center for his Baroque Violin Shop, a full-service shop

that rents, repairs and sells stringed instruments.

After purchasing the storefront and neighboring vacant lot, he began the process

of gutting and rebuilding the structure. Extensive renovations have been ongoing

to rebuild the floor, roof and walls of the structure, which was previously declared

a dangerous building by the city.

Mr. Bartel, who calls himself a "renovator," said the idea is to transform the space into a usable gem with a lot of character.

"We should have something really unique when it’s done," he said. "I like to take things that are pretty run down and make them into something special."

Don’t most of us love stories that take something run down that get turned into something special? That take something

• Broken and give it Healing

• Restore what is beyond Repair

• That Release what is Oppressed

• That Free what is bound

Many of us can identify with not being quite right. With people not accepting us for who we are—afraid that if people REALLY knew us we wouldn’t be welcomed. Maybe that is what draws us to stories of redemption and transformation—even if they are fairy tales like the “Ugly Duckling.”

Let’s take a look at the life of one woman who experienced such redemption and transformation in

LUKE 13:10-17

Jesus teaching: Jesus teaches like no other. The Bible says in several places that crowds are “astonished” at how he teaches, because he has authority, and doesn’t just build off of what other rabbi’s have said. But what I thought was interesting is that NO MENTION is made about WHAT Jesus taught that day. It is as if NO ONE REMEMBERED what he preached. Now, I am not surprised if you don’t remember what I preach—but JESUS???

Maybe it is something about what he did that day? What did he do?

He simply took a woman who had been bound for 18 years, buckled under the weight of Satan somehow, and SET HER FREE! He gave her total freedom that day, with JUST A TOUCH> Don’t we all long for the touch of Jesus? TOTAL FREEDOM:

FREEDOM from her physical torture—after 18 LOOOONG years

FREEDOM Before God: Immediately she began to praise Him

FREEDOM before Man: Jesus called her a “daughter of Abraham” and when

she stood tall before them, it wasn’t just physically that she was tall

and straight. All her shame and pain was whisked away.


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