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Summary: Jesus said STAND FORTH, then STRETCH FORTH, and finally, SEND FORTH! Powerpoint at website.

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Three “Forths” of the Battle

Mark 3:1-14

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Welcome to our Palm Sunday service! [introduce message] Today we look at the man with the withered [shriveled] hand. It was likely a paralysis issue of pinched nerves/cut off blood flow.

Luke the Physician tells us it was his right hand. (ancient medical writers always stated whether the right or left was affected…)... The right hand is the hand of fellowship, so this man is weak and out of fellowship with God, as are all men!

Sin so paralyzes us that we are not able to do much for Christ, until His pierced hands touch our withered hands...

Although the Pharisees could quibble over our Lord’s healing on the Sabbath, they had no qualms of conscience in plotting to kill on the same day...

I. STAND FORTH Vs. 3 – We have to be honest about where we stand as individuals. We must be honest about ourselves. We must take our stand, and be honest about it at work, at home, on vacation, at church!

A good witness will “take the stand.” Legacy 5 song: “I Stand Redeemed”.

This man had to make a decision among many who were criticizers of Christ. They were looking on to see whether he would stand up or not. Perhaps this man had been in their number for some time. Regardless, the pressure was on him, and taking the stand wasn’t easy!

When You Make A Commitment To Follow The Lord, Many Will Be Watching You…and if you don’t commit, many ARE watching you!

Jesus wanted the man to stand forth. He wanted the man to identify with Him. And if you’ve made a decision for Christ, He will know you’re serious when you come up here and take your stand!

I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus,

No turning back, No turning back.

Tho none go with me, still I will follow…

The world behind me, the cross before me…

Is that your commitment? Will you stand forth in the name of Christ?

The crippled man doesn’t yet know what Jesus is going to do with him. There has been no announcement made as to Jesus’ healing him. And when you take your stand, you don’t know in advance what will happen, but by faith we can know it will be something good!

II. STRETCH FORTH - Vs. 5 - Following Him In Obedience.

Once you take your stand, expect God to start to stretch you a little, sometimes a lot!

Romans 8:29

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…

Ill.—ever have a teacher ask you to hold out your hand to get smacked? What did she use? A ruler? A strap?

Teens play this game where they extend both palm out over the other persons palms…is there a name for that slapping game?

Either way, it’s not easy to extend yourself out into the open. It’s not easy to make yourself vulnerable! And this man no doubt was self conscious and probably tried to hide his hand from view, not “stretch it forth”! It may have been painful to let someone touch it.

This is what Christ did on the cross…He opened Himself up to be crucified…He made Himself vulnerable and risked the pain for the inevitable gain!


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