Summary: A call for ordinary people to get involved in our world, doing what Jesus wants us to do, using Him as example.
Walking in the Masters footsteps!
I’m going to talk to you today about Walking in the Masters footsteps!
First of all: the master that I’m talking about is Jesus Christ
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
John 17:3 says this is eternal life, that we may know Him, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He have sent.
John 3:18 "He who believes in Jesus is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
In Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
The footsteps are the life that He is calling you into….. a Christlike life
Jesus was walking next to the sea one day and saw fishermen
Mat 4:19 Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
He did the same in mat 9:9
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
And to us here today
Mat 16 :24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
The words “Follow Me” means: to walk where I walk, to do what I do, to say what I say. We call it a Christ like life.
Truly friend that’s all that matters for me: “Touching Jesus”
“Touching Jesus is all that matters
and your life will never be the same
There is only one way to touch Him
Just believe when you call on His name”
·This song calls us to believe when we call on His name.
·That’s what the Bible is about, to believe when we call on His name.
·This is precisely what peter does in the last part of Acts 9.
·He’s walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
·We have two miracle’s here that are nearly identical of two miracles that Jesus did.
·Peter shows us where the Child of God’s power is.
·I’ll show you the secret here today….
Acts 9: 32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 33There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralysed.
·Here is a man with a problem, He’s not only bedridden but also paralysed.
·His name means laudable which means creditable so he sounds like a good man. (names bare characteristics)
·I want you to think of the people who is living with him in the same house.
·Let me tell you it is as hard for them as it must be for him.
·They can’t just jump out of bed and come to church like you did this morning. They may have to get up two hours earlier than you did today. There are more things to do. I sometimes wonder how some of us might feel if we have to wake up two hours earlier each Sunday to get to church. What will our excuse be? I’m tired, Got back pain, etc.
Let me get to my next question: What would you have done if you were Peter?.
·We meet people like Aeneas every day.
·They might not be physically paralysed but also Spiritually.
·What paralyse the Spirit? Fear, unbelief, unforgiveness, hurts.
What would your advise be to a person like this?
Peter gives the answer.
34.And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed." Then he arose immediately. 35So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
·Peter points Aeneas to Christ. Jesus the Christ heals you.
·Then he gives him a command. Arise and make your bed.
·Arise means take action and make your bed not to return back to it…
You may say “Wow, Peter was amazing,”
But the fact is that Peter knew the secret………………
He knew how to walk in the footsteps of the Master…
Let’s compare this miracle with John 5 at Bethesda.
John 5: 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"
7The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me."