Summary: Part 3 of a 5 part sermon exploring what is forfeited by religious people who deny Jesus. When fault is found with God’s grace we forfeit...
WHEN FAULT IS FOUND
Friday at quitting time, Jim said,
‘Boss, have you got any extra work I can do tonight?’
Sure do but I can’t pay you overtime.
That’s okay, I just don’t want to go home.
Well, I’ve been in the doghouse since last night.
I see...Why? What did you do to deserve that?
I still don’t know, it must be one of those woman things.
I was minding my own business relaxing in front of the TV.
My wife enters the room & asks, "What’s on the TV?"
And honestly, I swear all I said was, "Dust!"
She’s been mad ever since!
The wife found fault with her husband’s grace & forefeited her companionship.
We also forfeit a great deal when the find fault with God’s grace.
The synagogue of Nazareth despised the grace offered them in Jesus.
Religious people can find fault with God’s grace.
What is forfeited when God’s grace is frustrated?
When fault is found with God’s grace, we forfeit...
1. Godly Influence
5. Good News
7—When fault is found we forfeit
“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted...”
“Brokenhearted”—Broken/Bruised of heart/Afflicted
Due to loss brought on by either calamity or sense of sinfulness.
“Heal”—Fix/Repair/Make useful & pain free again.
Isa. 53:4-5—“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, & afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.”
2Chron. 7:14—“...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, & pray & seek My face, & turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, & will forgive their sin & heal their land.”
Isa. 9:6—“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Me/Prior to salvation/Dark dismal/Despaired of life/Forfeited Healing
?You Forfeited God’s HEALING?
?You Found Fault with God’s grace?
8—When fault is found we forfeit
“...To proclaim liberty to the captives...”
Gal. 5:1—“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm & do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
Rom. 7:24-25—“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!...”
Jn. 8:34-36—“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
My praying mantis egg case/Meant to survive the winter/Brought inside/Room temperature/Hatched/Everywhere/Couldn’t support them/Freedom was empty freedom/Doomed to unfulfilled existence