Summary: Jesus challanges the Pharisees and Teachers of the law.
Who is the Man called JESUS?
– These are the words of Napoleon Bonaparte:
I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.
Between him and every other person in the world there is no
possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar,
Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But upon what
did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus
Christ founded his empire upon love. And at this hour millions
of men would die for him.
Although it has been 2,000 years since Jesus walked the dusty
roads of Palestine, the words of Napoleon are more true today
than when he first spoke them. “At this hour, millions of men
would die for him.”
A. It is a fact that the men and women of the world
are instinctively drawn to Jesus.
1. Many people do not know him well, but what
they know, they like.
2. It is rare to find a man on the street who will
speak ill of Jesus
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS
A. What was Jesus really like? What was it like
to be around him?
1. What kind of person was he?
2. How did he deal with the problems of
life? How did he treat people?
3. What would we have seen if we had been
there in Galilee by the sea or in
Jericho or in Bethany?
4. What was Jesus really like?
B. In order to answer those questions, we have to
go back to the only records we have–the four
2. I not looking for “Jesus the great
teacher” or “Jesus and his disciples,”
but for “Jesus and the common man
THE GOSPEL OF THE UNDERDOG
A. No gospel answers that question better than
Luke. It is the gospel of the individual. It is full of
real stories about real people. f
1. In Luke’s gospel we see Jesus dealing
with a tax collector up a tree and with
a prostitute who washed his feet with
2. We see him with the rich young ruler who
went away sorrowful and with the woman
who touched the hem of his garment.
B. We know that Luke was a physician.
1. It has been said that a minister sees men at their best,
2. a lawyer sees men at their worst,
3. but a physician sees men as they really are.
C. Luke saw men as they were and loved them all
D. His gospel is the story of Jesus written by a kind
and compassionate family doctor.
E. To my mind, he has given us the most appealing
picture of our Lord.
1. If you want to see Jesus as the Messiah
2. if you want to see Jesus as the
powerful Savior, read Mark;
3 if you want to see Jesus as the Son of
God, read John.
4. But if you want to see Jesus as the man
for all men, read Luke
BAITING THE HOOK
Our first close encounter with Jesus comes from Luke 5"17-19
It is the story of a miracle and a controversy. Jesus Forgives
and Heals a Paralyzed Man17 One day Jesus was teaching,
and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They
had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and
Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal
the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a
mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the
crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat
through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
A. One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and
teachers of the law, who had come from every
village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there.
1.And the power of the Lord was present to
heal the sick.
2.Some men came carrying a paralytic on a
mat and tried to take him into the house
to lay him before Jesus.
B. When they could not find a way to do this
because of the crowd, they went up on the roof
and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into
the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
C. As we study this little photograph clipped from
Luke’s mental scrapbook, the players in this
drama come clearly in focus.
1. First, there is Jesus who is teaching the people.
2. Second, there are the Pharisees, the
professional teachers of the law.
D. They have come from all over Galilee, have
made the long, hard trip to Capernaum to check
out this new man from Nazareth.