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Summary: Jesus is not only willing to forgive us - He is willing to make us clean. How do I experience that in my life?

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OUR DOUBT: Why would God forgive someone who has done what I have?

- Mathew 8:2 – “if you are willing”

- Acts 5:31; Acts 13:38; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9.

- We doubt that God would be willing to forgive us.

- We struggle to believe that God would be willing to mess with us.

- We figure that God hates us or would roll His eyes at us or would never forgive us.

- When we don’t know much about the Word or about Jesus’ life, it’s easy to presume that He wouldn’t want to bother with us after we’ve made a royal mess of things.

- Also, many have experienced rejection and scorning by Christians and they presume that God must be like that.

MORE THAN FORGIVEN: Jesus offers to make us clean.

- Matthew 8:3.

- Psalm 65:3; Isaiah 1:18; Zechariah 13:1; John 15:3; 1 Corinthians 6:11.

- Now here the healing is physical, but Jesus used physical healings merely as signs of His power and what His mission was. His ultimate goal was not a physical one, but a spiritual one.

- Jesus used physical healing as a sign to people that He was who He claimed to be and could deliver on the spiritual promises.

- What would it be like to be clean of that sin that nags at you? What it would be like to know that sin has been cleansed and forgiven?

- What does clean mean anyway?

- It means more like Jesus, not holier-than-thou.

- Why would I want to be clean?

a. Your sin has messed up your life.

b. Your sin has hurt those around you.

c. You want to experience the goodness of God.

- “I’m tired of living in this trash heap.”

- “I’m tired of these consequences.”

- Do you just want to be excused or do you want to be made clean?

- For many, they really just want their sin excused.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

1. It means that your sins will be forgiven, covered by His blood.

- Matthew 26:28; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:9; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 1:7.

- Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross.

- Our sin are now covered by His blood.

- Quote Matthew 26:28.

2. It means that you will be given a new spiritual heart.

- Ezekiel 11:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:15; Ephesians 4:24.

- God doesn’t just forgive you, He also gives you a new heart and makes you a new creation.

- You are someone who can live out a different life.

"BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'VE DONE": How long has it been since you’ve felt a touch from God.

- Matthew 8:3 – “touched the man”

- Matthew 8:15; Matthew 9:29-30; Matthew 17:7; Mark 7:33-35.

- I had a friend I was witnessing to how said, “But you don’t know what I’ve done.”

- You’re right. I don’t. But God does.

- He has said that the only unforgiveable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

- It’s worth noting where this story shows up in the gospel. It’s immediately after the Sermon on the Mount. Verse 1 notes that large crowds are following Him. Now would be a moment to cultivate power brokers and avoid controversy to help the crowd to grow.

- Instead, the first thing He does is touch a leper. Back then, lepers were carefully avoided and thoroughly shunned.


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