Summary: Jesus is not only willing to forgive us - He is willing to make us clean. How do I experience that in my life?
OUR DOUBT: Why would God forgive someone who has done what I have?
- Mathew 8:2 – “if you are willing”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”
- 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.