Sunday Morning 4-14-2013

Posted by Sherry


WHEN JESUS TOUCHES YOUR COFFIN
Luke 7:11-17
CBC 4/24/2013 SM

INTRO: Misunderstood “Omniscience” of God (He’s Everywhere)
leads to the belief God is everywhere so He doesn’t have time for me
Bible says that’s FALSE
Numerous examples of Jesus meets us WHERE WE ARE!
Abraham under a tree
Paul on Damascus road
Joshua in the wilderness
Jesus makes house calls
  • Maybe you need Jesus to make a visit to your house:
    • salvation
    • assurance
    • direction
    • boldness
    • rescue
TEXT: NLT 11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside.

FUNERAL PROCESSION ETIQUETTE 
pull over to side of road as procession passes
  • Jesus stood in the middle of the road
  • Jesus focuses on the weeping Mother (widow) of deceased boy
  • Even in all the confusion of the crowd following Him & funeral procession...He sees HER!
  • What does Jesus see?
    • grief she still carries for her dead husband
    • the only thing between her and death is her boy
    • the worry when her son becomes ill
    • the effort & expense she puts in to make her son well
    • the last night when she prays for a miracle
    • holding him in her arms begging God to spare him
    • sees her face as her son breaths his last breath & goes limp & she knows he’s gone
  • Jesus’ heart breaks for her
    • Jesus seemed to be drawn to broken hearted people
      • lepers, prostitutes, sad, sick, sinful shattered people
      • Ps 34:18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.(are crushed in spirit)
      • Lk 4:18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…
      • when your heart is crushed under the burden of grief He sees you. 
      • Sometimes you can get lost in the crowd,
      • feel as if nobody really knows or cares what you’re going through
      • just as Jesus saw this poor widow in her pain,
  • Jesus sees us when we hurt.
    • He knows your pain
    • He shares your pain
    • He is probably closer to you when you’re hurting than anybody else. 
    • Someone once said, Sympathy sees and says, "I’m sorry." Compassion sees and says, "I’ll help."
    • He makes this “house call” not just to be sympathetic, but to actually help
  • “Don’t Cry”
    • don’t misunderstand what Jesus meant
    • He did not mean it was wrong to cry at the loss of a loved one
    • there is a time for weeping
    • Jesus wept at the grave of His friend, Lazarus
    • Jesus is saying, “Don’t cry, I’m here to comfort you”
  • What Kind of Comfort?
    • Picture this...
    • Pallbearers getting tired of holding this coffin
    • Their eyes get wide as Jesus touches the coffin & speaks to the dead
    • I wonder what happens when the boy sits up and speaks back....hmmmmmm
    • The mom is amazed as Jesus give her son back to her
    • she asked for God not to take him probably
    • she probably never thought to ask to bring him from the dead
    • AND WE DON’T EITHER
    • She grabs her son and holds him tight, tears of joy, flooded with the comfort of knowing her son is really alive again. 
    • 2 Co 1:3-4 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
  • THE MAIN POINT
    • when God visits His hurting people, 
    • He comes to offer us comfort, 
    • not condemnation.
    • HE ALWAYS DOES THE UNEXPECTED
    • Jesus is here to make a house call, 
    • to offer you not just His compassion, but His comfort.
    • That doesn’t mean He expects you to deny your pain, to “buck up” under your grief.
    • He won’t always remove the painful memories, but He will comfort you with hope for the future.
    • He won’t always fix everything that’s wrong, but He will comfort you with the promise that one day He will make everything right.
    • He won’t sugarcoat your disobedience, but He will offer you the comfort of forgiveness when you confess and repent.
    • He won’t always take away the pain in your body, but He will comfort you by giving you the strength to endure it until He calls you home where you will never hurt again.
  • Do you need comfort this morning?
    • Is their a deep pain, 
    • a secret sorrow, 
    • a broken heart that needs mending?
  • JESUS BRINGS COMFORT BUT WE’RE NOT ALWAYS COMFORTABLE
    • V 16 Great fear swept the crowd,
    • when God makes a house call: 
    • people are gripped with a healthy fear of God, 
    • and they glorify Him.
    • When God steps in and works in our lives, it can make us uncomfortable, and even fearful.
    • it’s one thing when God 
    • keeps a safe distance, 
    • stays quiet, 
    • never interfering with the natural order of things. 
    • But when He steps out of the safe box we try to put Him in, 
    • things can get a little scary. 
    • He grows larger in our eyes,
  • One of the elements of worship that is so obviously missing from our worship of the Lord today 
    • is an awe, 
    • a reverence, 
    • a fear of God that characterized so much of the worship in the Bible.
    • We come to God so casually, 
    • praying our little prayers and 
    • singing our little songs 
    • with no real sense of His greatness 
    • and awesomeness 
    • realizing how fearsome God really is.
  • what would happen, 
    • what would change, 
    • if God really visited this place this morning, 
    • and we realized we were in the presence of the Almighty Creator, 
    • the Holy Redeemer of the universe?
    • I imagine our singing, 
    • our praying, 
    • our giving, 
    • our preaching (and listening to preaching) would be very different!
    • There may be some knees knocking, 
    • some hearts fluttering, 
    • maybe some of us would fall on our faces, and truly glorify God! 
    • But friends, He is here this morning.
    • by His Holy Spirit, He is really here. 
    • We know that not by our feelings, but by our faith.
  • that fact should fill us with godly fear, and make us want to glorify God right now.
    • How? 
    • repenting of our sins, and 
    • committing our life to Jesus Christ.
    • rededicating our life to Christ.
    • by bringing your burdens to Him.
    • Will you come today and let Him show His compassion to you? 
    • Ps 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED...
  • Who is carrying you?
  • Who is saying, “you’re done, bury them”?
  • Take heart....Jesus makes house calls!

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