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Jesus, the Master Teacher

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Welcome to Sacramento central Seventh Day Adventist Church and thank you for joining us for sensual study hour wherever you are and however you are joining us. We're very happy that you're here and I know that a special someone in Xalapa Mexico will be very happy and blessed with us this morning that we're singing him for seventy four Take the name of Jesus with you. This comes as a request from Miguel and how. Well you heard your requests and we're happy to sing this with you this morning. Let's sing the first and second verse. Roots there. Seriously. She says nearly losing was losing precious name that was sweet. Wasn't it. Our next song this morning comes from another watching family has requested him five seventy nine to slough that makes us happy. We're so happy that you are a faithful viewer and of course our of our Lord makes him seven. He says. This is sleep. This is wonderful. What wonderful cheerful rousing songs were singing this morning and that. 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Don't forget to put that see right in front of it to help us distinguish between this program and L. receiving the word program and all you need to do is call in at nine one six four five seven sixty five eleven or e-mail us at C S I. Let us know where you want the CD or D.V.D. version and we'll be happy to help you. We're glad you are tuning in and out please let us know where you're doing in from the star you're enjoying the programs write to us we'd love to hear from you. Where in the lesson number nine where moving right along in the study. In the book of Luke and I trust you've been enjoying the study. As we've been going through it together. Jesus the master teacher. Jesus the Master Teacher and we are looking at Luke Chapter four verse thirty two and this is our memory text. It says and they were astonished at his teaching for His Word was with was a thorough That's right. Let's read it all together and they were astonished at his teaching for His Word was with. All off. That's ride. William A Ward said the mediocre teacher tells a good teacher explains a superior teacher demonstrates the Great Teacher inspire us a great teacher and spies and and there is one and there is one from whom all inspiration and wisdom flows. Flows from man and it comes from ultimately from Jesus Jesus the Micah The Creator of All. The Bible says in John chapter one verse five that when Jesus came he came as the light and what type of well did he come in time and what type of world of a bright light world right ready to receive Him now the Bible says it was a dark it was a dark world. There's an interesting and a pretty concise picture of the type of world Jesus came into. When it when he did just there in the first century B.C.. In the book education page seventy four and seventy five. This is on Sabbath afternoons a lesson want to read this for you because it just summarizes the condition of the world that Jesus came into and wide Jesus taught the way he taught and what he taught what he taught. She says as they ceased to recognise the divine that they ceased to regard the human truth on a integrity confidence compassion where departing from the earth relentless greed and absorbing ambition gave birth to Universal distrust the idea of duty of the obligation of strength to weakness of human dignity and human rights was cast aside as a dream or a fable the common people regarded as beasts of burden or as the tools and the stepping stones for ambition wealth and power aids and self-indulgence was sought as the highest good physical degeneracy mental stupor spiritual death characterized the age that's the. World that Jesus came into their minds of another age perhaps the one we're living in today. The light shone in darkness. We're told in John chapter one and verse five. How was the light to shine in darkness how does one explain the things of heaven to people who know only the things of the. And not that you would try but how would you explain how would you explain to a wet fish what dry is how would you do that. It's said that awareness is largely the product of comparison. When this is the product of comparison. Those who have traveled perhaps other countries. How do you help the person you're talking to to appreciate what you've experienced there where you use a comparison you say something like you know how we have this here. Well over there. They have said they have this and you do a comparison you put one thing by the side of another and you try to explain what it is you're sharing two. This was the challenge that Jesus had when he came into this world to try to explain the things of eternity the things of Heaven His kingdom to people who really had no idea what his kingdom looked like and to top it off. Jesus had a more and more difficult task because he had to try to explain to people who already thought they knew what the Kingdom of Heaven looked like so he had to undergo an learn them on teaching them and then teach them the truth. You see and that's the challenge that Jesus had and that's the reason why Jesus shared and spoke and taught using a lot of stories. The gospels record about forty parables that Jesus taught and we can surmise that they weren't the only stories that Jesus taught in his three and a half years of ministry but the gospels record forty forty powerful stories and in today's lesson. We're going to take a look at one or two of them to help. Understand the things related to the kingdom of heaven you think about it just for a moment that when Jesus came he was he was God had he had to he wasn't trying to compare his kingdom with the earth with earthly kingdoms he had to draw the sting contrast and so in the minds of the religious people of his day those who were into supporting the coming of the Messiah who were they anticipated there into supporting the Messiah to free them from sin. No they're anticipating a Messiah who would free them from the Roman the yoke bondage. And so this is this is the end their. Their vision or their view of a kingdom was was a was a powerful kingdom of a kingdom that ruled by might and through force. So when Jesus came along and he said the kingdom of heaven is like unto a mustard seed or is like unto yeast the disciples and those listening to him must wonder what is Jesus referring to what are you talking about here because in their mind they had they had the concept of domination of force and coersion but Jesus said No My kingdom is not like that. He drew a very stark contrast between what his kingdom was the one he came to establish an earthly kingdom. So the Bible says that Jesus came and he taught with authority let's let's open our Bibles and look again. Luke chapter I want to read a chapter for verse thirty two Jesus was teaching it says in verse thirty one. He went down to Capernaum the city of Galilee and was teaching them on the Sabbath. This was shortly after his discussion and so men in in Nazareth in the synagogue. Were over on Sundays less of the authority of Jesus and this is and when they were listening to him he was there teaching them on the Sabbath that day and they were astonished at his teaching for His Word was with was his word was with all of the what is what is authority. What is authority authority is simply the power. All right to give orders. To make decisions or to enforce obedience now. If you are an authority you have that prerogative Now when Jesus came he didn't he didn't it wasn't for come didn't come to force obedience. He came to lead people into a obedient relationship with his heavenly father and he did that through a thing thing called Grace. But Jesus had the authority in if and if he wanted to he could force obedience. But he didn't come to do that God appreciates us and our service when we do so from a free will. From heart so that a willing and happy to to serve Him and to love him and to are buying him. Now the Sabbath listeners at Capernaum says it says they were Stalinist at his teaching for His Word was with authority. It's interesting the Greek word translated astonished literally means blown away in modern binocular the individuals listening to Jesus' teaching were both literally blown away and that reaction was the same. From those who heard Jesus Sermon on the Mount that's recorded in Matthew chapter seven and you can read about that in verses twenty eight and twenty nine the listeners hearing Jesus' words were blown away by the way Jesus taught his authority in which he taught the scribes spoke the lesson says that the scribes spoke by author of the they quoted what preceded them. But Jesus spoke with author ready. After all he was the creator. After all when he spoke what happened. It was done he commanded and it stood fast when God When Jesus spoke this world into existence things things happen when Jesus spoke and so when Jesus speaks it comes with power and it comes with change and and and Jesus spoke with power he was. As an authority he was the creator and he also came with authority and spoke with authority and taught with authority because the father had sent him he knew without a shadow of a doubt that his father had given him this work to do as his son. You see that's why Jesus was able without any shame or embarrassment. He was able to confront Roman authorities. He had bowed to before the great God of heaven and certainly he was God in human flesh but he bet bow before his father in prayer and the so he could stand before any man on earth he confronted the Roman authorities he confront of the Jewish scholars who confronted just about anyone if they were leading a path that was walking a path that was going to lead them to destruction. He came to seek and save that which was was lost. So how much authority did Jesus have there are several stories in Luke and let's look at Chapter twenty two Chapter eight. Luke Chapter eight verse twenty two. And will go over to and reverse through verse twenty five. It says Now it happened on a certain day that he got into a boat with his disciples and he said to them. Let's cross over to the other side of the lake and they launched out and as they sailed he fell asleep and a wind storm came on the lake and they were filling with water and were in jeopardy and they came to him and awoke him saying Master Master we are perishing Then he rose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water and they ceased and they were calm and he said to them. Where is your faith and they were afraid and marveled saying to one another. Who can this be for he commands. Even the winds and water and that he obey him. It's an amazing thing this story teaches us cues me this story teaches us that the winds and the waves. Even though by Jesus. Again he's the creator they do that those these these inanimate objects are going to just listen to the voice of a creator and he comes The sees another story in Luke Chapter four verses thirty. One to thirty seven. Jesus Kos out a demon demons from an individual the demons even know by Jesus and just write this one there. Luke Chapter five verse twenty four to twenty six Jesus cost out disease disease oh by Jesus the power of Jesus word he taught. He spoke with one who had authority and then Luke Chapter seven verse forty nine. He even had the authority to forgive somebody else sins which was huge man came paralyzed friends brought him and and they gave Jesus a hard time for forgiving this man since she said what's easier to tell a man his sins are forgiven or rise take up your bed and walk and so with that he looked at the man and said Get up take up your bed with authority with power and as as faith reached out to the Word of God. Something happened in that man and he got up and he picked up his bed and he walked out of there came in carried by his friends and left of his own accord the power of God's word. Luke Chapter twelve verse eight Richard thanks for say. Also I say unto you. Whosoever shall confess me before Man him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God. Just so just let that soak in for just a moment if we confess Jesus before man Jesus is going to do what before the father he's going to confess us. He's going to say here are my children here they are now they are not worthy to be saved because I laid down my life because I gave them my grace because they receive me by faith because I believe and they love me. They are my children. Let them come let them come into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus has the authority to determine who will be saved and who will be lost. Now Jesus doesn't doesn't pick and choose who is going to be saved and who's going to be lost. We determine really whether we are going to be saved or whether we're going to be lost. Isn't that right. And Jesus. Basically is saying if you've confessed me I'm going to confess you if you've done this then I'm going to do this for you and I have the authority to do that. No You know what on earth can do that. Not an angel could do that only the Son of man the son of God Jesus has authority to save and to determine who gets to spend eternity with Him Now of course that choice is ousts if we place our faith on the side of Jesus lives on his side our hearts in his hands then he will declare us say. His children say for eternity. So Jesus had authority in his teaching and in his life question for you and me is does he have that same authority. Question is when Jesus speaks to we respond. When Jesus says something do we say OK Lord I'm willing. I'm willing to concede I'm willing to admit I'm willing to do question is does Jesus have authority in your life in my life. Jesus can have authority. But it's not going to do us any good. Personally if we don't declare that he has that authority in our lives. Jesus has said do this or I Lord I'm going to do it by the way. By the way in every one of Jesus' commands is a promise you know that right. And every command is a promise when Jesus asks us to do something he's saying I give you the power to do it. I'm not going to I'm not saying you can just go off and do it on your own volition do it in your own strength this is impossible for without me. You can do nothing. The poll says with Christ who strengthens you can do all things you say wonderful promise. So we let God's word his authority into our lives. He changes us and makes us His very own. Let's go to Monday's lesson Christ greatest So him of Christ greatest sermon the Sermon on the Mount is high yield. In literature as the essence of Christianity. Now the. The bulk of the Sermon on the Mount is found in Matthew chapter five verse seven. But Luke takes portions of it and he shares the instruction of it throughout his his account his gospel and the main portion of this of this sermon is found in Luke Chapter six so my eyes will just turn over there. Luke Chapter six verses twenty three forty nine. Luke Chapter six verses twenty three forty nine and I'm not going to be vicious to think that we're going to get through everything that Jesus says here but let's just touch on a few highlights here by the way just the context of the sermon was given in the late summer of eighty twenty nine. So it's coming down to the close of Jesus' ministry. This is when the sermon was given in Luke's order in Luke's account he he said he shares that Jesus spent all night in prayer. Then he came down came down to ordain. The twelve ordained as twelve disciples and then he kept dissented descended down to the plane and then he gave this sermon. So he spent all night and pray he would Danes the twelve comes down to the plane and then he shares this particular sermon some of suggested that the sermon was an inaugural address to the to the disciples. The ordination of the twelve was the first step in the organization of the church right. It certainly was you had here you had twelve charter members technically and and so the following words these words the Sermon on the Mount could be considered the inaugural address because here you have Jesus lays down the condition of citizenship into his kingdom. He also gives his law and then he delineates the objectives of the members the citizens of his kingdom. So truly it could be considered an inaugural address. So let's talk about that in Matthew chapter five Jesus is teaching on the Mount is on the mountain. It's some of suggested it is. The Sinai of the New Testament. It is the Sinai of the New Testament more than fourteen centuries earlier Israel gathered in the Vale of check up. And from the mountain on either side the voices of the priests could be heard. Declaring blessings and curses and you can read about that in Deuteronomy Chapter eleven verses twenty seven and twenty eight but it wasn't from that Jesus was going to declare these words and it wasn't Joshua who was going to lead his people into the Promised Land. This was Jesus the one who would bring true rest to his people and it was an unnamed mountain that Jesus shared these words it was a mountain beside the lake of Ghana Sarette And so in Luke's account. Jesus saw him and begins with full blessings and for won't use for blessings of the eight that Matthew shares. So it's good to compare these accounts together. It's interesting. Jesus shares blessings and curses who in the Old Testament What was the only one who could pronounce blessings and curses God now. Moses was the instrument he was the human instrumentality to say God has declared. So here Jesus is himself declaring blessings and curses a wos my Bible and your bible says that Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God here you see the authority of Jesus. Again expressed sharing blesses blessings and and woes and so begins look at Chapter six verse twenty blessid you poor for yours is the kingdom of heaven or God bless you die you hunger now for you shall be left field. Blessedly you weep now for you shall laugh. Blessedly you when men hate you. And when you it excludes you in revaluing cost out your name is evil for the son of man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy for indeed your. War is great in heaven for unlike men of their fathers did to the prophets bless it all happy are you happy. Are you now. Luke and looks account he seems to apply the Beatitudes more literally the Matthew which becomes more apparent with the accompanying woes the strong contrast between poverty hunger and persecution. Now and the future state of blessing May first. Lend seem to lend a materialistic slant to Christ's words but that's not the case. Christ is simply contrast ing the present state of those seeking the kingdom with their condition after entering the kingdom. So Christ is contrast in the present state of those seeking the kingdom with their condition the condition. The same the condition of the same after entering the kingdom and so Jesus says Happy Happy other Paul in Matthew's account happy are those that mourn. He says happy you you hunger. How is it that you can be happy. Under those circumstances. Jesus is speaking spiritually isn't a happy happy or the poor in spirit happy are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness that. Why because you'll be filled. You'll be filled you be called the Children of God You'll be called the Sons of God the kingdom of heaven is YOUR was happy you in the Beatitudes Jesus is kind of basically spells out the steps towards salvation coming to God with a broken contrite hob mourning for the fact that your sins have grieved his great heart of love and coming to him and receiving forgiveness him teaching you make miss and how to be merciful in being a peacemaker. That's the work of Jesus in our lives right there. Happy you. But then Jesus goes on to say in those twenty four woe to you who are rich. You've received your consolation while you who are full for you shall hunger woe to you who laugh now for you shall mourn and weep won't see you when old men speak well of you for so did their fathers to the false prophets the best thing to do here is compare these words with the woes of Jesus pronounce on the religious leaders in Matthew chapter twenty three. Matthew twenty three Jesus point to the religious leaders was you guys look good on the outside but inside your of basically said you like you I Why did suffer because you look great but inside you're full of dead men's bones. You're corrupt. Your faith is corroding you're dead you need spiritual regeneration and this is what Jesus is referring to here. You're my life but the fact that others may fail you may laugh at the fact that you're richer and more powerful than others but your day is coming. If your if if if if pride. If pride is filling your hot. If self is filling your heart. That's not going to fare well for you to you. Whoa to you a curse to those who are filled with pride and self-sufficiency and have no need of a savior that's what Jesus is saying here. Woe to those who have sense no need of a Savior. Well let's go on. Let's take a look at verse twenty seven to thirty one. We won't read it all but Jesus says I say to you. Who here. Love your enemies do good to those who hate you. This is an imperative to love not to not hate Did you notice that Jesus didn't say hey don't just go easy on the enemies don't hate your enemies. Instead he says what you love them. This is huge. This is divine Love this isn't love that you and I can manufacture. We need love from jesus love from above. What do you say truly and then Jesus says they've just jumping down a little bit to verse thirty says give to everyone who asks of you or him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. These words give to everyone doesn't mean to give him everything he asked for nor does it require for us to give something every time you're asked Christ means our giving should be habitual with us. It should be the should be a life it should be a habit the heart that's willing to give the instruction given here by Jesus in verses twenty seven to thirty one does not mean that a Christian is obliged to give indiscriminately irrespective of need he will instead have a generous spirit that is ready and glad to give according to the need presented and according to our own ability to give those things need to be considered he'll have a generous spirit in other words Jesus is saying that those who follow me will be disposed to cooperate with and help those who have a need then to push someone back and to oppose them. That's the contrast Jesus is drawing here. The heart of a follower of Jesus is more willing to help than to not help more disposed to cooperate then to oppose now over in verse thirty seven just jumping around here. Those thirty seven just want to touch on this Jesus says judge not that she be not judged condemn not and you shall not be con them that's right. This is not a cold a set aside making distinctions between right and wrong. We should be able to judge and determine between what is right wrong I meant Certainly we ought to be able to do this. Jesus is saying you cannot however judge a person's motives or his character. You see because that's not for us to give Instead it's a coal to give the benefit of the doubt and to be gracious toward the other person Jesus said Judge not and do not walk condemn. So there we understand what Jesus is referring to some folks like to take this verse and say you know you to judge mental especially when a post is picking out might be. Referencing off a floor. A fold or lifestyle. Issue that someone might be having You've been to judge mental God has not told us to bury our heads in the sand to be ignorant but with regard to what is right and what is wrong. He wants us to know the difference between right and wrong. However he wants us to be gracious when we see wrong. One says to make sure that we take the beam out of our own eye before we remove the speck from someone else's. Now before we get to that Jesus talks about the blind leading the blind and that's in verse thirty nine. Can the blindly the blind. Well they not. Both fall into that the church the disciples. You've heard the saying A string rises no higher than it's well you haven't heard the saying OK a stream rises no higher than its source. Now you heard the say. A stream rises no higher than the source its relationship to this story the disciple its relationship to the previous verse judge not equal rights. The master the man who is blind attempting to lead the disciple who also is blind. The moral of this of the story the moral of this little parable is simply that those who who would pose as a teacher of others must. Have clear insight as to the matters to which they would teach or instruct others on. So that's the relationship between Judge not and being a blind leader of the blind you see. That's the moral unless they do their best to reach a low standard the parable illustrates the same lesson given in verse forty one look at verse forty one and why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye but do not perceive the plank in your own eye Eman In other words a man must see himself clearly before he can help others. Yeah. So don't be a blind leader of the blind. Don't be a blind leader of the blind before you instruct someone else have. Clear insight as to what you're trying to instruct on and don't judge others don't make sure you take the plank out of your eye before you remove the speck in someone else as you say make sure you have a you have a clear understanding of who you are. Lead Jesus help you and then you're in a better position then to help someone else who may need help. Well Jesus goes on to talk about in verse forty three that you are good tree does not bear bad fruit nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. How do you how can you tell what type of fruit tree it is if the tree is producing figs is it a peach tree. If the tree is producing lemons as an apple tree you and I know the tree by the fruit a bit is ripe and it's the same thing with the life you will know a person by the life they live. You'll know who they are a Christian is known by their works by the life that they live that their lives that can grow and with the teachings of the spouse you see and then Jesus closes the sermon by admonishing us to build on the rock and what is the rock the rock is Jesus and his was his or Thora tidy of Woods his authoritative teachings hard to build a good character on this on the shifting and sifting sands of philosophy and man's teachings. We must build our lives our character on the shore foundation of God's word. I meant surely and then we build in Iraq. And it doesn't matter if the storm comes we're going to be standings Standing Rock solid if the waves pound up against our shawl going to be standing solid because we're standing on something that's immovable and that's the authoritative teachings of Jesus. Well as some much time to get into we're going to run over to choose days less than a new family. It's evident from the life and ministry of Jesus that he was seeking to establish a new family. And how do we join this family were adopted by the Spirit of God are we not we're born again into the family of God You can say God I just. Me Just let me give you my birth certificate can you just take that name off and put your name on there. We must be why born again must be converted born from above you see. So Jesus came to establish a new family. Not one defined by excuse. By cost or color or language or tribal religion but one defined by by charity by a gop a love unmerited non-exclusive universal and sacrificial love. A family built on the gods original full formula founding creation that every human being is God's child made in His image Genesis Chapter one Verse twenty six and twenty seven and being that we're all equal in the eyes of God Amen. It doesn't matter what. Income looks like what education you might have received what your family name is what church a person might even go to in the eyes of God will his children were equal equal in the eyes of God. Now let's go to Luke Chapter eight. Let's take a look here except eight not verses nineteen through twenty one Jesus says something very interesting. Luke chapter verses nineteen three twenty one then his mother and brothers came to him that is Jesus and could not approach him because of the crowd and it was told by him told him by some who said your mother and your brothers a standing outside desiring to see you. And he answered and said to them. My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and do good. That's curious is Jesus referring to here now without minimizing the ties and the obligations that bind parents and children and sibling with sibling except for a Jesus declared that all those who acknowledge God is their father. Members of his family and if Asians chapter three verse fifteen God is trying to bring together the whole family that is in heaven. And that is on the earth. God wants to make us all. One great big happy family. You see and it's great to be a part of a loving caring family the ties that bind Christians to The Heavenly Father and therefore to one another a stronger and true even than blood ties. It's said that blood is thicker than water. Well if we've got Jesus' blood running through our veins. Then the relationship that we have with one another ought to be stronger than El Al while our relations our family ties. If especially if our family. Is and all of our persuasion of our faith and love Jesus like you and I love him you know you can travel anywhere in this world and you run into a Seventh Day Adventist Church and guess who you run into family you run into family doesn't matter. In a stroller over in Brazil. In the islands in South America doesn't make any way Africa Europe Asia you run into an Adventist Church whether be in a in a building whether be in a home. You've run into family. You just you connect the something about being tied together by the Spirit of God by truth truth that sets us free frees us to become the children of God God is working to bring us into his family. You see now there are substantial stories that teach us and speak to us about Jesus attempt to break down Ted down. Barry is Barry is that Hindu folks from becoming a part of the family of God someone has Luke Chapter seventeen those eleven through nineteen. OK Mike has that. So when it come to you in just a moment just to write down some of these verses here. Luke Chapter five verses twenty seven to thirty two. This is the story of Jesus' call to Matthew what was Matthew Matthew was a tax collector. He was despised and hated by the Jews because every time he collected their money. He was collecting it for the Romans. It was a constant reminder that they were under Roman subjection I thought ninety eight I loathe and I hate it so here was I was a guy who was considered to be low life in the eyes of the do religious leaders and what did Jesus do. He called him to be his disciple talk about breaking down barriers. Luke Chapter seven vs one through ten Jesus is approached by century and and the century and servant whom he loves is dying very very sick. And Jesus comes to heal him as a matter of fact this insurance is you know what. You're a man of authority like I am I tell this person a go. They do it. I tell him to do this they go ahead and do it just speak the word only in my servant will be healed talk about it. Somebody who understood the authority of Jesus words and ministry. Jesus heard listened and he healed the century and servant who was a Roman again despise and hate. About the Jews but Jesus did well reached out to him. And then looked up to seventeen verses eleven three nineteen next month. Luke seventeen or so leaven through nineteen Now it happened as he went to Jerusalem that he passed through the midst of some area in Galilee and as he entered a certain village there are many him ten men who were lepers who stood a far off and they lifted up their voices and said Jesus Master have mercy on us. So when he saw them. He said to them Go show yourselves to the priest and so it was that as they went they were cleansed and one of them when he saw that he was healed returned and with a loud voice glorified God and fell down on his face in his feet giving him things and he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said Were there not ten cleansed. But were of the nine but were there not any found your return to give glory to God except this foreigner and he said to him Arise go your way your faith has made you well. So how with the lip. Is considered in the eyes of the people back then. Low life you would want to come in touch with one of them. You could get contaminated get what they've got and yet what did Jesus do heal them as a matter of fact somewhere on thankful and yet he still help them. He still help them. It doesn't matter whether they're considered to be the lowest of the low according to social standards then Jesus revealed by his actions that people are of equal worth in the eyes of God and sometimes it's very hard for us to learn. Sometimes it's very hard for us to not discriminate. Jesus wants us to be. Nondiscriminatory he wants us to treat everyone as he would treat them but we go on to Wednesdays and Thursdays a lesson in the parable of the Good Samaritan we're going to bring it all together here of the four gospels this is looked up to ten of the four gospels only Luke records the parable of the protocol son and the parable of the Good Samaritan. The first story illustrates the Love that The Heavenly Father has towards sinners. The second story illustrates the love that we should have toward others because we appreciate the love that The Heavenly Father's shared with us this is the response to the love that has been given to us and that we appreciate so much. Rather than putting people in their place. God is calling for us to put ourselves in people's place to walk a mile in their shoes or walk a mile in someone's moccasins. But it helps us understand a person in the parable that Jesus taught more than the principles of understanding and sympathy was in the sense of the of empathy in all of our relationships. What's empathy. It's distinct from sympathy and pity the word empathy is derived from the Greek word empathy and pathos. In that rather in the or pathos feeling and passion in other words it means the ability to understand and share the feelings of another God is calling for his people to empathize empathy. The is the key cornerstone in genuine human relationships. It means the one with empathy is compassionate while those without it. Consider others don't consider obvious. I describe empathy as caring someone else's pain or pleasure on your hot. So why should I who should I have sympathy for as a follower of Jesus. Am I allowed to be selective. Picky. Maybe even cranky. As a Christian in my liberty to have empathy for a chosen selected few close friends. Perhaps those that. I scratch my back that kind of scratch mine. In the Two Great Commandments of life. Jesus told His followers to love the Lord God Him with all of our heart soul strength and mind and our neighbor as ourselves so to love our neighbor is to show our love to God question is Who then is my neighbor who I am to love because that was the big question in the day of Jesus is that the story picks up in Luke Chapter ten verse twenty five. That was the big question of the time of Jesus that was asked repeatedly causing endless heated discussions to the common Jew The neighbor was not anyone outside the nation and a certainly was. And those Samaritans. But I did wonder where the distinction should be made among their own people in different classes of society. So he was. My neighbor Jesus was about in the story below the top of the cherished ideas and reveal what the true nature of religion looked like it was about to show them that in reality it is how we treat one another. That's what true religion boils down to so the Pharisees. It seems put this young lawyer up to in verse twenty five asking Jesus this tricky question good master what my eye do to receive or inherit eternal life you have to understand that the religious leaders of that time believe that meticulous Iberians to the law of God. It was imperative for eternal life and I believe that Jesus taught little of that in his ministry. So the question was designed to trip Jesus up. Yes Jesus gave the lawyer the opportunity to answer his own question. He wasn't being rude or impolite was customary to allow a teacher of the law to give an explanation to their own question that they are asked to see. And so interestingly when Jesus is given the opportunity to respond. He refers him back to the Law The Law of God The lawyer then with confidence. In Judea it quiets Jeromey chapter six and Leviticus nine Love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself what Jesus asked the question what does the what does the law say that was his response love the Lord your God love your neighbor as yourself. These Two Great Commandments were painted every morning and evening by the most devout Jew was a part of the Sheema which was the confession of faith. It was should have been known by those who had any insight at all that its principles were not arbitrary these principles were based on the fundamental princes principles of right that will be summed up in the command to love because after all love is the fulfilling of the law. And Jesus presented the whole of not a section of it. Love to God love man love man love God You see how you and I treat a person reveals the length to which we love God that's a tough thing to say it's a tough thing to accept. So Jesus responds to the lawyer and he shows in verse twenty and shows clearly that our eternal destiny is determined by obedience to the law but of course you and I can keep the law in of ourselves we need grace from above. Let's ride bikes cept in Christ's shed blood can we have a hope to be transformed to love God and our fellow man a ride. So the lawyer answered it correctly he was familiar with the law but the law. The lawyer was only familiar with the letter of the law not the spirit of the low. And so Jesus is going to now on to the question who is my neighbor because that was the question he asked Jesus who is my neighbor. If I'm supposed to love my neighbor as myself who is he of course in the hope that Jesus will say well this post in this group right here the elites over here and these folks right over here but those others don't. Don't worry about them and Jesus was about to seriously disappoint them. Luke Chapter ten and those thirty to thirty seven who has that right. OK. My friend Tim. Luke Chapter ten we're going to come to you in just a moment. Tim Luke Chapter ten versus thirty to thirty seven Christ doesn't get into any controversy not going to get any controversy but he tells an incident that is fresh in the minds of the here as its current use of the day. Luke Chapter ten versus thirty to thirty seven next to him a certain man went down from really to reduce them to Jericho. In full of monkeys who stripped him of his clothing went to him departed leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down the road. And when he saw him he passed and he passed by on the other side. Likewise Levite when he arrived at the place came looked and passed by on the other side but a certain Samarian as you journey came where he was and when he saw him he had compassion. So I went to him bandaged his Won't pouring oil in wine. And he said I'm on it's own. Animal but into an inn and took care of him when the next day when he departed. He took out to dinner. Gave it to the innkeeper. And said to him Take care of him and whatever more you spend when I come again I will repay you. So which of these three. Do you think was a neighbor to him who found monk three S. news. And he said who showed mercy on him then Jesus said to him Go and do likewise. A beautiful story. So certain mans travelling down from Jericho to Jerusalem is probably on business we're not sure the real reason he's traveling down the main road that follows through the dry barren uninhabited hills of the wilderness of Judea. It's a seventeen mile journey and one point the road narrows. With rocks and caves on either side making a perfect spot for thieves to hide and surprise unsuspecting victims it's around that that spot that this particular story this tragedy occurs the traveler stripped he's robbed and wounded left half dead in the middle of the road. So the story continues though there's a certain priest and he's travelling on the same road. It's likely that he's returning from his appointed time serving down there at the temple he spots and he sees this half dying man and he passes by him as if he has not seen him at all and then a Levite who's another religious leader is travelling the same road in verse thirty two and he's probably returning from his appointed term of service at the temple as well. He seems to be a little more conscientious at least seems to be but it becomes apparent that he's just curious because he just passes on by without lifting a hand to help his What's amazing. He would to religious leaders who just got to come back from serving people down at the temple for Moses in general to me Chapter ten and Leviticus nineteen got Moses through Moses got it commanded love the stranger love him as your self the priests and the Levites were familiar with this particular teaching and but they hadn't brought it into their phase of everyday life. Now the hero of the story emerges and that's verse thirty three the Samaritan is traveling down this district. In this district beyond for unfortunate traveller probably was a Jew a member of the race that had hatred and despised the Samaritans. Interestingly the greatest difference. Between the Jews and Samaritans was a difference in religious belief a question as to what constitutes true worship but the Samaritan according to verse thirty three had compassion on him. Even at the risk of being harmed he still helped he had compassion. He empathized for this poor man all the people who should have passed by it probably could have been this man after all the one who was lying on the ground was the one who despised his race he could have easily justified walking by right. This guy look at the way they treat our race look at the way they treat us could've walked on by but no irrespective of how he would have been treated respective of how his family was treated. He still gave help because help was needed. This is on conditional love at play and at work here. They have a chewed that we show toward one another shows whether we have supreme love for God or not we only love God as much as the person we like the least we only love God as much as the person we like the least in first John Chapter twenty says of a man. If a man say I love God and hate his brother he is a liar for he that doesn't love a brother whom he has seen how can he love God whom he has not seen and so one of the Samaritan do for this man he came where he was he saw him he had compassion on him he went to him he bound up his wounds poured in what wine and oil. Set him on his beast brought him to the inn took care of him he treated him like he would I would like to being treated him self if he were in the same boat and that's the rule of life. That's the golden rule treat others as you yourself would want to be treated true. The truth is that true empathy always leads a person to take the right action. And we can only have true empathy. If Jesus is living and writing in al ha. If you stop and think about it isn't that what Jesus did for us step down out of heaven bound up wine and oil His Blood Holy Spirit the great cost the heaven paid for healing and complete restoration. That's what Jesus did for you and for me. He carried us in his everlasting arms he placed us within the safe confines of the church and he's given us the assurance that when he returns. He'll take care of whatever it was we paid to help the people. And so in summary. We discover here or at least where you learn remind ourselves that Jesus a teacher taught with or he taught his followers how they should live. He told his followers how they should relate to one another how they should worship and how they should witness on the question for you and for me because this is really what the what the stories teach us here today is our lives do our lives reflect the congressman's between what it is we believe and what it is we actually practice is that can grow and says the harmony between what we believe and what we believe. I pray God that might be the case for each one of us. It's been a joy to teach again the small hope you've been blessed in encouraging those that have tuned in as well. Bank you for joining us. 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