12/1 at The Gathering

Blake Coffee and Bruce Judisch taught on Sunday, December 1.  The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.

Core Lesson (Bruce Judisch)

Physical and Spiritual Healing

Luke 5:12-26

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Luke 5:12-16 – The Leper

It is significant that Jesus touched the leper. Social stigma aside, this may be the first recorded instance of the reversal of the Old Testament law that touch imparts defilement, but never cleanliness or holiness.

Luke 5:17-26 – The Paralytic

This marks a second radical departure form the Old Testament law: forgiveness of sin delegated to a man. Again, physical healing accompanies spiritual healing.

Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)

The Personal Nature of Healing

Luke 5:12-26

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The brokenness of this world makes a relationship to God necessary. Jesus makes it personal.

A personal relationship to Jesus includes a faith that He is intimately aware of our physical brokenness and has the power to heal it.

Jesus’ connection to the healing power of God came from a very personal prayer life. He modeled that for us.

Physical, mental or emotional healing makes a difference for a lifetime, but spiritual healing makes a difference for eternity.

In many instances, Jesus’ miracles were intended to illustrate both the power and the willingness to be a personal savior.

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Luke 5:12-26 (New International Version)

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.[a] When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

17 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.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

 

 

~ by Blake on December 2, 2013.

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