Healing of a Man on the Sabbath
Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: The Healing Savior vs the Hypocritical System
Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
Accompanying Matt Chandler sermon: After the Heart
I really appreciated Matt Chandler's thought on this passage.....
Jesus is after the heart. And right action without a transformed heart lacks joy and it lacks worship. You were created for ever increasing joy and worship. So right action without a transformed heart still has you outside what God created you to be.
So what I want to do in Luke 14 is to show you how aggressively God goes after the heart, how aggressively Jesus goes after the heart, and I want to show you a pretty common response to it.
The Pharisees pick a fight with Jesus that they have no hope of winning. In fact, they've already lost the exact same fight numerous times. But they are so blinded by their own wickedness, that they actually use a suffering man in an attempt to prove Jesus is the lawbreaker. It's mind boggling!
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Jesus is always after the heart.
If you take care of symptoms without taking care of what’s diseased, you never get better, the symptoms just come out in another way. It’s why He goes after the heart. He’s not after healing symptoms. He’s going to heal the heart, and then everything else will progress, as the old saints used to say. Okay, so let’s not be liars and lie to ourselves. There are some things that need to be confessed here, some things that need to be wrestled with here, some things that need to be admitted and confessed to. Is there this area of your life that the Lord wants to deal with and you’re going, “Oh no no no, I’m not confessing that, I’m not getting help for that. I’m just going to hide that and replace it with this?” He’s not going to stop haunting you about it, and in the end, if He does, that’s far more terrifying in regards to what the implications of that are. He’s after the heart. That’s what makes Him so difficult. If He lives in you, you will not out run Him.
It reminds me of a statement on our church's website...We gather to consider Christ’s claim on us. Improvement is not what we are looking for, transformation is. Pivotal to our reason for existence is God’s Word which explains Jesus Christ and His ways so that we might get what life is. This message is second to none.
MacArthur finishes his sermon off with this...
Jesus is after the heart - the whole heart. We cannot hide anything from Him. Oh, we can try. But we're only deceiving ourselves. He wants to be Lord of your life. Everything in your life - including money, sex, work, thoughts, entertainment - everything. The question is, will you let Him?
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 14:7-14