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Sunday, 28 April 2013

'FEAR'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca

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(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, April 28th, 2013)
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Broadcast Notes:
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(Abridged notes covering discussion on   Luke8: 40-56 )
 
Fear’  

Did Jesus really not know something? Did He really ask a question He did not know the answer to?

1a. Jesus as a man asks an honest question.

Jesus was comfortable living under the sovereignty of God.

Look at verse 44 and after.

44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

Jesus does not use His will to heal.

1b. Jesus is not just a man. He is Health itself, He is Life itself.

It is a stunning miracle!

If you read the Gospel, Jesus is not fractured, He is consistent and deep.

1c. Jesus is not fractured, He is one person.

This story makes the abstraction of the incarnation visible in story form.

A. Jesus knows I can be filled with fear but He invites me to be filled with faith in Him.

Jesus wants us to ask the Father to grow in us a humble trusting knowledge of the greatness of Jesus.

Two types of people and their view of whether their needs will be met. 

Continue reading from 49.

49 While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” 50 But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” 51 And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. 52 And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given to her to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

2a. Jesus as a man walks and speaks and touches. 

The Bible shows Jesus as a man.

Princess Diana and the fact that death vanquishes all. Death vanquishes the rich and the powerful.

2b. Jesus is not just a man, He is stronger than death.

2c. Jesus is not fractured, He is one person.

It is a story that shows the incarnation.

A. Jesus knows I can be filled with fear, but He wants me to be filled with faith in Him.

What held Jesus to the cross? If He can vanquish with death, how could He die?

3. Only the redeeming sacrificial love of Jesus for me and you could hold Him to the cross.

B. Jesus knows I can be filled with fear but He invites us to be filled with a faith in Him and be saved and be well.

Prayer:

Dear God, please grow in me a humble, trusting knowledge of the greatness of Jesus to save me and make me well.

Rev. Canon George Sinclair

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