The sermon should begin by telling the story of the man who brought his son to be healed by Jesus. The story should be told completely and in a way that people can feel, see, and touch the story. I would say that you tell the story from the centurion stopping Jesus up until Jesus told him that his servant shall be healed. Then give the three points. After that pick the story back up on the way home for the celebration.
Now we move into the teaching part of the sermon. We have three points. These are three things you must do if you wish to see the healing of God. The first thing one must do is have compassion for others. Note that the Centurion had compassion for his slave. You might note that the word for slave here is not doulos which is the regular Greek word for slave, but it is pais which is the Greek word for a slave that is almost family. Here the centurion had compassion for someone else. We cannot be so caught up into our own healing if we want to see the healing of God, we must desire and be willing to see the healing of somebody else.
The second thing one must do if one is to see the healing of God, one must ask for it. Note in the text that the centurion goes to Jesus and asks for healing. Many of us fear to ask for that which we really want. You might go back to when Jesus asked the man at the pool, “What do you want?” In addition, you want to emphasize the connection in our own lives as we accept that which is less than what we really want. Instead the centurion wanted healing for his servant so he asked for it. It is time to ask for it. We want healing for our nation, ask for it. We want that new job, ask for it.
The third thing you must do if you want to see the healing of God is believe the word of God. Note that the centurion told Jesus, you don’t have to come by my house, but just speak the word only. the word itself has within it the power to do what it says. At this point you might bring in the power of the word, for example at creation, God stood out on nothing and said, let there be, and then there was something.
Then we celebrate. Pick it up on the way home. The centurion is already happy. He doesn’t have to wait to get home, he knows his servant is healed. He singing about the goodness of Jesus. He knows it, how does he know it, because God spoke a word. And you can trust that word. The power of the word of God is well attested. Whether it is a “let there be” to nothingness or a “you will have a son” to Abraham or a “peace be still” to the waves. But also, God’s power is evident because I was once lost in sin and Jesus picked me up and turned me around and placed my feet on solid ground.
Introduction: This sermon short is basically a pointer to help someone think about a text and turn it into a sermon. It is not meant to be preached now, but needs some beefing up. I have included some helpful pointers in how to preach it in the text of the sermon.
This is a scripture that may be hard to understand. We often talk about how good God is. We talk about God making a way in the middle of no way. We even talk about God being on the side of the weak and the oppressed. But then we come to a scripture where Jesus, the son of God, is “led” into the wilderness by the Spirit.
The wilderness, is a terrible place to be. We are told that this wilderness that Jesus was thrust into is a rough one, that descends quickly into a sea at the bottom of it. It is a rough one with rocks and the like. It is truly a terrible place. The Bible says that it is a place of temptation. Satan is in that place ready to pounce and tempt Jesus. but more than that there are wild beasts in that place. It was a place of spiritual as well as physical anguish.
And God sent him there. We often times get mad at folks. We talk about the church, but here it isn’t sister Betty causing Jesus Harm…It ain’t the Pharisees or the Sadducees, no it is the Holy Spirit that is driving Jesus into the midst of this desolate place.
Now we move into the teaching part of the sermon. As I think about this, I gotta believe that God has provided something to help Jesus through that wilderness, and if God had something in that wilderness for Jesus, God has something for us. What does God provide for us that will help us through that wilderness? We have three points. These are three things that God has for us that we will find in the wilderness.
The first thing that God has given us that will help us through the wilderness is the Word. We are ready for the wilderness experience because God has already given us that word. The powerful word that can take nothing and call forth something. Note how Jesus makes use of this resource by always appealing to it in his battle with Satan. Jesus uses the term “it is written” against all of the attacks. That word is given to us in the Bible. when the rough times of life come, we have a Bible. I remember when grandma used to have problem, she didn’t give up, she didn’t fret, she simply sat down with the Word to see what God is going to say to her. If we are going to make it through the wilderness that the Spirit may lead us into then we must make use of the resources that God has given us. And one of the biggest resources is the Bible itself.
The second thing that God has provided us to endure the wilderness is a God given identity and purpose. When you know who you are, no one whether a devil in hell or an angel in heaven can sway you from it. Note that Jesus wouldn’t bow to Satan in the third temptation because he knew who he was, and he knew who he served. See you only worship the devil if you are a child of Satan, but if you are a child of God then you cannot bow. But more than that. If you are the son of God, then you can’t bow to one who should bow to you. When you are led into the wilderness it is time to remember who you are. You see it is in the wilderness when we often do what we wouldn’t normally do. It is when the chips are down that we do what we shouldn’t do. Remember who you are and what God has in store for you.
The third thing God gives us is help in the wilderness. The text says that the devil was in the wilderness. We know that. The text says that wild animals are in the wilderness. We know that. But the text also says that angels were in the wilderness. We may be so busy looking at the devil and the wild beasts. We may be so busy looking at those who want to do us harm, that we don’t see that God has something in the wilderness looking out for you. The wilderness can’t totally overtake you if you remember that God has something there for you and to go look for that something. Note that the centurion told Jesus, you don’t have to come by my house, but just speak the word only. the word itself has within it the power to do what it says. At this point you might bring in the power of the word, for example at creation, God stood out on nothing and said, let there be, and then there was something.
Then we celebrate. Here you want to probably continue the third point that the angel meets us. Wait for angel. What do you do when God sends you to hell? You remember the word, you remember who you are, and you wait for the angel. You wait for your help. For we know that God won’t leave us in hell too long. The bible says that even if I make my bed in hell, God is with us. Hell won’t last too long the angels is coming. for the bible says that I just need to lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. Wait for the angel.
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