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What Jesus Is Like


Matthew 8-9:13

It seems that nearly everyday someone is launching another attack on Jesus.

In past years people have said that Jesus was gay…that He was sexually immoral…that He was a fake as well as crazy.

What was Jesus really like? And that is an important question for us, not because we might give in to the pressures of those that attack Him, but  because Matthew 11:25 says, “It is enough for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master.”

Well, this morning we are going take a look at what Jesus was like….we are going to take a look at the heart of our Savior….the heart of our teacher and master…so that we too might be like our teacher…so that we might learn more about Jesus.

Now we have already learned a lot from and about Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount…but here in chapter 8 Jesus leaves the hillside…and a huge crowd is following Him.

And when He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came to Him, and bowed down to Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and present the offering that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” 

Leprosy was a completely debilitating skin disease.

Here are some more people that followed Jesus, people that he began to interact with as he came down the hillside. Look starting in vs. 5:

And when He had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, entreating Him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering great pain.” 7 And He said to him, “I will come and heal him.”  8 But the centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Now vs.10:  Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled, and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.

And now vs. 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; let it be done to you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very hour.

Now think about this just a minute.

But this is the heart of the Savior, recognizing faith in the most unlikely of people.

Here is someone else that he interacted with. The sick people; VS. 14:

And when Jesus had come to Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and waited on Him. 16 And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill 17 in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.”

Luke’s account In Luke 4:40 says that Jesus laid his hand on “every one of them” to heal them.

Don’t you wish sometimes that Jesus was still here healing people the way he did 2000 years ago?

Then we read about His frightened disciples starting in verse 18:

Occasionally we see Jesus kind of frustrated with his disciples, disappointed that they don’t have the faith, that they don’t want to believe.

But sometimes His disciples don’t have it.

Now here’s what I think is really cool.

Then you come to the herd of pigs. There was 300 of them and here is the story.

28 And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs; they were so exceedingly violent that no one could pass by that road. 29 And behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now there was at a distance from them a herd of many swine feeding. 31 And the demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 32 And He said to them, “Begone!” And they came out, and went into the swine, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.

Are these the kind of people you want to be around?

You know I find myself asking the question, “Why is Jesus even there?”

I think it is interesting that if you pay attention to Jesus’s ministry you find that He very intentionally went into places like Samaria a place where the average Jew said these people are worse than animals.

To tell His disciples that this region is a target for his kingdom too. .

Then we come to the paralytic. Look at Matthew 9:1.

And getting into a boat, He crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 And behold, they were bringing to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed; and Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Take courage, My son, your sins are forgiven.”  3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.”

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, and walk’? 6 “But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– then He said to the paralytic– “Rise, take up your bed, and go home.”  7 And he rose, and went home. 8 But when the multitudes saw this, they were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

And now, Matt 9:9-13

9 And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he rose, and followed Him.

10 And it happened that as He was reclining at the table in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?”12 But when He heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.  13 “But go and learn what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice, ‘for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

What does Jesus mean when He says, “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice”?

But where is Jesus? Right smack dab in the middle of their living room eating whatever they eat.

So, this is what Jesus is really like:

In the last few weeks a man who  is a professed radical Muslim attacked Jesus. I wonder, if he compared his prophet to the real Christ, which would he rather have?