HS WEEK #12: Restoration, then Direction

High School Director Sean Duncan teaches on Mark 1:40-45. Sean shared how God redirects our life after He redeems us, not before. And because God restore us because of who He is and not who we are we can all have confidence that even in our failure God still loves us and is with us. There is no sin to small Jesus doesn’t have to pay for it, and there is no sin too big Jesus can’t forgive it.

Mark 1:40-45

40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

______________________________________________________________________________

 

  • If you have ever felt ashamed, unwanted, unloved, unwelcome, outcast, undeserving, broken, depressed, or unclean at any point in your life than you can relate to the leper, because the leper is likely feeling all of this at once.
  • According to Leviticus 13:45-46 A leper is to wear torn clothes, let the hair of his head hang loose, cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ and he will be unclean as long as he has the disease. He will live alone and live outside the camp.

40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”

  • The leper is unclean, and seemingly doesn’t even come to Jesus properly. But the leper comes so humbly, kneeling down saying “If you will, you can make me clean.” We are always quick to see God’s power, but slow to see God’s sovereignty. I know that if this were me I’d be begging “Jesus please heal me, you healed others! Heal me too!” But the leper says, “If you will”. It is completely up to God who He heals. The leper wants physical healing to becoming clean so that he will be deemed as clean before the priest and community.
  • Jesus did not come just to heal the lepers sickness. Jesus’ primary concern isn’t that your community sees you as clean, its that God the Father sees you as clean.
  • Jesus came to make you clean before the father, to justify you. Jesus lived a perfect and righteous life, a clean life, so that when you place your faith in Him, you receive His image of cleanliness.
  1. Our appearance does not qualify us for the Kingdom of God
  • the leper did not have to look a certain way before going to Jesus. The leper came as He was. But as we will see, God invites us to come as we are, but not stay as we are.

41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

  1. God restores us because of who He is, not who we are
  • Jesus looks at the leper and sees the brokenness of the world caused by sin. People suffer, people are sick, broken, ashamed, unwanted, unloved, unwelcome, outcast, all because of the destruction sin in human hearts has cause. And seeing the corruption of Gods creation Jesus is moved with pity, or compassion. If you’ve ever seen someone mistreated, maybe bullied at school, or a viral video of injustice you know the feeling of seeing it and thinking “thats not right”.
  • God saw the injustice that sin has caused and moved with pity He entered into human history not just to bring physical healing, but spiritual healing as well.

he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

  • notice that Jesus heals this man simply by saying ‘be clean’. There is immense power in the word of God. And if there is power in the Word of God, which there is, then we should be spending time in it.
  • It’s better to leave the house with messy hair than a messy heart
  • so if there is immense power in the word of God, why doesn’t Jesus just heal him from afar? Yell out to the leper “your clean!” Jesus knows the needs of this man, all the needs of this man. Jesus knows this man is likely feeling ashamed, unwanted, unloved, outcast, depressed, and yes, unclean.
  • This man has likely lived alone, outside of the community for years now. not experiencing human interaction and especially not touch.
  • The emotional boost that comes from a simple touch is unbelievable, when someone is sad to put a hand on their shoulder and say “is everything okay” or the love you feel when you are hugged or the encouragement we feel from a high five.
  • As humans we naturally communicate through these small instances of physical contact and if you don’t believe me, try going a day without touching anyone. its really really hard.
  • Jesus touching this man, while he is an unclean leper is a huge statement of love and compassion.

43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

  • Jesus says “Be clean” and the man was made clean. And made clean, Jesus here is almost saying ‘be clean’ again. By obeying the Torah the man would be living rightly, living a clean life.
  1. God redirects our life after He redeems our Life, not before
  • This passage doesn’t say, ‘Jesus sternly charged him to do obey the ten commandments, repent, and offer a sacrifice and then said “if you do this, then I will cleanse you”’ and yet, often this is how we approach God, either with ourselves, or introducing others to him. We think we need to pray a certain way, stop sinning before we can ask God for something, or do something for God before He forgives us.
  • Remember, God invites us to come as we are, but not stay as we are
  • okay, so lets talk about what Jesus says to the leper.

“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

  • This isn’t the first time we see Jesus say be quiet in the Gospel of Mark, and it wont be the last. but why does he keep saying that? Theres probably a lot of reasons but heres two big ones
  1. Jesus does not want to be known by things He does, He wants to be known for who he is
    • Jesus doesn’t want to be known as.
      • ‘Jesus the healer’
      • ‘Jesus the teacher’
      • ‘Jesus the prophet’
      • ‘Jesus the priest’
      • ‘Jesus the sage’
      • ‘Jesus the peace maker’
      • ‘Jesus the crazy guy’ – ya, we will even see that in this book.
  • Jesus wants to be known for who He is. Jesus Messiah, the Son of God

2. The second reason for all the secrecy as R.T. France puts it from what we see in v45, ‘publicity of this sort resulted in excessive, and probably misdirected, popular enthusiasm which was a serious hindrance to Jesus’ mission.

  • So Jesus wants to be known for who He is, the Messiah Son of God, and doesn’t want His ministry to be hindered. So why does he then say what he does?

“go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

  • All the regulations that a leper would have to do to re-enter society and be deemed as clean by the priest can be found in Leviticus 14. its lengthy so I’ll let you read it on your own.
  • Jesus is not against the Law, in fact, He came to fulfill it. (Matthew 5:17) And this is all in the lepers best interest, because it would re-instate him into society as an active participant.
  • Jesus doesn’t just want to mend our broken relationship with God the Father, but He also wants to mend our relationships with each other.

 

45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

And because of his disobedience His leprosy returned. 

  • no thats not what it says. Our cleanliness, our righteousness comes from God in Christ. Yes, God wants us to be obedient to Him, but when we aren’t, when we fail, theres grace for that. God picks us up, dusts us off, and says ‘lets keep going’.

4. Our disobedience does not disqualify us from the Kingdom of God

  • Listen….if your sitting in your sin thinking God can’t love you anymore, or God doesn’t want you anymore, you are wrong
  • There is no sin to small Jesus doesn’t have to pay for it, and there is no sin too big Jesus can’t forgive it.
  • Jesus knew what He was getting with the this man when He healed him. God knows what He’s getting with you when He heals you.
  • God knows you’re going to mess up. and He is going to be right there with you to pick you back up and keep you going, becoming more obedient, and more like Christ over time.
  • God makes you immediately clean by saying ‘be clean’. But God also wants you to ‘be clean’
  • Here is something that happens to this man that should happen to each and every one of us. He experiences Jesus and cant help but talk about Him. Jesus healed this man, and the man is rejoicing telling everyone about Jesus who healed him.
  • Most of you would say you’ve not only experienced Jesus, but have excepted Him as your Lord and Savior. Are you talking about the Jesus that healed you?
  • Acts 1:8 –  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
  • Witness is something we are, not something we do
  • This man, healed from leperosy is not witnessing to people, he is a witness to the glorious power of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
  • If you have placed your faith in Jesus than you too are a witness. During Christmas break you have 21 days with holidays, time with family, and friends, to exercise the fact that you are a witness.
  • Talk about the glorious power and healing you’ve experienced from Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Share the Gospel with your family, share how Jesus has transformed your life.
  1. Our appearance does not qualify us for the Kingdom of God
  2. God restores us because of who He is, not who we are
  3. God redirects our life after He redeems our Life, not before
  4. Our disobedience does not disqualify us from the Kingdom of God

he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

  • Jesus cleansed the leper by stretching out his hand and speaking, and he cleanses you and I the same way, through his outstretched hands on the cross and speaking “it is finished”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s