Amazing Stuff Jesus Did - Changing Lives

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn

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This sermon was preached by Andy Brownlee at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 9th December 2018.

SERIES

This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:

BIBLE VERSES

This sermon was based on Luke 18:35-19:10

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

35As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.”43And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Jesus and Zaccheaus

1He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  8And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

KEY POINTS

Do You Want to be Changed by Jesus?

  • Do you want to grow in your relationship to him? Do you want your faith to be strengthened? Do you want to become less Self-reliant, mistrusting, Critical, Cynical, Judgemental and Self-centred? Do you want to become more loving, trusting, generous, kind, patient, thankful?

  • If so know that he’s going to ask you to step out and take some risks. The blind man could’ve said ‘I’m ok Jesus, if you heal me my livelihood will be gone’. Zacchaeus could’ve said ‘I appreciate you want to come to my house but you’d be better to go to his instead.’

  • The blind man says I want to see, Zaccchaus welcomed him gladly. They wanted to be changed.

    Do you want to be changed by Jesus?

Being Changed by Jesus has a Cost

  • The Blind man knew that getting healed would mean he would lose his livelihood and his future would be uncertain. There was a cost. After Zacchaeus met Jesus he gave huge amounts of money back to the people he had taken it from. He probably also realised the way he did business in future was going to have to change.

  • For both these guys the cost of following Jesus was worth it. Sometimes as Christians we want Jesus to change us but only if it doesn’t cost much. We want Jesus to change us as long as it doesn’t affect our lifestyle

  • But being changed by Jesus doesn’t just have a cost for the one being changed it also has a cost for the one doing the changing. After Jesus decided to stay at Zacchaeus house the people were no longer angry at Zacchaeus anymore they were angry at Jesus. When Jesus decided to stay at Zacchaeus house he was doing something very profound. He was deliberately shifting the people’s anger away from Zacchaeus and onto himself.

    When Jesus died on the cross, God’s anger at our sin is shifted from us to Jesus.

    He took the punishment for the sins we have done so we don’t have to.

    He took the punishment for the sins we have done so we can be forgiven and begin a new life with God.

Being Changed by Jesus is an Ongoing Process

  • Being changed by Jesus is more like a Marathon than a Sprint!
  • The blind man and Zaccheaus had their lives dramatically changed when they met Jesus but that wouldn’t have been the end of the change. It would’ve started a lifelong process of change. You see being changed by Jesus is not just a one-time event, its ongoing.

  • There may be periods in your life where God changes a lot but also there are times when the change seems slower. That’s ok. We don’t grow to be like Jesus overnight. It’s a process. It’s a journey and the good news is that Jesus is in it for the long haul. Sometimes we want it to go faster but it takes time.

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