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"De-Sanitized" Apostling

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom and showing Christ's compassion in the real, "un-sanitized" world.

Text: Luke 9:10-11
Date: 01/01/2023, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 89

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The world Jesus lived and ministered in was a world of intensive and extensive human suffering-- both physically and spiritually. Those who came to Jesus for healing were beset by horrible diseases, deformities and disabilities. Likewise, because of the critical time in Redemptive History, demonic activity was at an all-time high. Too often, when we consider the healing ministry of Christ, we tend to "sanitize" the work that He did and shorten the long hours He spent compassionately tending to their pressing needs. As a result, we tend to forget that physical suffering is just as prevalent in many places in the world today, and all the unbelieving world still suffers from the same spiritual oppression. So Christ is our model-- however impossible to attain. The need has not diminished and the church's calling is still to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom and respond with compassion and empathy to the physical suffering of a world trapped in darkness. As we set our course for the coming year, let us strengthen our resolve to continue in Christ's footsteps and proceed full-speed towards a "de-sanitized" apostling!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 9:10-11.
A. Context
B. The "un-sanitized" ministry of Jesus.
1. The return of the apostles, vs. 10a, Luke 9:6.
a. A "merry gathering".
b. Looking at the words.
i. The return of the "sent ones".
ii. Reporting back, Luke 8:39.
iii. The ongoing model for the church, Acts 14:27.
2. The plan for a respite, vs. 10b.
a. The reason for the respite.
i. A break for the apostles, Mark 6:31.
ii. A break for Jesus, Matt. 14:12-13.
b. The destination.
i. The home of some of the apostles, John 1:44.
ii. Beyond the reach of Antipas.
iii. A town of unbelievers, Matt. 11:21-24.
3. The crowd follows Jesus, vs. 11a.
a. Revisiting the storyline, Mark 6:32.
b. The crowd follows, Mark 6:33, John 6:2.
c. The nature of the crowd.
i. People from Capernaum and Bethsaida, Matt. 7:28-29.
ii. People on their way to Jerusalem, John 6:4, Mark 6:34.
4. Jesus receives the crowds, vs. 11b.
5. The continued model of "apostling", vs. 11c, Mark 6:34.
a. Sharing the Good News of the Kingdom.
b. Healing the sick.
III. Application
A. The reality of human suffering.
1. The intensity of physical suffering.
2. De-sanitizing the suffering Jesus dealt with.
3. De-sanitizing spiritual suffering.
B. Where do we fit in?
IV. Conclusion

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