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Restoration for You (Mark 3:1-6)Gary McManus, March 22, 2015
Part of the Jesus Came to Restore series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Bible = God’s instruction book. . .
but much more.
The Bible = God’s agenda book. . .
The Bible tells us what God is doing.
God intends to SAVE this world.
(1 Timothy 2:4) God intends RESTORATION.
(Acts 3:18-21, 1 Peter 5:10, Mark 3:5, Galatians 6:1).
Jesus restored the man’s hand.
Jesus went to worship.
Ask, seek, knock. . .
Last week, Kohn 5, the man Jesus healed
Jesus later found in worship at the Temple!
In today’s Bible verse, Jesus found a man
in worship and healed him.
This is, however, the FIFTH conflict
that Jesus had with Jewish authorities:
--forgiving sins (Mark 2:1-12)
--calling a tax collector as a disciple (Mark 2:13-17)
--questions on fasting (Mark 2:18-22)
--working on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28)
--here, healing on the Sabbath
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus IS the authority
The man was in worship but could not have
expected to be healed there.
The man didn’t go to worship in order to
be healed. But he WAS healed.
This man WAS healed that day
when JESUS walked into the synagogue.
His hand was restored. (Another
restoration in ch 8, vs 25)
”We are either in the process of resisting God’s
truth or in the proecess of being shaped and
molded by His truth.” -- Pastor Charles Stanley
.”I am making all things new.”
Our God is the God of the surprise ending.
WE don’t decide the ending—God
in Christ decides the ending.
WE are either MOVING with what God is doing
or we are resisting what God is doing. (John 5:17)
“God is ready and eager to heal you and restore you.”
Jesus in Luke 3 quoting Isaiah 61. . .
Our God in Christ isn’t just TALKING about restoration,
our God in Christ is WORKING restoration.
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3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. (ESV)