“The Mind of Christ”
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” Romans 10:12&13 This text makes it clear that the Lordship of Christ is the deciding factor in the unity of the Church. If Christ is Lord then we will be seeking unity. We must have the “mind of Christ”. Topically, this will be our focus in teaching for the next several weeks or months, however the Lord directs.
In the last several years I have taught repeatedly about the 3 fold invitation that Jesus gives to us in the Gospel accounts:
1. Come to Me – Jesus is our salvation.
2. Follow Me – we must become disciples just as the 12 had to become disciples.
3. Abide in Me – this is the invitation to the fullness of the Christian life, flowing from 1 & 2.
I have come to believe that to be effective in our ministry we need to add a 2A to this list.
2A. Learn from Me – careful study of Jesus life and ministry reveals to us the mind of Christ.
II. Matthew 8:1-17 Whom will you reach?
A. Matthew has recorded in chapters 5 – 7 the ethical manifesto of Christianity, as delivered by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount discourse. So let’s look, according to Matthew, how He started fulfilling His manifesto.
1. Jesus heals a leper – _________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Jesus shows precisely that His Kingdom is not of this world and that His testament is a new testament: Jesus touches this man. Leviticus 5:3 prohibits touching anything unclean. This action makes multiple emphatic statements:
Jesus is the Great Physician. Nothing is impossible with God. The Gospel of Jesus is good news to the least of these in the kingdom.
Healing this man represents that God’s grace is available to all.
2. Jesus heals the centurion’s servant – ___________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________ Jesus is living out His words in chapter 5:43-44, “You have heard it said that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” What a representation of God’s love in our broken world.
Love your enemies, never tire of doing good!
3. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law – ____________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________ The old adage is, ‘love begins at home.’ I might modify it in this context: Make sure your service for God includes your home.
Our conclusion, verses 16 & 17, shows that this healing ministry is available to all. I think we are talking about more than physical issues here. There is healing in being included and no longer feeling forgotten. (the leper). There is healing in kindness shown to those who have opposing opinions and practices (the centurion). There is healing when our family knows that they have a primary place in our heart, our mind, and our plans.
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