Extreme Faith (5 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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Extreme Faith (5 of 5)
Series: Real Life With Jesus
Jeff Strite
Mark 2:1-12

Alan Calhoun, Bristol, Connecticut told of a tag sale (garage sale) he and wife had a year or so ago. They had decided to put out a mirror they’d received as a wedding gift. The reason they were selling it was that it had a gaudy aqua-colored metal frame and they just couldn’t find a room in their house where it looked good.
Shortly after the tag sale began, a man (who was looking to decorate his apartment) bought the mirror for one dollar. He was all excited, and he said as he bought it: “This is a great deal - it still has the plastic on it.” Then he peeled off the aqua-colored protective covering… to reveal a beautiful gold finished frame underneath.

Lots of people go to garage sales looking for bargains just like that. Some people have a saying about garage sales: "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure," but once in a while, someone stumbles upon a treasure that the owner doesn’t know the value of.

I. Jesus had been preaching Galilee for nearly a year now. The common people have received him gladly. Already He has healed a leper, a paralytic and dozens of other people. He has even cast out demons and raised a widow’s son from the dead – and all this has taken place before the event we see recorded here in Luke 7:36ff.
But the Pharisees had already begun to grow cold to Jesus’ influence. He didn’t pander to their crowd, and occasionally He said things that ruffled their feathers and challenged their man made rules.
They don’t like Him, but they’re not sure how to handle Him. Do they quietly ignore Him. Do they publicly oppose Him. Or do they attempt to entrap Him? Or is there another way to destroy Him? Simon the Pharisee believes he’s found that other way, a way he believes will humiliate this new teacher and render His influence useless.

II. Simon invites Jesus to a meal – then snubs Him.
Good manners in that day required the host to have his servant wash the ...


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