Does Jesus Care?
Acts 9:4, Luke 10:41, Luke 22:31, Matthew 23:37, Matthew 27:46
"Saul, Saul," "Martha, Martha," "Simon, Simon", "O Jerusalem, O Jerusalem", "My God, My God"
When the Jews repeated something it indicated intensity. All of my texts today are saturated with the intensity of caring.
Would it surprise you for me to say that Jesus cares for you? He is not just concerned with the big things in the universe like galaxies, constellations, laws of nature, and awesomeness of space. He cares for you.
David said, "What is man that thou art mindful of him or the Son of Man that thou doeth visit him." "Mindful" indicates God has us under the microscope. He "visits us" indicates God, like a caring physician, makes house calls. He is concerned with the macroscopic and the microscopic. Praise God, "We have a High Priest who can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities."
One day he was in a BIG crowd where the people were thronging him and he asked, "Who touched me?" Everybody in a sense was touching him. But he felt the tender touch of a very sick woman.
All of these texts have something in common. They all repeat a name twice, and each expression indicates a concern of Christ for some area of our living.
Our text will answer this question for us, "Does Jesus care?"
1. HE CARED FOR SAUL.
"Saul, Saul." Saul was working his way up the Jewish hierarchy. He was so zealous of his faith that he persecuted Christians. He was dedicated to the elimination of this new sect that called themselves People of the way. He was a Pharisee of the Pharisees and did not appreciate the spread of a religion that claimed to have its roots in Judaism.
But as the late, great, Roy Acuff would sing, "He saw the light." In Acts 9:3 he got saved and three days later he was baptized.
1 Corinthians 15:8 says, "And last of all he was seen of me also as one born in due time." He was born again. He did not deserve it and he knew ...
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