by Jeff Strite

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Whose Image? Whose Treasure? (2 of 5)
Series: Learning From Jesus
Jeff Strite
Luke 22:39-54

OPEN: Before the Civil War, about 15% of the US money in circulation was fake. At that time there were approximately 10,000 different currencies. One expert said "People had a hard enough time remembering what the different currencies were supposed to look like, let alone recognizing counterfeits." (Stephen Mihm, professor at U. of Georgia and author of "A Nation of Counterfeiters.")

Today only a tiny fraction of our currency is counterfeit, but our Government is constantly trying to stop criminals from passing off phony money. For example, about 6 yrs. ago the U.S Treasury department redesigned the $5 bill because counterfeiters loved the $5 bill. They could bleach it and then reprint it as a $100 bill because apparently it shared the same security marks as $100 bills. (Caitlin Carpenter, The Weekend Times10/07)

APPLY: So, how did the Treasury change their design of the $5 bill? They did that (among other things) by changing the IMAGES on the bills. Things like watermarks, micro-printing and changing Lincoln's image on the front to be larger. It's those IMAGES on our bills that guarantees that your money is legitimate.

Now we'll get back to that in a minute but right now, let's explore our text for this morning.

Jesus has been preaching, teaching and healing for about 3 years now. Large crowds have gathered to listen to Him and there was beginning to be talk about making Him the new king of Israel.
• He could inspire huge crowds with His words.
• He could feed thousands with very little food.
• He could heal the sick, the lame and the insane.
• And He had the power to even raise people from the dead.
If Jesus were their King, there'd be no power on earth that could stand against Israel. Not even the hated Romans could hold them back. Israel would once again become a great nation.

But there was a problem: the job of King was already taken. Judea al ...

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