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Episode 620 · 1 month ago

The Gospel of Luke #17

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Luke 4:31-44

Need him to direct us, and so let us pray to that end. And now again, are great and glorious God. You are higher than the heavens, higher than we can imagine, more glorious than we can take in. Lord, you deserve our honor, or worship, our praise. And Lord, we also want to hear your word, for you have given it to us and you have ordained ministers of the Gospel to proclaim your word to your people that they might be strengthened and edified. And so, Lord, as we come to your word this morning, I confess that I am not worthy or able to rightfully divide the word of truth on my own, but I need you to guide me and direct me as I deliver your word to your people. I pray, God, that you would indeed keep me from error and, Lord, help me to preach only your truth. And Lord, I pray God that you would be lifted up, that the Gospel would be lifted up, that Christ would be lifted up in the words that I speak this morning. Again, illuminate us. Lord, let your word be a lamp to our feet, light to our path. Let your word indeed direct us in all that we do. If we pray and ask these things in Christ name. Amen. We're looking at the gospel of Luke Chapter Four this morning and we'll be looking beginning with verse thirty one of that chapter, and we'll be going through Um so again, beginning with verse thirty one of Luke Chapter Four. Here, I remind you once more, is God's own word. And he went down to Capernaum, the city of Galilee, and he was teaching them in the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority and in a sin God, there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon and he cried out with a loud voice, ha, what have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the holy one of God. But Jesus rebuked him, saying being silent and come out of him. And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, what is this word? For? With authority and Power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out, and reports about him went out at every place in the surrounding region, and he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother in law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf, and he stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her and immediately she rose and began to serve them. Now, when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with the barious...

...diseases, brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And Demons also came out of many crying you are the son of God, but he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place, and the people sought him and came to him and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to other towns as well, for I was sent for this purpose, and he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea. Thus we are in the reading of God's word. Please be seated. So last week we looked at Jesus visit to his hometown, the synagogue and Nazareth, and we saw that that really didn't end very well. Uh. He was rejected by the people of Nazareth because they knew him growing up there, they knew his family and they did not believe that, therefore, he could be a prophet and they rejected him and even got so angry that they sought to kill him, but he was, of course delivered and was not killed. And so this morning we come to Jesus moving to Capernaum and we're gonna focus on the Authority of Christ, and I'll speak in a little bit to that word. But we will look in versus thirty one and thirty two at the authority of his teaching, and then we'll look at versus thirty three through thirty seven for the authority over demons, and then we'll look at versus thirty eight through forty four to see his authority over disease. So let's begin with versus thirty one to thirty two. We come to another Sabbath, but this sabbath now is in Capernaum, which appears to be beginning from the beginning here and going forward. The headquarters of the Ministry of Jesus. In Matthew Nine one matthew refers to Capernaum, not now Erith, but Capernam has Jesus own city, and since this was the city that Peter Lived, some speculate that Jesus actually lived with Peter in his household. But we don't know that. The name copernam basically means a city of Nahom, but whether that city had any correlation to the Old Testament Prophet by that name, we're not sure about that Um but that is the name. It's an important city. We know it's important because there is a centurion who was stationed there, Roman Centurion, which would mean he was a ruler over about a hundred men, and so that cluses in that the Romans considered it an important city. And later on Jesus will speak in the Gospel of Matthew of Copernam and he will say you are Exalted to Heaven, which indicates that indeed Capernam had a high reputation in those days. The reception, however, of Je us it's going to be much different in Capernaum than...

...it was in Nazareth, and almost to the opposite extreme. Now I'll point out to you once more luke gives no time markers. He doesn't use time words, so we don't know when things happen in correlation to others and all that. So we have that simple word that you note, that you can look down on you in your scripture and see how luke just continues to use the word and kind Greek, which is just basically a conjunction that doesn't say anything about time. And so luke doesn't do that, and so he is not trying to give us any indication of how the time in Capernam relates to the time in Nazareth, where it was before or after. None of that matters. And at Verse Thirty One it says he went down to Capernaum, and that is a literal down. Okay, when he says down, Nazareth is about twelve feet above sea level. You might know the city of two son is about twice uh that amount in its elevation, but Kapernaum is about seven hundred feet below sea level. So Jesus is going about nine hundred feet down when he goes from Nazareth down to Capernaum. And it is the sabbath, we are told. Again Luke actually where record for us five different miracles that Jesus does on the Sabbath. Remember, that's a bonus contention between Jesus and the Pharisees and the other leaders, because he is doing miracles on the Sabbath. And so luke will mention that. And so it says in our thirty two of the people at Capernaum are astonished at his teaching. Now that word astonished actually means to expel by a blow. It's a strong word uh in what it means, and so these people are absolutely amazed at his teaching. And I do like the E S V translation here better than the King James. The King James says his word was with power, and I'm sure it was, but the E S v Um says uh different, talks about authority. I told you I had come back to this Um, to this kind of concept of authority. Some of you maybe know that there are two main words in the Greek language that are used in the New Testament for power, and one is dunamous, and dunamous is where we get our word dynamite and Dynamo. Dunamous is a word that seems to UH conjure up ideas of power and strength. So dunamous is that? The other word is Excusia, and that word means more authority than power, and that is the word that is here. It is the word that's found in Matthew Eighteen, where the King James says all power is given to me, where the E S V again translates all authority is given to me. Now, why do I like the Word Authority? There's a reason here and it has to do with what I think is Luke's point in what he's telling us here, and it's an...

...important point, about the Ministry of our Lord and how he did it. When a rabbi would come to a town like this and teach, and these would be all different than our Lord. When they would come, the way a rabbi taught was by quoting other rabbis. That's what they would do. Their whole message would be just quotations from other rabbis. Rabbi a liaiser said in the Talmud nor have I ever in my life said a thing which I did not hear from my teacher. Never said anything that I didn't hear from my teacher. Another Rabbi Johanna and Bizaki, said he never in his life said anything which he had not heard from his teachers. So that's what the rabbis did. Now I use quotes in my messages, obviously, but I don't make the whole message quotes from other people. Uh. But Jesus was uh the exact opposite. He said he taught. He didn't quote anybody, he just he would say things like you have heard, it was said of them and old but I say unto you. Well, no rabbi would ever dare say anything like that. And he was speaking about life and death issues. He wasn't talking about how many angels can dance on the head of a pandre any of those kind of quarrels. That came up later on in the church. But but his teaching had eternal consequences, so mark puts it this way. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority and not ascribes. Kent Hughes, in his commentary tells a story about Harry ironside who for many, many years was the pastor of Moody Church. And UH, one Sunday after ironside has delivered his sermon, there was a visitor in the congregation that came up to him afterwards and said he he really enjoyed the service, but he said to uh, to to pastor ironsides. He said, uh, but you know you're not a very great preacher. and Uh ironside said. Well, he said, I know I'm not a very great preacher, but he said, I'm curious what makes you say that? And he said, well, I understood everything you said. So I guess that's how he well, I try to make my messages understood. Hopefully they are, and there might be some things that maybe some of you are but we even want the children to understand, of course. And UH. And so as we saw, we were seeing for those of you that are in the parable study in the fellowship group, that Jesus taught the crowds and parables, but here he's speaking very directly. Okay, this is the time when he's speaking directly to the crowds and we are uh, to teach that way. The pastors, Paul Tells, Timothy and second Timothy, for to preach the word, be ready in season out of season, reprove, rebuke and exhort with complete patience and teaching. You have to be ready. I remember years ago. I didn't have this in my nose, which just came to my mind, so I'm gonna say it anyway. But...

I was I was visiting a friend. This was back when, as any assembly of God church and I and we kind of surprised him and came to their church on Sunday night for the service and and he said to me, do you want to preach? I said why? I didn't come prepared to preach. I said I don't have any notes or anything, and and he's uh, he said. Oh, he said, well, I was just going to read some of these scriptures in the twenty translation Bible and maybe make some note comments on it. And I said, you know what, I'll preach. I decided I wanted something more than that. But but anyway, we need to be able to preach that. They thus say at the Lord. That's why we use his word. So we move on to our thirty three, where there's a man who's possessed of an unclean spirit or a demon, and he cries out Ha is, how our translation puts it. What have you to do with us, Jesus and Nazareth? Some translate that phrase. Don't meddle with me. The literal Greek, is what to us and you. That's literally, in other words, what do we have in common with each with each other? In other words, this has nothing to eat to do with you. You Go away, Jesus, you just you go your own way. And then they asked the question if you come to destroy us? And Uh, there's different ideas about that Um as to what he means, means by that. But I side with those that say, uh, is this the purpose? You've come into the world, to destroy us? And the answer is yes. First, John, three, eight, the reason the son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. And finally, he says, I know who you are, the holy one of God. And indeed the demons did know who he was and they knew what was the truth. When when heretics like Jehovah, Witness says, or reprobates or apostates come and try to tell us that Jesus was not God, they showed that they know less than the demons. The demons knew indeed he was God. And so Hendrickson said, as when radicals deny Christ's deity, they show less insight than the demons, for they are constantly acknowledging it. And so the demons called Christ, at various times in scripture, the holy one of God, the son of God, the son of the most high, and this saying of the of the demon, saying I know who are, the Holy One of God, Causes Christ to respond by saying be silent. The literal word here be muzzled. The word actually means it's non form of muzzle, and Jesus says be muzzled. It's that word in the scripture, as it says you shouldn't muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn. That's the exact word, uh, that we have here. So the question is, why does Jesus tell the demons to be silent? Why does why does he say that? And there are different ideas about this because, you see, of all the groups that surrounded Christ and had various ideas about who he was, the one group God it right, were...

...the demons. Uh. Now, Peter would confess later, of course, that Christ is the holy one of God, but but at this point the only people that are, only beans, I should say, that are saying that are the demons. They confess with the people of Nazareth. Wouldn't confess that. We saw last week. They're willing to say that. Um. And so why does he say be silent? Well, some say there's a messianic secret that he doesn't want that getting out right now because it could cause his death to come sooner than he knows the time is in regards to that, Um and others say he doesn't. He doesn't want, UH, who he is to be broadcast by a demon. Uh You know, if if there's someone you know that is known to be a very untrustworthy person, you probably don't want them telling other people what a Greek guy you are or what a great woman you are because, uh, you know, you go. Well, that's gonna make everybody think just the opposite. So you don't want certain people telling people who you are. Kelvin says he refused to have his heralds and witnesses of his divinity those whose praise could have no other effect than the soil and injure his character. Other people think that Christ was just saying be silent because the Demon was interrupting the synagogue teaching. We don't know. Well, the Gospel Writers don't tell us why. So that's all right, we can we can go without that. And remember there was a time in the book of acts when Paul and Silas are at Philippi and there's this servant girl who's got a demon and she's going around saying, you know about these men, are showing us their servants of the Most High God who were claimed to you. A way, by the way, she says, a way, not the way of salvation, but a way of salvation. And we're told, uh, in in very uh humorous fashion, that after a while Paul gets annoyed with her and turns around and cast out the demon. Why he didn't do it before, what, I don't know, but at some point he just said, like pop ie, take to all I can stand and I can stand no more. However that goes, but anyway, Um, and so the demon comes out of the man. Throwing them down. Luke mentioned throwing them down and doing no harm. This is again the physician. Uh Luke is talking about them, and so probably Luke had asked people who were there present at this time, because it's doubtful the luke was, and he said, Hey, when that demon came out, what what happened? That? was any harm done to the man when he fell to the ground? And the people was a Nope, nope. And of course when Christ does something he doesn't right and doesn't where there is no harm. And so Christ has conquered Satan and the wilderness, the temptations. So now he can take over his minions as well, into your authority. I uh memory I have my Bible College days was with a very proper English professor by the name of Professor Snow, who taught us theology, and I remember one time he was talking about the theology of the devil and uh, as he did, one of the students walked into the class a little eight and came and...

...sat down and remember Dr Snow saying speak of the devil and his IMPs to appear. So anyway, from the hierarchy we get from scripture it's clear, though, the devil is at the apex. He is the head of the Kingdom of evil and and Jesus has already conquered the Goliath. So of course these others have no ability to withstand him. And so later when Paul will speak of Christ's work on the crossing Collossians to fifteen, you'll say he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him. So earlier they were astonished or struck with his teaching. Now they are amazed or astounded in his power that even the demons are subject to him. And there says this word astonished means to render immovable, again a very strong word. So his fame goes all over the country where you are told, and who is doing this reading? All the people, not just the apostles. In fact, the apostles aren't really going places, they're staying with Christ. But it is a common people, that the lay people, that are going out and proclaiming the word about Christ. And again I say that's what the way it should be today. Paul says Philippians to fifteen, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish, in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation among whom you shine as lights in the world. Well, let's move to verses four. So we see that Jesus goes to Peter Maybe Andrew's houses. Well in Capernaum, and Simon's mother in law is ill with the fever. Note that mother in law. Okay, Um, we learned that the first pope was actually married okay. So because he had a mother in law and UH. Also, luke notes that it's not just a fever, but again, as a physician, this is a high fever or danger fever, and so all of the people are appealing to Jesus on her behalf. It appears that she's a well loved woman, like Dorcas and in acts. And so in verse thirty nine, Luke again gives us the doctor's view. The physician with normally treating the patient stand over the patient, as Jesus does to Peter's mother in law. And Jesus rebukes the fever same word we had earlier when he said to the demon be muzzled. It's the same word for muscle, and so he muzzles, uh, the fever at this point as well. G Campbell Morgan wonders whether Jesus said be muzzled to the fever as he did earlier to the demon. But the only other instance that we have in scripture of Jesus actually saying to be muzzled to an inanimate object is when he calms the Raging Sea. Again he uses that same term and uh, and that's in mark four, where he says be...

Zl to the sea. And so the healing which took place must have been very quickly is told to us in just a few words and so complete as the healing we're talking this morning. UH, some of us about covid and how the the fatigue that sometimes hangs on after you've got rid of most of the UM symptoms. But she gets up right away. High fever, she gets up and what does she do? She starts serving them. That's pretty interesting that that that she was able to do that. I remember another Bible College teacher of mindset that he thought that if Jesus was going to take Peter Away from his house for three years, it's a good idea to get the mother in Law on board. Um. So I don't know if that's true enough, but that's another thing. I remember humorous things from Bible College. I'm not sure if I remember serious things, but there must have been some things. But anyway, Calvin says about this. The synoptic gospels all recording this miracle. He says the evangelists appeared to have taken particular notice of this here called not that in itself it was more remarkable or more worthy of being recorded than other miracles, but because by means of it. Christ gave to his disciples a private and familiar illustration of His grace. That's an interesting take on that. It's a private illustration to the apostles of His grace. And so in verse forty, apparently the news from the healing of the mother in law and the casting out of the demon has reached everyone in the city, so that all of them, whoever had any kind of illness or sickness or deformity, came out at sunset. Mark describes it as the whole town. You might say, well, why did they wait till sunset? Well, remember, it's the Sabbath, and so they wouldn't travel until sunset and then they would come out when the Sabbath was over. And here we have what appears to be rare in the Ministry of Jesus, at least from what we were told by the Gospel Writers. And that is what we have, a wholesale healing that Jesus said, everyone that comes, everyone is healed. Um that that's pretty amazing. I don't see faith healers today doing that at all, healing everybody that that comes to them. Do you ever wonder why faith healers don't? You just go to hospitals, you know, and just heal people there. If what they have is real, why don't they just do that? But for some reason, uh, they don't do that. But not only those who have diseases, but those who are possessed of demons are delivered and like the previous demon, they are also crying out you are the son of God. And again we're told that Jesus doesn't allow them to speak. And in verse forty two of the beginning of the next day, Jesus departs to a desolate place. Um Luke doesn't tell us why, but mark does. Mark tells us that he goes out when it is yet dark and he actually goes out so that he could pray. But has he is praying, the people come out and interrupt him and start praying that he would not...

...leave them. They wanted him to stay in Copernaum. Then I don't want him to go anywhere. But Jesus says that he has a mission to preach the Kingdom of God in other places as well, and this is the first time to phrase Kingdom of God appears in Luke. It's a very common phrase in the Gospels. Matthew usually uses the more euphemistic Kingdom of Heaven, because he's writing to the Jews who had a sensitivity to the name of God being used. Um. But it is the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God. Yet they are both very um common phrases in the Gospel. So copernam is doing the opposite of what Nazareth did. Nazrath said, let's get him out of here, if we have to kill him, let's get him out of here, and Copernaum is like no, no, no, don't, don't leave. Stay with US forever, do you know? Be Here, be our resident healer and be all this. Well, both are wrong, both of those reactions. Now, probably the Nazareth reaction is worse, but they're both wrong because nobody has authority over Jesus. Nobody you can tell Jesus where he can go, not even his disciples, and they're wondering what in the world is he going to a Marria for? We don't have any dealings with Samaritans. But nobody has the right to tell Jesus what to do and where he can go. He has to go where his father directs and so he can't even follow his own disciples. So he goes to all the various synagogues of Judea. Well, let's make some application from the Texas morning. I'm gonna just deal with something and when I'm done here, I feel free to go to your pastor and get correction because because I'm gonna freely, I'm gonna tell you stuff I'm not I'm not an expert on this, so okay, but but it's in the text I want to at least deal with it. The question that has often asked about this text and others like it is, are there still demons today and, if so, do we need those who can cast them out? Now, as I said, I'm not the expert on this and I don't think Sunday morning is the best way to give a theological treatise on some thing like this, but I do want to provoke our thinking just a little bit. It does appear that demonic possession was something very common in the days of Christ and in the Ministry of Jesus we see it often. Some think that because this was a time when Christ was manifested, so God was manifested on the Earth in a unique way, that it also provoked the demons and Satan's kingdom to also become more manifest at that time. It does appear also that the UH there are demonic episodes in the book of acts where the apostles also reached these but it might be it seems perhaps less prevalent in regards to that. Some would say that this still exists today, but because of the limited number of demons and the expanded population that are in existence today, that they're still there, but we don't run into it quite so often now. Um Not. It's kind of interesting because we run...

...into Um, characteristics that we would consider to be natural, Um kind of diseases that are said to be caused by a demon. and Um, we have things like not being able to speak or mutinous. We have deafness ascribed to a demon, seizures ascribed to a demon, insanity described to a demon, deformity described to a demon in the Gospel accounts. Now, please hear me very carefully. One thing I want to make a couple of things really clear in this, because I'm gonna Muddle the other things. But these things you need to be clear on, and that is not everybody who has those conditions has a demon. Okay, if we, I don't know who does or if they do. But but you can't say what. That person has. Has Deafness, so they must have a demon, because the guy in the gospels had a demon. No, we can't. We cannot do that at all. We cannot say that, and so we we want to be careful on that. And again, not even all those who had those conditions, even though at times it is ascribed to demonic, other times it is not ascribed to that. So we have to look at that scripturally. And the second thing I want to make absolutely clear to you is I firmly believe, and the Bible teaches, no Christian can have a demon, no Christian can be possessed. The Holy Spirit and an evil spirit cannot dwell together in one now I used to believe them. I used to believe that Christians could be demon possessed, and so I believe that I had a demon. Um, and so I went to a guy who was known to be able to cast demons out of Christians, and so I went to him and Um, he uh, he cast this demon out of me, I guess, Um, and for three days I had like a euphoric experience after he cast this demon onto me. But then things change back to normal. Now you might think, well, yeah, pastor, because you left your house empty, swept and Garnage, so the demon came back because you hadn't put anything in there. Well, Um, but there is no example in the Bible anywhere, no teaching anywhere that would ever lead to the idea that the true believer could ever have a spirit, not a demon. That could not happen. Now it's certainly not inspired scripture, but Martin Luther's great him says, the Prince of darkness. Grim we tremble not for him his rage. We can endure for low his doom is sure. One little word will fail him. Well, the question is, if indeed there are still demons around, do we need people in the church that can cast them out? John MacArthur says after Jesus and the apostles passed from the scene, the only way to be delivered from demons is through saving faith in Jesus Christ. Now, Reverend MacArthur has been very good about highlight in the excesses of the charismatic movement, but...

I don't know that I agree that he has scripture, uh, to back up what he says there. And I'll just say in my own life there's been a couple of instances where I have met things that are very, very suspiciously like things I read in the Bible and I had my very great questions about what was going on there. And I don't know, I don't know. So what am I telling you that I believe? I guess. I'm telling you I don't know. Um, I'm not sure. It's it's something that in fact, my my son was preaching his PC church here a few weeks ago and and he called me to ask me what I thought and I said I don't even know. Um, I don't know what to say. I'm not sure. It's a difficult question. But so I say you have your pastor here and you can always ask him after sabbatical was over. Um. But we want to know it here also as well, that what Jesus does, what he teaches, the Kingdom of God. And what is the Kingdom of God? There's there's different you can run into all kinds of different definitions of the Kingdom of God, but I think the simplest and best definition of the Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God in the hearts of God's people. That is the Kingdom of God, and of course it can mean the church, you can mean the kingdom we're praying for in the Lord's prayer. But the important point is, is the Kingdom of God ruling in us? Is it reigning in us? Is Jesus reigning in our life? That's the important question about the Kingdom of God. Is He for sure? Can you say yes, I have made him the savior and the Lord of my life. He has changed my life, he has come into me and the Kingdom of God has established in me and he is my Lord and my God. That is what's important. Even the demons confess he is the holy one of God. So don't let the demons make a confession that you won't make, but make that this morning, that Jesus is indeed the Lord of our lives. And then we learned, as I said, that had authority over everything that he came in contact with in his life. He had authority and his preaching, Authority over demons, authority over sickness, and this was true not only then when he was on the earth, but it remains to our day. He still has authority over everything. There is nothing in our lives we encounter that Jesus doesn't have authority over we saw earlier. He had authority over temptation, he has authority over demons, he has authority over sickness, he has authority over sin, he has authority over death. And First Corinthian Paul says the last enemy to be destroyed is death. Have you ever thought about in our Lord's ministry, he as far as we're told by the Gospel Writers, he encountered three people that were dead and they were all in various stages of death. Right in uh he went into the home of Gyrus, the ruler of the synagogue, and he encountered his twelve year old...

...daughter who had recently, just within probably minutes or hours, had just died. and Jesus, and some of the most wonderful words uh that he ever uttered, raises her from the dead as well. Then, secondly, he comes to a widow of Nane. Now this a son of hers, has been dead for a while because they're having the funeral procession and however long that took. But Jesus now encounters this one who is a little further along in the death process. And Uh, he encounters that and has authority over death. And then the KUDATA. He comes to Lazarus, who has been dead four days and they don't even want to open the grave because they're afraid of the smell and the stench would be there. But four days he has been there in the grip of death, and Jesus, in three words, says Lazarus comes forth, come forth, and he comes out wrapped in his grave clothes. Now, why do you think the Gospel Writers Record this for us? I think there's, of course, various reasons, but one that I'd say is the one enemy that probably all of us, at some time or another, have feared is death. It is something that we wonder about and we have questions about. It is the last enemy that we're going to face. The writer to the Hebrew says in Hebrews too, since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who is the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who, who, fear of death, were subject to lifetime slavery. In our life we encounter weakness, we encounter temptation, we encounter sickness, and our Lord shows us he has authority over all of that, and I'm not saying that means you're always going to be healed of his sickness. That's still in his providence and his will as to what he does. But there's still looms out there. Are Mortal enemy, the last enemy, and that is death. But we need to understand our Lord has authority over death as well every enemy we face in this life. Our Savior has authority over and we don't face the enemies alone, but he is with us. And so Paul and that triumphant scripture at the end of Romans Chapter Eight says. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors. Through Him we loved us, for I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation we'll be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ, Jesus, Our Lord. I don't know what you're facing...

...this morning. Some of you are maybe facing great temptation for something, some of you may be facing a weakness, some of you may be facing a sickness. I don't know, but I want to assure you, whatever it is, Jesus has authority over and however it ends, it ends because he has deemed it to end that way. But let us put our faith, in our trust into one who has all authority in Heaven and earth. Let's pray. Lord, we thank you for your word. Thank you, God, that you do have authority and Lord, that when we, Lord, are regenerated by your spirit and when we come to the place, that we indeed pray that prayer that asked you to be the Lord over our life, the Lord indeed you come, it's the triumphant king who rules and reigns over everything. And Lord, that we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. And Lord, that you are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that is at work in us. And so, Lord, we thank you for the Authority you have shown on earth and the authority that you still continue to wield at the right hand of the father. And we praise you, God, that the things we face we don't face alone, but you are there with us, and we give you praise in Christ name. Amen. Can.

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