How Do You Approach Jesus?
August 16, 2020
How Do You Approach Jesus?
-We approach different things/people based upon what we about them.
-The way you approach Jesus shows exactly what you believe about Him!
-We see 6 different approaches to Jesus in this passage:
I. (40, 42b)
–And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.…But as He went the people thronged Him.
-There are lots of people who are interested in Jesus, but don’t want to get too close!
*Sad reality: Christianity has a lot of CURIOUS SPECTATORS, who merely observe Christ instead of actively follow Christ!
II. Begging (41-42a)
–And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.
-This man’s approach to Jesus included:
1. – a ruler of the synagogue (Orthodox Jewish leader)
-He came to realize that Jesus was much greater than the religious establishment!
-He trusted more in the power of Jesus than the pronouncement of the religious establishment!
2. Worship – he fell down at Jesus’ feet
-When we come to Jesus, we must realize that it is God that we are approaching and not some “Joe” on the street!
-This man approached Jesus with complete deference and devotion.
3. – besought Him greatly…I pray Thee
-Jairus was not ho-hum in his approach to Jesus. He passionately begged Jesus to heal his daughter.
-When a person truly recognizes his inadequacy before the Lord, but also recognizes the willingness of the Lord to reach down to help, the result is always going to be a passionate begging result like Jairus!
III. Reaching Out (43-48)
-This lady’s approach to Jesus was similar to Jairus’s in that she knew Jesus had the to her problem!
-There a beautiful illustration here of abandoning the world’s solutions to life and acknowledging the remedy found in Jesus Christ!
-The God Who SAVED you is the same God Who SUSTAINS you today!
-(v. 49) While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
-If you’re a normal human being, you’ve probably doubted at some point or another and been disappointed that God could not/would not do anything about it!
-Believe that God DOES work all things together for them that love Him…that God DOES have a plan for you and your situation–even if its not what you had in mind in your own ideas of what should happen.
V. Ridiculing (51-55)
-Because it takes faith to believe the truth of Jesus and many are not willing to to that faith, their response is often ridicule!
VI. Wonder (56)
-Her parents saw what Jesus did and were obviously !
–astonishment = a throwing of the mind out of it’s normal state
-Does the power of Jesus still blow your mind?
*Are you still amazed that God loves you enough to remove your sin debt by sacrificing His own Son on a sinner’s cross?
-How do you approach Jesus Christ? Are you:
1. Curious – not getting too close to Jesus?
2. Begging – to Jesus for mercy?
3. Do you need to Reach Out to Jesus for His solution today?
4. Do you need to of Doubt & Ridicule of Jesus today?
5. Maybe you need to simply get back to being amazed at Jesus!