Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
April 15, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<336> Thesis: Teaching is, eventually, going to be the "make it or break it" issue of eternal life for every human being in all of history. Introduction: As we return to our studies in Luke this morning, we are brought, by the flow of Luke's record, to a story that is amazing on multiple counts. That story is recorded in Luke 5:17-26. Just a cursory reading of those verses has the ability to amaze us. First, we are told that Jesus was teaching in a house which was large enough to hold a rather significant number of people. This is important because the record is of some men who tore up the roof of the house to make a hole big enough to lower a man on a "bed" down to Jesus. The house had to have been the home of someone relatively wealthy to be so large and to tear up the roof is no small matter. Second, we are told that every village of Galilee and Judea had a doctrinal representative present. This is phenomenal. It is also important because this means that the entire nation of Israel is now aware of the phenomenon of Jesus of Nazareth, the "greater than Moses" Who has come upon the scene. Third we are told that Jesus decided to deliberately make the issue of "forgiveness of sins" the issue for the "theology" of Israel. This also is important because there is no matter of greater importance for humanity than the matter of whether one is forgiven or not. And, fourth, we are told that Jesus rested the issue of whether He was teaching the truth, or not, upon a further demonstration of power. Thus, we have a remarkable record before us. In the weeks to come, God willing, we are going to look into this account so that we may grow in our understanding of the Truth. This morning, however, we are going to zero in on Luke's introduction to the event. We are going to see that Jesus deliberately compelled the nation's leaders to face His claim to be God's Kinsman/Redeemer. And we are going to see what that must mean for us.