That You May Know Week 2
Thoughts for Reflection from Luke 5:1-32
1. One of the major differences between Jesus and the Rabbis of Jesus day was the kind of people Jesus helped and discipled.
2. Jesus communicates in a concise statement His purpose in Luke 5:31. And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
4. Peter had an amazing awareness, a correct estimation of who he was and who Christ was.
5. This nature of undeserved love permanently changed the course of Peter’s life.
6. Jesus was making the offer of a lifetime and Peter, seized the opportunity to follow the King of Kings.
7. Remember Jesus’ purpose: “I have come to call sinners…”
Luke 5:12b And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
9. The Leper struggles to believe that Jesus would want to help him… remember he asked, “will you.”
10. Luke 5:13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him..”
11. The Leper was astonished by Jesus’ demonstration of compassion.
12. Remember, Jesus’ purpose statement: “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I came to call sinners…”
13. Luke 5:27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.”
14. The miracle here is simply that Jesus would love this man and want him to be in a relationship with him—and this changed his life dramatically.
15. The religious leaders were horrified that Jesus would accept such people
That you may know … No matter how sinful and broken you are, Jesus loves you and is able to transform your life.
That you may know … To experience Jesus’ life-transforming forgiveness and love is to humbly admit to him that you need it.
That you may know … Following Jesus always involves reaching out to people who need him.
19. The moment you meet Jesus, he immediately gives you the privilege to do the most important thing anyone can do—tell others about his love.