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Christianity 101: Accept Others      Luke 4:31-37, 5:12-16     
March 25, 2012


Introduction

       All of us tend to make differences in people because of attractiveness or some other qualities of their being.

Some of us are more accepted by others and it has an affect upon our self esteem. Could our acceptance or rejection cause another person to feel unwanted? The attitude of Jesus is taught in basic Christianity and can be called: Christianity 101:Accept Others.

 

1.   Accept Others Even if they seem . . Annoying. 4:31-35

      A.  Annoying People May be . . Demonic. 4:31-33

       31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbath.

       32 They were astonished at His teaching because His message had authority.

       33 In the synagogue there was a man with an unclean demonic spirit who cried out with a loud voice,

 

      B.  Annoying People May be . . Delivered. 4:34-35

      34 “Leave us alone! What do You have to do with us, Jesus—Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I

       know who You are—the Holy One of God!”  

       35 But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And throwing him down before them,

       the demon came out of him without hurting him at all.


              Suppose a person comes to your church who is very annoying. How do you get them to be lest

       annoying. Perhaps talking them aside and kindly giving them some attention will help. If they are demonic

       like the man in the text his condition needs to be addressed. I pastored a church where we had such a

       problem. As I past a room one night I heard some women praying and I peaked in they were pleased I did

       and told me about the woman who was causing concern for many of us. These ladies claimed the woman

       was demonic and told of evidences. I talked to the deacons and some of them were aware of the situation.

       We called the lady into talk with three of us and she gave further evidences of demon activity. I asked a

       pastor I knew who had much more experience than I did in this field and he came and talked with the

       woman. Basically she related she did not want any confession or freedom. So we need to be willing to try

       and help annoying people but they need to accept help.


 

2.   Accept Others Because they Deserve . . Acceptance. 4:36-37                    

       A.   Accept Others Because we have an . . Amazing Message. 4:36 

36 Amazement came over them all, and they kept saying to one another, “What is this message?

For He commands the unclean spirits with authority and power, and they come out!”

 

       B.   Accept Others Because we have an . . Authoritative Message. 4:37

37 And news about Him began to go out to every place in the vicinity.


              I don’t remember any occasion where Jesus commanded a demonic spirit to leave that it did not go.

       Today I don’t know of anyone who always succeeds in casting out a demon but it is not the fault of the

       message. Our message is both authoritative and amazing. Some people may be difficult to look at or touch

but if we put our attention on our message and what it can accomplish we will seek to help all people. I have thought about person not being attractive or annoying and wondered what the Lord might do for them.

One man likes people to hug him and counts the number of hugs he gets in day. Most of them come from Christian people.

 

 

 

3.   Accept Others Even if they are not . . Attractive. 5:12-16

       A.   Accept Others Because They . . Seek the Lords Help. 5:12-13

12 While He was in one of the towns, a man was there who had a serious skin disease all over him. He saw Jesus, fell

       13 Reaching out His hand, He touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean,” and immediately the

       disease left him.

 

       B.   Accept Others Because Their . . Sicknesses Need the Lords Help. 5:14-16 

       14 Then He ordered him to tell no one: “But go and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses

       prescribed for your cleansing as a testimony to them.”

15 But the news about Him spread even more, and large crowds would come together to hear Him and to be

       healed of their sicknesses.

       16 Yet He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.


              Many of us are not attractive to other people. Most of us have sensed some ones rejection due to our

       physical, spiritual or mental abilities. Many of us could sight a person going out of there way to help us

       and make us feel accepted. How many of us would be considered among the beautiful people of our world?

       Not many of us. But to the Lord and perhaps some Christian people we are accepted. I am glad that a

       principal of our faith could be called Christianity 101: Accept Others. Amen? Amen!