"Jesus' Power Over Sin"

JESUS’ POWER OVER SIN

Sunday (5/28), gather with your church family as we continue our series in the gospel according to Matthew (9:1-8). It is the first of four gospels that chronicle the birth, life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus had commanded the twelve disciples to get into the boat to cross the Sea of Galilee to proceed to the other side of the lake. During the journey, a storm suddenly arose and had the potential of swamping the boat and killing all those on board. The panicked disciples quickly awoke Jesus from His nap and called upon Him to save them. He arose, spoke to the storm, and demonstrated His incredible power causing the rain, wind, and waves to cease.

When the boat arrived safely, Jesus and the disciples were met by two demon-possessed men who had been terrorizing the citizens of that region. Again, Jesus demonstrated His tremendous power, this time over the supernatural, by evicting the demons (numbered in the thousands according to Luke 8:30), allowing them to possess a nearby herd of pigs who swiftly ran themselves off the cliff. Thus, ending the demons’ reign of torment.

After the display of Jesus’ power over storms and the supernatural, He had the disciples get back into the boat and return to Capernaum. After landing, Jesus headed to Peter’s house to preach the word to those gathered to hear Him. People from all over the region and Jerusalem came to see what miracle He may perform next. The crowd was so thick that a group of men who had brought their paralytic friend had to climb up on the roof to let him down.

Jesus stopped preaching to minister to the man lowered in front of Him. Instead of laying hands on or speaking healing to the paralytic, Jesus shocked everyone by stating that the man could be cheerful for his sins had been forgiven. In one moment, Jesus demonstrated again the tremendous power and authority He had over everything in heaven and earth, including sin’s death and the destruction it held over mankind.

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website: calvaryinv.com

In His Strong Love,
Pastor

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