Jesus Goes On Vacation…
Here is a two day stretch for Jesus:
- He finds out John the Baptist is beheaded
- He withdraws to a quiet place to have over 5000 men follow him (He fed them)
- After sending the crowd home he walks on the water to catch up with the 12
- Upon landing on the other side at Gennesaret he healed a ton of folks (All who touched his cloak)
- Immediately following this the Pharisees and Scribes challenge Jesus with a question about the Law
- So, Then Jesus gathers his disciples and they leave Israel and go north to Syria.
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was not sent but to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Jesus is not there to do ministry:
- Possibly to rest
- Possibly to teach the disciples
HER FAITH MOVES HIM TO HEAL HER.
HERE IS SOMETHING I HAD TO TELL MYSELF
- I am not a foreigner to God
- I am a citizen of heaven
- I am part of God’s household
Ephesians 2: 19
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household
29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
GOD IS MOVING BIG AROUND THE WORLD
If revival keeps up it is predicted that half of the Brazilian 209 Million people will be Christian by 2020.
China’s Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline.
By 2030, China’s total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world, he predicted.
China House Churches are trying to send 100,000 missionaries through the Muslim world and to Israel. In the 1970’s estimated 2.7 million believers in China. Today the most conservative estimate is 75 million (5% of Population) The amount of Christians in China would amass to the 15th largest country in the world.
In the last ten years the Christian percentage has grown from 2% in 2001 to 9% today. It is estimated there are 70 million Christians making it th3 8th largest Christian population in the world
Christian movement growing 20% a year in Iran (Conservative 400,000 converts a year for the last four years) One Iranian Christian leader says that “Everyone we share the gospel with wants to become a Christian.” His ministry is actually considering limiting outreach until they can get more Bibles and train their workers better.
has led close to 900,000 people to Christ in the Middle East. In the 1990 only two percent of mission organizations had missionaries in Muslim countries. Today there are over 50,000 Christian missionaries within the Middle East.
1. We are God’s Children
God is not going to turn his blessing away from His kids
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks fora fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
- God loves to give us when we ask
- God does not give based on our faults
2. Jesus hands out crumbs
What do I mean by this?
- Jesus was outside of Israel
- He was not there to do miracles or reach that people
- A woman’s plea caused him to give in ways he was not intending
Even if God is moving mightily in other places our requests can get Him to do his mighty works here.