Love Broke Tradition

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When Love Broke Through – Week One
Love broke tradition
We are expected to make sure Jesus’ love breaks through other people’s lives.
Tradition in itself is not bad because it’s a repetitive process we do over and over.
It’s full of processes and structures but it can become a hindrance in connecting people to Christ.
Jesus made a breakthrough in our traditions
  1. Jesus made a breakthrough in the Godly
Israel’s priests had control over everything except the death penalty. They had to go to Rome for permission to do that.
The priests had a lavish lifestyle while the common people did not.
The position at the time was – “if you’re wealthy, you’re blessed by God.”
Jesus broke through that tradition
Matthew 19:16-22 – “And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
Jesus said “give it all away.”
Are you willing to give up your traditions you have that aren’t found in scripture? Things like Practices / Programs in the church?
  1. Jesus made a breakthrough in the law.
Sometimes we give God the bare minimum, but God doesn’t want something FROM our lives, He wants much more FOR our lives.
Matthew 15:1-9 – “Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'””
Jesus knew the traditions of the Elders weren’t scripture, but the commands of God are.
There are traditions that are good and honorable, but not if they get in the way of reaching other people for Christ.
The Pharisees challenged Jesus when He broke their traditions
  1. Jesus made a breakthrough in the ordinary life.
When our traditions get broken, we wonder what we should do because we find ourselves in unknown territory, but sometimes that’s exactly where God wants to put us.
When we look at God, we say we trust Him, but we want God to go with us into the unknown.
Matthew 9:9-13 – “As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.””
The biggest detriment to our traditions is letting tradition stand in the way of reaching people for Christ.