Unexpected Things Jesus Never Said


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The Unexpected Journey Week #4
Unexpected things Jesus never said
 
Luke 6:46-49 – “”Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.””
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This is a nice passage we teach a lot about, but normally we talk about the solid foundation, but the Key is in Verse 46 – “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”
 
A lot of people do the easy thing, but as Christ followers, we primarily exist for those outside of our church and home walls.
 
People are seeking spiritual truth and we get to participate in that with them.
 
1) Jesus never said, “Clean up”
 
Jesus never said you need to clean up before coming to church. 
 
You don’t join a gym and then go somewhere else to work out until you’re in shape.
 
Jesus never gave prerequisites for experiencing His love.
 
No one is too flawed or needs too much forgiveness to connect to Christ.
 
Luke 6:27-36 – “”But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
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Jesus is kind to the ungrateful and the evil…we should be as well, because we are often ungrateful and evil ourselves.
 
“God is at work in the mess”. – Matt Chandler
 
Romans 5:8 – “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
2) Jesus never said, “Whatever you want, I will give it to you.”
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Jesus isn’t a vending machine where you put in a prayer and he spits out a blessing.
 
1 John 3:21-24 – “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.”
 
We need to ask for things that please God; that are found in the will of God.
 
Jesus never promised us fame and fortune. If we have those, we should use those to bless others.
 
We need to do things God’s way, not handle things my way.
 
3) Jesus never said, “enjoy life on Easy Street.”
 
We’re taking a different journey than the world. It’s going to be harder and look different.
 
There’s going to be rough patches. With Jesus, there’s always going to be change.
 
We love the status quo too much.
 
Jesus is forever calling us out of our comfort zones and Jesus’ command are not optional.
 
4) Jesus never said, “They aren’t worth the effort.”
 
We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. This command isn’t an option.
 
Matthew 1:21 – “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.””
 
Luke 1:27 – “to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.”
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If you are calling Jesus, Lord, are you doing what He’s telling you to do?