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The Preeminent Lord of Heaven

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Jesus establishes His sovereign dominion over truth, sickness, and the souls of humanity.

Text: Luke 6:17-19
Date: 02/06/2022, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 50

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Before launching into more specific teaching about what the Good news of the Kingdom of God is all about, Luke sketches a picture of the makeup of that Kingdom. We will revisit the image created last week of an early morning mist that catches the first rays of the rising sun and explodes with a million tiny points of refracted light, representing the preeminence of Christ in the illumination and empowerment of the church. We focused last week on Luke's list of the Apostles, called and chosen to be the very foundation of the church. And this week, we will focus on Jesus Himself as He establishes His divine sovereignty over truth, over the physical world, and over the spiritual world and the souls of humanity. To put this another way, last week we focused on the mist-- this week we will focus on the sun that brings that mist alive. In what functionally is both a short summary of the ministry of the Messiah to this point and an introduction to the profound teaching to follow, Luke reminds us of Who is doing the teaching, and why we should listen to the Preeminent Lord of Heaven.

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 6:17-19.
A. Context
B. The Sovereign Dominions of Christ.
1. The quintessential image of Emmanuel, vs. 17, Matt. 1:23.
a. Setting the scene, Luke 6:12-13a.
i. Starting with prayer.
ii. The Apostolic perspective.
iii. The location, Matt. 5:1, Luke 6:12a.
b. The makeup of the crowd.
i. A multifaceted crowd.
• The Apostles.
• The disciples, Matt. 7:21,13,14, John 6:66.
• The people.
• The antagonists.
• The micro-cosmic perspective.
ii. The increasing popularity.
• Analyzing the areas.
• The envy of the religious leaders, Mark 15:10.
c. Re-establishing the image of Emmanuel, Rev. 7:9-10.
2. The dominions of Jesus, vs. 18.
a. The mind: the intellectual life.
i. Authoritative Truth, Matt. 7:28-29; John 7:45-46, 6:68, 18:37, 14:6; Heb. 1:2-3.
ii. Antagonistic hearers, John 12:37,39,40.
b. The body: the physical life.
i. To authenticate, Luke 4:40, 5:12-13, 20.
ii. The compassion of Christ, Mark 6:34; Matt. 4:14; Luke 6:7.
c. The soul: the spiritual life, Luke 4:34.
3. The Power of Jesus, vs. 19.
a. The nature of their touch.
i. A chaotic scene.
ii. The nature of their faith.
b. The nature of Jesus' power, Luke 8:46.
c. Making sense of it all.
III. Application
A. Jesus is the Lord of Heaven.
1. Jesus is Lord over all, Dan. 7:14.
2. Jesus is Lord of Truth, John 14:6; 2Cor. 10:5; 1Cor. 2:16.
3. Jesus is the Lord of the physical world, John 1:2-3; Heb. 1:2; Acts 5:15-16.
4. Jesus is Lord of the Spiritual World, 1Cor. 7:23.
5. Jesus is God!
B. But is He YOUR Lord?
1. Is He the Lord of your salvation?
2. Is He the Lord of your sanctification?
IV. Conclusion

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