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Lesson 18: Grace to the Outcast (Luke 5:12-16)

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In the gospel of Luke, we see Jesus repeatedly showing kindness to those in need, an example of such is found here in the grace He gives to a man “full of leprosy.” As this individual saw his need and came to the Savior, it causes us to think about how it is we should approach Jesus as well. Should we avoid Him altogether because of our sinfulness? Should we presume upon His grace? Or perhaps we should recognize that Christ is gracious and hears the cry of the humble outcast. With the latter being the Biblical option, Pastor Daniel challenges us in the following ways: 1) Realize your condition. 2) Recognize your need for Jesus. 3) Request Christ’s mercy. And finally, 4) Receive Christ’s gift. These are the truths that the leper, a man who was considered all but dead in his culture, came to realize as he sought mercy from his only Hope in the world.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Failure, Grace, Hamartiology (Sin), Soteriology (Salvation)