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The Willing Christ - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 13 of 94
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Luke 5:12-16
Mar 31, 2002 am - Today, with God's help, we'll move on in our study of Luke Gospel. The man wrote his book to confirm the faith of his friend, Theophilus. What it did for Luke's friend long ago, it will do for you. But not by sitting on your nightstand gathering dust; it only builds confidence in you if you read it, often, carefully, and with prayer. That's what our story is designed to do; it's there to strengthen your faith in Christ. In His power, of course, but mostly, in His grace. That grace is on wonderful display in today's short narrative. THE STORY The story takes place "in a certain city". Luke doesn't tell us which one, but judging from the context, it must be a town in Galilee. One day, a man comes to the Lord "full of leprosy". This is not the usual way of describing a leper. Luke wants us to know how bad-off the man was. He was near death, is seems. He falls down before Christ in humble reverence, saying, "Lord, if You want to, You can make me clean". This says a good deal about the man's knowledge and faith. He had heard the stories coming out of Capernaum-how the Lord had cast out demons and healed the sick. He knew that, if Christ could help others, He could also help him. Not ... More >>>

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