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As we head towards Easter we are going to move through a series titled “The Centrality of the Cross.”

Today is part 2 Great Crowds Followed Him.

Text

Matthew 8:1 (ESV)

8 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 5:1-2 (ESV)

The Sermon on the Mount

5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

Matthew 7:28 (ESV)

The Authority of Jesus

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,

And of course today’s Scripture Matthew 8:1 (ESV)

Prayer

Father, You have been gracious and generous to us.

Today we thank you for the consciousness of our forgiven sin and for the privilege of being part of your family.

Lord we rejoice in the privilege of serving you and working with you to help others come to know you, and the great salvation that is available through Jesus.

Amen.

Introduction

The passage of scripture that falls between Matthew 5:1 and 8:1 is known as the Sermon on the Mount.

It is significant that this message was delivered to the crowds that had begun to follow Jesus and that once He had completed this message, the crowds followed Him down from the mountain.

But the more significant thing is that the crowds continue to follow Jesus after two thousand years have passed by.

By the grace of God, we have been chosen to be among the crowds that follow Him and listen to Him.

What is the secret of this magnetism of the Teacher who spoke these remarkable words?

What is it that causes this fellowship of the crowds after two thousand years?

Why is it that you and I follow Him?

  1. We follow Jesus because of who He is.

Famous celebrities attract a crowd wherever they go.

To enjoy any privacy at all, they must conceal their identity and their presence.

Jesus Christ was and is the God-man, the eternal God clothed in a human body.

He is the Messiah promised by the prophets, the One whom Israel had been waiting.

God revealed this truth to Peter, and Peter verbalised the condition of his heart by declaring in Matthew 16:16 (ESV)

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus was more than just a good man and a great teacher.

He is God in human flesh.

Because of who He is, we continue to follow Him.

2. We follow Jesus because of what He did.

We follow Jesus because of what He did during His earthly life.

He ministered to the sick, comforted the grieving, gave hope to the discouraged, and fed the hungry.

But His greatest achievements were on the cross and in a tomb.

On the cross, he took our place, demonstrating the height and depth and breadth of His love for unworthy sinners.

He paid our sin debt by dying as a substitute for each of us.

In the tomb, our Lord conquered death and the grave, Jesus became a living Saviour, able to save to the fullest those who come to God through Him.

Because of what Jesus did, we continue to follow Him two thousand years later. 

3. We follow Jesus because of what He can do.

We follow Jesus because He is able to forgive our sins and make us clean and acceptable to the Father. 

Because He can give the gift of eternal life and cause us to love the things that are loveable in God’s eyes.

Because He gives us a new quality of life, because He gives us victory over the evil within us and the evil that threatens us from without.

Because He is able to help us be productive and victorious as we live the abundant life He provides.

We follow Him because it is through Him that we can achieve our highest possible manhood or womanhood.

4. We follow Jesus because we need Him.

Children need their parents. A husband needs a wife. A wife needs her husband. We need our friends. We need certain professionals who can provide us with services in times of need.

All of us are in need of others.

More than anyone else in all existence, Jesus Christ is the One we need.

Thus we follow Him.

With selfish motives and with the best of interests, we follow Him because it pays to serve Him.

5. We follow Jesus because He needs us.

Let me put that in context.

We would not be presumptuous in making such a statement, it is the divine plan that God uses men and women to share the good news of His love with others.

God could have chosen the angels to tell the message of His love, but He didn’t.

We follow Him because He needs us to share His message.

If we do not follow Him, the work He began and wishes for us to continue will come to an end.

6. We follow Jesus because others need Him.

People have many needs.

They need things like food, clothing, shelter, education, jobs, medical care.

But humankind’s greatest need is for a right relationship with God that comes through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We can meet their greatest need when we help them receive the forgiveness of sin and the gift of new life that comes only through Jesus.

Conclusion.

The crowds followed Jesus during His earthly ministry, and they have continued to follow Him down through the centuries.

You and I can rejoice over the privilege of being among the crowds that follow Him.

If you have not yet began to follow Him, now would be a good time to forsake the way of life that ends in disappointment and come to Him who alone can give you life and hope and peace and joy.

Become a true follower of Jesus Christ because of who He is, and what He has done, and what He can do in your life.

Until next time

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