Coming Down the Mountain
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS
2. BEHOLD, A LEPER
The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp.
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.
Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
The King who astonishes is Savior who cleanses
… the plight of the leper illustrated the effects of sin, though the leper was actually not any more sinful than anyone else.. R. C. Trench, the great Greek scholar and the inspiration for and first editor of the monumental Oxford English Dictionary (OED), recognized this, saying that though the leper was not worse or guiltier than his fellow Jews, nevertheless he was a parable of sin—an “outward and visible sign of innermost spiritual corruption.” The leper is a physical illustration of the heart of every human being! If for a moment we could see a visible incarnation of ourselves apart from the cleansing work of Christ, we would see ourselves as the walking dead—forms dead in their trespasses and sins—forms trying to cover themselves with filthy rags.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Angels We Have Heard On High
O Come All Ye Faithful
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Hymn Of Joy
Good Good Father
Community Group Questions
In Matthew 7:28-29 it says that the crowds were astonished because Jesus taught as one who had authority. Think back through our time in the Sermon on the Mount. Where have you heard Jesus’ authority impacting to your heart and mind?
Leviticus 13:45–46 describes the plight of a leprous person. How is a leper a great metaphor for the plight of a sinner? As Kent Hughes writes, “The leper is a physical illustration of the heart of every human being!”
The leper is the first person to believe in Jesus following the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. How is the leper’s faith a beautiful image for us of the response that Jesus calls for in his sermon?
Hebrews 13:12 says that Jesus “suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his blood.” How does Jesus’ condescension and suffering inform our understanding of redemption? How does it compel us to join him in the going to those who are lost without the gospel?