Hello, the sermon today did have the Gospel in it! His passage was Mark 1:40-45.
The Pastors first point was to let (or allow) Jesus go where no one else will go (you can change it and say ask Jesus to go where no one else will go). There are three verses with that: Mark 1:41-42 and Isaiah 42:3. The Leper reached out and asked Jesus, that if He was willing, to heal him. Jesus reached out and healed him.
The second point was to let Jesus do what no one else will do. There’s Mark 1:43-44. Jesus told the Leper not to tell anyone, and to go to the priests to offer the sacrifices. If a leper was healed then they would take two birds. With one bird they would tear the wings up, not severed off, but torn. They would dip the next bird in the blood, then in the water, and they would set it free. Both birds picture Jesus. Jesus died like the first bird, then He took our sins far away.
Then he said that Jesus removes our guilt and shame. There is Psalms 103:11-13 and Isaiah 53:5. He removed our shame. Just as the Leper was labeled leper, we, in our sin, are labeled either addict, immoral, alcoholic etc.. But, Jesus removed our shame, and died for us.
Then he said that Jesus atones for sin. There is 1 John 2:2. Jesus atones not only for our sins, but for the whole world. He will save all those who come to Him.
Then he said that Jesus restores our relationship with God. There is Galatians 5:24-25. Now that we are saved, we have died to the sinful nature. We should no longer live in sin. We need to go and sin no more.
The conclusion asks if you are willing to embrace the wholeness Jesus offers through his compassion.
“Jesus was indignant.[a] He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”
“A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;”
“Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.””
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;”
“But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.”
1 John 2:2,
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland