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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 8 Message Outlines

Luke 8:26-39 (5)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 6 Study # 5
May 24, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Identities and future expectations are significantly linked.

Introduction:As we have been working our way through Luke's presentation of Jesus' authority over "Legion", we have seen some of the realities of attempting to live a Jesus-free life. There are two basic facts that govern this attempt: first, the quality of experience has nothing to commend it except the gloating about "who gets to call the shots"; and, second, the attempt is fundamentally vain. The poet W.E. Henley once penned the words, "It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishment the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." Interestingly, the man lived most of his life crippled and died at the age of 54 sometime after the death of his 5-year-old daughter. I only have one question for him: what's the "point" of being the "master of your fate" if being "master" means only that you can utter lies with great swelling words of vanity?

Since the demons clearly subscribe to Henley's delusion, we have to ask them also: What is the point of ineffectual rebellion that ends only in empty words? This morning we are going to continue our consideration of this dead-end street as we look into Jesus' question of the demon: What is your name?


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