Luke 5:12-26 – “Jesus cleanses and forgives”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, March 12th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 5:12-26


  • His authority to cleanse/purify
  • His authority to forgive sins
  • His authority to redeem and save
  • He makes all things new!

Jesus and the Leper – vv. 12-16

Leper’s condition

  • Outcast, unclean
  • Full of leprosy (total)
  • He knew His condition and knew who could heal him
    • Feel at His feet
    • Lord, if you will
  • A picture of man today… total depravity. Romans 7:24

Jesus’ response

  • Touches Him (NO ONE TOUCHED A LEPER)
  • I will, be clean
  • Immediately
  • Today, Jesus cleanses the soul of man!

Go, and show yourself to the priest

  • To show them he was completely healed
  • Following the OT Law Leviticus 14:1-32
    • Guilt offering
    • Burnt offering
  • The already and not principle

Even more the report abroad, crowds gathered

Jesus and the Paralytic – vv. 17-26

Pharisees and teachers of the law

  • The religious law experts we pressed in to hear
  • They heard with their ears, but nothing else

Paralytic and His friends seek out Christ

  • Concern, Passion, Determination
  • Understood Jesus has the answer (THE GOSPEL)
  • They were hearing and believing

Jesus’ response

    • Faith = Hear, Believe, Trust, Do
  • Sins are forgiven

Pharisee’s reaction

  • Only God can forgive sins
  • Same response from the world today
  • The world creates their own version of what God would do (Satan in the garden)

Jesus’ rebuke

  • Responds…By my authority Son of Man
  • Get up and walk
  • Immediately
  • Glorifying God


  • Jesus has the authority to cleanse and forgive
  • This is not about physical, but spiritual
  • He is demonstrating HIS AUTHORITY TO SAVE/REDEEM
  • Completely and Immediately

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