The Passover celebration was close at hand, Jesus wanted to remember it with His disciples. As He does so, He installs a new meaning to part of it that we remember today as the Lord’s Supper or Communion
During the passion week, Jesus taught in the temple daily. Luke gives us an overview of some of these teaching moments. The never-ending question about the kingdom and the grandeur of the Temple combine to compel some practical teaching about what to do when the world hates you.
What role do we play in society? Sometimes we may feel pressured to conform to certain expectations, is this wrong? What does God expect from us and how do we fit in? 2 very opposite groups are presented here, the societal haves and the have nots.
Some religious leaders’ questions give us some insight into the life that is to come. They intended it as a trap for Jesus, but all they did was catch themselves in a debate they had no answers for.
How do we define and describe what are the laws of man and laws of God and when one supersedes another? Not all law is bad, so let us explore how to obey the right laws.
Why was authority a big issue? Power corrupts, but in reality, it is authority to exercise power that corrupts. The religious leaders knew where their authority came from, but Jesus they were not sure about.
Jesus enters Jerusalem as her King and while initially welcomed finds nothing but opposition from her leaders.
Jesus tempers expectations that the Kingdom was imminent. Why the delay? You and I can be glad for it or we would never have been born. God has His reasons for waiting, will we be found faithfully working when He returns?
Is this how its supposed to be?
Two men who couldn’t see, see Jesus clearly. Very different circumstances yet both point to the heart of Luke’s gospel and Jesus’ ministry: to seek and so save that which was lost!
Jesus speech becomes plainer and more straightforward as he moves towards Jerusalem. He clearly wanted those who would follow Him to count the cost of discipleship. Following Jesus always costs something, usually everything.
While the first prayer section was dealing with the mechanics of praying, this section deals with the heart attitudes of the prayer.
The Pharisees want more answers, this time about the coming kingdom and its timing. They don’t believe He really knows but seem to be testing Him and perhaps creating a scenario when He could be deemed a false prophet. Jesus patiently deals with the ingratitude and unending questions.
In the midst of his journey to Jerusalem Jesus ministers to men living with leprosy. He miraculously heals them but only 1 shows gratitude. Truly redeemed people must be thanks-filled people too!
What is expected of us who follow Jesus? We are to forgive, we are to be a people of faith, we are to obediently serve. Anything else we add to it becomes fences around walls of religiosity.
The familiar story about Lazarus and the rich man illustrates the importance of being prepared for eternity. All of us are mortal and will die. Where we spend eternity is determined in this life. Where will you be after the undertaker is called?
God knows us and doesn’t need to test us to prove our character. The tests that come our way do expose our hearts and will. When we stand before Him, as we all will do, what will our actions reveal about our character?
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