'Luke' Tagged Posts

'Luke' Tagged Posts

Kingdom Banquet No Shows

Parable of the Great Banquet Luke 14:15-24. One of the dinner guests jumped to bless those who would share in the kingdom banquet. He surely assumes that he will be among those so blessed. But Jesus cautions the dinner guests about such optimism, while also correcting their misunderstanding of the kingdom itself. The Kingdom is Now The man pronounced a benediction on those who will feast in the kingdom. But Jesus’ parable describes a banquet that is ready. In fact,…

Aim Low: Humility and Exaltation

In Luke 14:1-14, Jesus again points to the great reversal that will take place at the judgment. Humility is at the heart of our repentance and faith. Those who are humble now will be exalted then. Those who exalt themselves now, will be humbled then. The Setting: Another Sabbath Healing The Pharisees’ position on the sabbath has been refuted, yet they stubbornly refuse to yield. They no longer challenge Jesus, historically a losing proposition for them; now they lurk, silently…

Jesus Laments Covenant Breakers

That Fox Jesus was not afraid of Herod’s murderous designs. He had no need to be. No one had the authority or power to take Jesus’ life (John 10:17-18). And human threats are unimpressive when you grasp God’s loving and sovereign care.  Herod was not a real threat. Lions are dangerous predators. Foxes are not. Foxes live in the shadow of lions. And this is how we ought to view all human threats (Luke 12:4). And, like Jesus, in the…

The Narrow Door

How Many Will Be Saved? It’s not that it isn’t a good question. It’s just that it’s the wrong question. We’ve all asked this question in one form or another at some time. Who is going to be saved? Is it going to be more than I think? Less than I think? Are we talking a lot, or a little? Where’s the line between those who are in & those who are out? How wide is the door? Or, Does the…

Being Ready

In Luke 12:35-48, Jesus commands that his disciples be ready for his return. He is soon to return to his Father, and they are to wait expectantly for him to come back. An expectant readiness means being “dressed for action” and “keep[ing] your lamps burning.” Always Ready to Move To be “dressed for action” in the first century meant pulling up your long robe and tucking it into your belt, freeing your legs to run. Keeping your lamps lit required…

All In: Being Unleavened

Leaven Luke 12:1-12.  You might think of leaven as leftovers.  It’s not like the leftovers you put in your refrigerator after a meal.  It’s not leftovers like a doggie bag.  It’s uncooked leftovers.  It’s leftover dough that is used to kickstart the next batch of dough.  It’s used to make the dough rise.  But that’s not what usually makes it a great biblical image.  That’s part of it, but the real heart of the imagery goes back to Exodus 12,…

Churchianity

Churchianity I didn’t coin the term “churchianity”. It was in use by the end of the 18th century. And the phenomenon is far more ancient. We see it already in Isaiah 29:13-14. And our Savior created the opportunity to address it when he accepted an invitation to dine with a Pharisee.  The story is found in Luke 11:37-54. Pretending you are Pure The Pharisee was shocked that Jesus didn’t ritually wash before he ate. The Pharisees were terribly concerned that…

Living in the Light of Grace

Four Responses to Grace From Luke 11:14-36.  It’s pretty easy to see the two major negative responses to Jesus in this passage.  Some accuse Him of casting out demons through satanic power.  Others take a ‘prove-your-credentials’ approach.  But if we look closely at this passage, we’ll see two others: apathetic neglect and nurtured reception, living in the light of grace. Rejection Jesus demonstrated the absurdity of the satanic-power suggestion.  Satan has invested significant resources in subduing men.  He would not…

Speaking to Your Father

The Christian’s Privilege of Prayer: Speaking to Your Father What we Pray The principal lesson in Jesus’ instructions for prayer is that you are speaking to your Father. To those who believe and trust Jesus Christ, “He gave the right to become children of God,” If Jesus died for you, then you have been adopted as a son of God, an heir of His kingdom. That fact governs everything else in prayer. It governs what you pray for: Because you…

Avoiding Burnout

Being Served and Serving It’s easy to get overwhelmed with Christian service. Volunteer burnout is a real threat to Christian ministries. And, even beyond the ministries of the local church, there are so many calls for your time and resources as a Christian living in a fallen and needy world, that anyone with a sensitive heart, who wants to be a good neighbor, can easily grow anxious and troubled … overwhelmed. It is easy to lose sight of what’s really…

The Good Samaritan

The parable of the Good Samaritan is the first part of a three-part lesson in what a disciple ought to be about.  In short, he is to be about love (of God and neighbor) and prayer. A man asks Jesus the most important question in all the world, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  And Jesus allows him to show that he actually knows the answer.  But the answer he knows only leads to despair.  The law does,…

Rejoicing in God’s Will

God’s will, not your work, is the place to find joy in ministry.  When the 72 returned from their mission, they were very excited about the divine power that they had been privileged to wield. They acknowledged that all they had done had been done in the name of, and therefore the power of, Christ. And Jesus encouraged them in two ways. Measuring Effectiveness First, He told them that, while they were ministering in His name, He was watching Satan…
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