Christ Teaches On Offenses
Verse 1 – Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
Verse 2 – “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
This “woe” was to anyone which caused Christ’s followers to sin. Jesus may have been directing this statement to the religious leaders who were perpetuating an evil system with their hypocritical ways.
Verse 3 – “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
Jesus calls those “in Christ” brother. These are our fellow Christians. Notice, He said, “If they repent, admit they were wrong. To rebuke does not mean to bring to attention every little fault they have. We are to bring to their attention the wrong they have done in order to restore that relationship to you for the purpose of seeing it as sin. We are to check our attitude towards that person before we go to them.
Verse 4 – “And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
Jesus is talking about people who are truly sorry for their sin, who admit it and truly are trying to not sin. The problem is that most people who still haven’t learned to control their tempers, because they didn’t get their way, end up sinning in their actions and what they say. Admitting that you did another person wrong is something I don’t see frequently between Christians.
Verse 5 – And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
They said this because of what Jesus had just told them about how many times we are, and they, to forgive offenses. However, how much easier is it to forgive someone, when they can admit they were the one that did something wrong? It’s when they storm off mad and you can’t reason with them that makes it hard to forgive them.
Verse 6 – So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea; and it would obey you.
The problem didn’t lay in the amount of faith they possessed, it lay with believers treating others right! Sometimes it’s hard to deal with other Christians because they are carnal. Their actions and decisions are made on their emotions, not by God’s written word. We don’t put our faith in other people, our faith is in God, knowing He will be faithful to His Word.
Verse 7 – “And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’?
Verse 8 – “But will he rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk’?
Verse 9 – “Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.
Verse 10 – “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty.’ ”
When we obey God’s commandments, we have only done our duty as a Christian. Jesus is not saying our service to Him or others is worthless, He is attacking spiritual pride. Pride in thinking this or that teaching of Christ, doesn’t apply to me as a believer. Act right and treat others right, the way Christ treats you.
Christ Cleanses Ten Lepers
Verse 11 – Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
Verse 12 – Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men, who were lepers, who stood afar off.
Verse 13 – And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
Verse 14 – So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
We need to act on Jesus word before we ever see any results! Speak the word, by faith, out loud! The lepers were not healed until they obeyed to go towards where the priest were. Sometimes we are told to do something before we see our miracle – obedience.
Verse 15 – Now one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Verse 16 – and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
Is it possible to receive God’s great gifts, miracles, and blessings, with an ungrateful spirit? Nine out of the ten did so. God doesn’t have to do anything for us, but because He is a “Good God,” He does. Only the thankful learn that it is their faith in Christ that heals the mind, soul, and body. Only faithful Christians grow in the understanding of God’s grace! By mentioning, “and he was a Samaritan,” Luke shows God’s grace is for everyone.
Verse 17 – So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Verse 18 – “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
Verse 19 – And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.
I wonder if the 9 that were ungrateful stayed cleansed? 1 Chronicles 16:8 – Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! When we tell others about the goodness of God, it just might help them to believe a little stronger in their struggles. What God does for one, He will do for another.
Christ Teaches on the Second Coming
Verse 20 – Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
These Pharisees had ignored the scriptures in the Old Testament. When Jesus told them that the kingdom does not come by observation, He simply meant, “It is only seen in people’s hearts, then outward signs will follow.” However, the Pharisees missed it.
Verse 21 – “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed the kingdom of God is within you.”
Verse 22 – Then He said to His disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
Verse 23 – “And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.
Verse 24 – “For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.
We already have people claiming that they are the Messiah, today. But Jesus said, “Do not follow them.” Just as lightning flashes across the whole sky, that’s how obvious it will be when Christ returns, everyone will see it!
Verse 25 – “But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
Verse 26 – “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
Verse 27 – “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
There will be no clear-cut sign to signal “this is it.” Rather, it will be just like in the days of Noah, when business as usual was carried on until the unexpected destruction of the flood. Oh, but Noah preached and warned them for 120 years. How long have we been warned? Over two thousand years. We have scripture, pastors, churches everywhere, and if you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit telling you all things. Man will be without excuse in that day.
Verse 28 – “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
Verse 29 – “but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
Why do you think Jesus mentioned Sodom here? Was it because of the perversion in Sodom? Are there laws being made to protect this perversion today? Should today be any different from back then as to how we should live by God’s law?
Verse 30 – “Evan so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Did God save the righteous in both of these examples before destruction? Yes, He did, and He will do it again before that horrific day!
Verse 31 – “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. (Don’t mourn what is left behind.)
Verse 32 – “Remember Lot’s wife.
Lot’s wife looked back to Sodom after the angels told them to flee and “Do not look back,” and she was turned into a pillar of salt! In other words: “Don’t be so attached to worldly possessions, because there is no comparison to what is in store for those who believe.
Verse 33 – “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Verse 34 – “I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.
The word men is not in the original text. These verses have the same meaning for two different times in history. The first is instructions when the Roman soldiers rampaged through Jerusalem, flee. The second is at the time of the rapture. The saints will be standing by non-believers and simply vanish.
Verse 35 – “Two women will be grinding together, the one will be taken and the other left.
Verse 36 – “Two men will be in the field, the one will be taken and the other left.”
Verse 37 – And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”
I believe this particular verse is talking about the Roman’s invasion, because their ensign was the eagle.