Luke – Chapter 24

The Resurrection

Verse 1 – Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

While it was still dark, and a Sunday, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome, and other Galilean women, came to anoint Jesus body with expensive spices.

Verse 2 – But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

Verse 3 – Then they went in and did not find the body of Jesus.

Verse 4 – And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.

Verse 5 – Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

That sounds like an appropriate question for two angels to ask. After all, had Jesus not told them several times that He would rise on the third day? I imagine angels are the ones that are perplexed when we don’t believe until we see.

Verse 6 – “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,

Verse 7 – “saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”

How would these angels know what Jesus had said, unless they had been watching and listening from heaven? How do we know that all of heaven doesn’t hear what we say, all the time? We don’t. But from this verse, it tells me certain angels are allowed to watch and listen to what takes place on earth, in order to assist and bring messages from God All Mighty. Shouldn’t we then, be more cautious of what we utter?

Verse 8 – And they remembered His words.

How easy it is to forget what God’s word says when we’re scared or in a panic, like these women did. God’s word is always true.

Verse 9 – Then they returned form the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Verse 10 – It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.

Verse 11 – And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.

Verse 12 – But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed marveling to himself at what had happened.

In that day, women were not considered to be credible witnesses. The disciples thought what they told them was nonsense. However, Peter was curious enough to run off to the tomb and see for himself. I’m sure it baffled Peter even more to see Jesus clothes that He was taken to the tomb in, still there. If someone was going to steal a buried body, would not the clothes be gone also? (John 20:3, 4, we learn another disciple went with Peter to the tomb, probably John.)

Verse 13 – Now behold, two of them (two of the disciples) were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.

Verse 14 – And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

Verse 15 – So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.

Verse 16 – But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

Sometimes, we are likely to miss Jesus and withdraw from the strength of other believers when we become preoccupied with our dashed hopes and disappointments. Only when we keep our focus on Him will we see Him in our midst!

Verse 17 – And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

Verse 18 – Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

Verse 19 – And He said to them, “What things?” and they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

Verse 20 – “and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.

Verse 21 – “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.

Verse 22 – “Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.

Verse 23 – “When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

Verse 24 – “And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’

Verse 25 – Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

Verse 26 – “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

Jesus had heard enough. Even though these disciples knew the Biblical prophecies, they failed to understand that Christ’s suffering was His path to glory.

Verse 27 – And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the thins concerning Himself.

Jesus reintroduced the Old Testament prophecies to these disciples, concerning Himself. Christ is the thread woven throughout all Scripture. He is the central theme that binds them together.

Verse 28 – Then they drew near the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.

Verse 29 – But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

Verse 30 – Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

Verse 31 – Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

Verse 32 – And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

Verse 33 – So they arose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,

These two could not wait for daylight to travel back to Jerusalem, and tell the others, it was too important and exciting. Please, don’t ever lose your zeal in telling others about our Savior.

Verse 34 – saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”

When Cleopas and the other disciple walked into the room where the eleven sat, someone (from the eleven) shouted that Peter had seen the Lord! Paul also mentions Jesus appeared to Peter alone (1 Corinthians 15:5). Cephas was another name for Peter.

Verse 35 – And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Verse 36 – Now as thy said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

Verse 37 – But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

Their fright was understandable, because Jesus suddenly appeared in their midst in a locked room.

Verse 38 – And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

Verse 39 – “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

Verse 40 – When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

Verse 41 – But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”

Verse 42 – So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.

Verse 43 – And He took it and ate in their presence.

Jesus body was not merely a restored body, like Lazarus’. He was able to appear and disappear. Jesus’ resurrected body was immortal. This is the kind of body all believers will be given at the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:42-50).

Verse 44 – Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”

Verse 45 – And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

In the Book of Acts, Luke makes it clear that Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples between His resurrection and ascension.

Verse 46 – Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

Verse 47 – “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Verse 48 – “And you are witness of these things.

Verse 49 – “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

They were to stay in Jerusalem and wait. It ended up being only 10 days and then the Holy Spirit would come on them all to endue them with might, power, knowledge, understanding, love, and sound mind, and the boldness they needed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Verse 50 – And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

Verse 51 – Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.

Verse 52 – And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

Verse 53 – and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

But it doesn’t end there. Luke continues what happens next int he Book of Acts! I hope by reading Luke, it has inspired you to ether renew your faith, or encouraged you to keep going. All four Gospels help us to know Jesus more and more, which should inspire us to be more like Him!

 

 

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Luke – Chapter 23

Pilate Tries Christ

Verse 1 – Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.

Verse 2 – And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

Verse 3 – So Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, “It is as you say.”

The three charges the Jews brought against Jesus were fabrications. The claim that He was opposing payments of taxes to Caesar, was an out right lie. And at no time did Jesus attempt to overthrow the Roman government.

Verse 4 – Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”

Verse 5 – But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”

Verse 6 – When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean.

Verse 7 – And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

Like Pilate, Herod Antipas was in Jerusalem for the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Herod was over Galilee, so Pilate sent Jesus to him. This is the same Herod who had put John the Baptist to death.

Verse 8 – Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.

Herod wanted to be entertained, like a child at a magic show.

Verse 9 – Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.

Verse 10 – And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.

Verse 11 – Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.

Verse 12 – That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other for before that they had been at enmity with each other.

This is what evil does, joins forces with others that have no conscience. Herod had the authority to stop this entire charade, but instead chose to mock and ridicule. He decided to just turn Jesus back over to Pilate to decide His fate.

Putting the responsibility to do what is right off on someone else, is still sin. James 4:17 – Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Verse 13 – Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,

Verse 14 – said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him;

Verse 15 – “no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing worthy of death has been done by Him.

Even today, no one can find fault with Jesus, but just as the religious leaders back then, some today still refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord.

Verse 16 – “I will therefore chastise Him and release Him.

Verse 17 – (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

Verse 18 – And they all cried out at once saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” –

Verse 19 – who had been thrown into prison for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder.

Barabbas had took part in a rebellion against the Roman government (Mark 15:7). How ironic it is that Barabbas was guilty of the very same thing Jesus was accused of, but yet innocent.

Barabbas deserved to die for his crimes, but Christ took his place, and Barabbas was set free. And so it is with us!

Verse 20 – Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.

Verse 21 – But they shouted, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Verse 22 – And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”

Verse 23 – But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.

During this time, Jesus was severely flogged! He was slapped repeatedly, struck with fists, mocked and a crown of thorns was placed on His head, and was beat with a stick, before being placed on a cross. Pilate could have left all of that out, knowing He was going to be crucified anyway, but those beatings and stripes placed on Him was all for “you and me.” Our transgressions did this to an innocent “Lamb of God.” (Isaiah 53:4-6).

Verse 24 – So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.

Historical records indicate that Pilate had already been warned by Roman authorities about tensions in this region. The last thing he needed was a riot in Jerusalem during Passover. So he turned Jesus over to the mob!

Verse 25 – And he released to them the one they requested, who for insurrection and murder had been thrown in prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Christ Is Crucified

Verse 26 – Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.

Verse 27 – And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.

Verse 28 – But Jesus, turning to them, said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

Verse 29 – “For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts which never nursed!’

Luke alone mentions the tears of the Jewish women while Jesus is going through he streets to His execution. He knew that only about 40 years from then Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed by the Romans.

Verse 30 – “Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ‘

Verse 31 – “For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”

This is a common proverb with the Jews – “two dry sticks, and one green, the dry burn up the green.” A few righteous persons among the wicked men suffer with them, but if righteous men suffer, how much more the wicked?

Verse 32 – There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.

Verse 33 – And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

This was on a hill outside of Jerusalem, also called, “the skull, or Golgotha.” The skull is Aramaic, the name is Golgotha, the Latin equivalent is Calvary.

Verse 34 – Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. “And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Verse 35 – And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”

Verse 36 – And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine,

Verse 37 – and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”

Verse 38 – And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

The people reading that sign had no idea how true it was. Jesus, who turns the world’s wisdom upside down, was just coming into His kingdom. His death and resurrection would strike a death-blow to Satan’s rule and would establish Christ’s eternal authority over the earth.

Verse 39 – Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

Verse 40 – But the other, answering rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?

Verse 41 – “And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

Verse 42 – Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

Verse 43 – And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Revelation 2:7 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ‘

Verse 44 – And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

The three hours of darkness, from noon until about 3 o’clock, was a sign of divine judgment against sin and the sinners who unjustly executed the Son of God.

Verse 45 – Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

The curtain in the temple, between the holy place and the holy of holies, was caused by a great earthquake. This symbolized open access to God made possible through the death of Christ!

Verse 46 – And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commend My spirit.’ ” And having said this, He breathed His last.

Verse 47 – Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

In Matthew and Mark, the centurion acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God.

Verse 48 – And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned.

Verse 49 – But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Christ Is Buried

Verse 50 – And behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man.

Verse 51 – He had not consented to their counsel and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God.

Verse 52 – This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Verse 53 – Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of rock, where no one had ever lain before.

Even though Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Sanhedrin, he had disagreed with the rest of them to crucify Jesus. He was a good and righteous man, and also a secret disciple of Jesus.

Verse 54 – That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.

Verse 55 – And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.

These women followed Joseph to the tomb so they could return with spices to anoint Jesus body after the Sabbath had passed.

Verse 56 – Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

 

 

 

 

Luke – Chapter 22

Judas Agrees to Betray Christ

Verse 1 – Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.

This feast lasted seven days, which was a commemoration of the haste in which the Israelites left Egypt, so no leaven was put in the dough, because there was not time for it to rise. The Lord passed over the houses that were marked with lambs blood, then the death angel slew all the firstborn of Egypt.

Verse 2 – And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared people.

Verse 3 – Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.

Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas, he still had a choice. Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus death would end Jesus’ mission and destroy God’s plan for mankind. This is another proof through scripture that Satan can not tell our future of our lives in God’s design.

Verse 4 – So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him.

Judas had no idea that what he was about to do was all part of God’s plan and purpose.

Verse 5 – And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.

Verse 6 – Then he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.

Verse 7 – Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.

All leaven and yeast, was to be removed from households at the beginning of the week of Passover . The day that the Passover lamb was sacrificed, was called the Day of the Unleavened Bread. The lamb was sacrificed from mid afternoon to late afternoon on Thursday.

Verse 8 – And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat,”

Verse 9 – So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”

Verse 10 – And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.

Ordinarily women, not men, went to the well to get water, so this man stood out in a crowd.

Verse 11 – “Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”

Verse 12 – “Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”

Verse 13 – So they went and found it as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

Verse 14 – And when the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.

Verse 15 – Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;

Verse 16 – “for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”

This verse signifies: This ceremonial meal will not be necessary ever again. Jesus was the sacrificial lamb that was slain, for the penalty of death for all mankind’s sin. 1 Corinthians 5:7 – Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us.

Verse 17 – Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;

In verses 17 and 20, Luke mentions two cups of wine, while Matthew and Mark mention only one. In the tradition of the traditional Passover meal, the wine is served four times. Christ spoke the words about His body and His blood when He offered the fourth and final cup.

Verse 18 – “For I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.”

Verse 19 – And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

Verse 20 – Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

All Christians agree that the Lord’s Supper commemorates Christ’s death on the cross for our sins and points to the coming of His Kingdom in glory. When we partake of it, we show our deep gratitude for Christ’s work on our behalf.

The new covenant refers to the sacrifice of Christ that would never have to be repeated ever again (Hebrews 9:23-28). The prophets looked forward to this new covenant that would fulfill the old sacrificial agreement (Jeremiah 31:31-34). John the Baptist called Jesus “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).”

Christ Predicts His Betrayal

Verse 21 – “But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.

Verse 22 – “And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”

Yes, all of this was in God’s plan from the beginning. There had to be a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus was that sacrifice, so no matter how or whom the betrayal came, it had to happen. However, Judas was a willing participant and that choice he made would cost him dearly.

Verse 23 – Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.

Verse 24 – But there was also rivalry among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.

Jesus just got finished telling them about His suffering, betrayal, and death, and these disciples argue about which one of them are the greatest!

Verse 25 – And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exorcise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called benefactors.’

Verse 26 – “But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.

The world’s system of leadership is very different from the leadership of God’s kingdom. Worldly leaders are often selfish and arrogant as they claw their way to the top. Christians leaders are to serve others, having a servants-heart.

Verse 27 – “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

Verse 28 – “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials.

Verse 29 – “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me,

Verse 30 – “that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jesus just told them in the Kingdom to come, all 12 will be great. 1 Samuel 2:8 – He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. “For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and He has set the world upon them.”

Verse 31 – And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.

Satan can do nothing without God’s permission. He is the accuser of the brethren, the wicked one, the tempter, for he goes about seeking whom he may devour. This is where our testings and trials come into play in a Christians life. However, God does not allow him to simply have his way with us to watch us be destroyed. God always has a purpose and a victorious outcome in each trial or test we go through. We see this in numerous lives throughout scripture, Peter and Job, just to name two.

Verse 32 – “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.

This verse can apply to anyone who has “backslidden” temporally. Satan comes against God’s people – continuously. However, when we fail, don’t be discouraged. Get back up, renew your faith, then help others that may have been discouraged also.

Verse 33 – But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”

Verse 34 – Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”

Betrayal and denial are both bad, but with Judas betrayal and Peter’s denial, they had different outcomes. One repented the other did not.

Verse 35 – And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, sack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”

Verse 36 – Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise, a sack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

Verse 37 – “For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”

Verse 38 – Then they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”

The disciples would face hatred and persecutions and would need to be prepared. Today, we don’t carry literal swords, but the Word of God, being our sword, used as a weapon. Ephesians 6:10-20 – (Verse 17) – and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’

Verse 39 – And coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.

Verse 40 – When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

The Mount of Olives was located just east of Jerusalem. Jesus went to an olive grove called Gethsemane, which means “olive press.” The strongest temptation that the disciples would soon face, was not to believe that they had been deceived when Jesus is killed. That’s a good reason for us all to pray that we enter not into temptation, because in this day and time, there are some very convincing evils out there in the world.

Verse 41 – And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Verse 42 – saying, “Father, if it be Your will, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done.”

Jesus was fully aware of the pain and suffering He was about to endure. It was no small thing to be crucified, but to have the sins of the entire world placed on Him, we can’t imagine. Just as an olive is pressed to retract the precious oil, our Savior was punished and crushed for “all our sins!”

Verse 43 – Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

Verse 44 – And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Although God the Father could not allow Jesus to bypass the suffering, He sent an angel to give Him strength to endure it. When Jesus began to sweat “great drops of blood,” some believe that this condition is called hematidrasis, in which sweat and blood are mingled in extreme cases of anxiety.

Verse 45 – When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.

They had cried themselves to sleep. Human physical weakness, can lead to spiritual weakness and temptation.

Verse 46 – Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

Judas Betrays Jesus

Verse 47 – And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.

Verse 48 – But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

A kiss on the cheek was a common greeting between friends and family, but this was the signal of betrayal that was set up before-hand with the chief priests.

Verse 49 – When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”

Verse 50 – And one of them ( Peter – John 18:10) stuck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

Verse 51 – But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

What does this show us? Right in the middle of the ones coming against Jesus, He chooses to “do good to His enemies!” You would think that his miracle would have caused those standing around to realize this was the “divine Messiah.” Nope! Can’t see the truth when your blinded by darkness and hatred.

Verse 52 – Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

Verse 53 – “When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But his is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

The religious leaders hadn’t done anything in daylight, but instead came secretly at night, under the influence of the prince of darkness.

Verse 54 – Then, having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed at a distance.

That which is done in darkness, will soon be exposed to light!

Verse 55 – Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.

Verse 56 – And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.”

Verse 58 – And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”

Verse 59 – Then after about an hour passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”

Verse 60 – But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.

Verse 61 – And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”

Peter’s experience that night changed his life. Just as it can change our lives with one experience with Jesus. We can deny Jesus, but then shame and guilt of the way we have lived comes rushing in. With repentance Christ was able to use Peter to build the church! True repentance in our own lives can cause us too to be used in a mighty way for the Kingdom of God!

Verse 62 – Then Peter went out and wept bitterly.

From our own repentance and regret, God can use it to bring another to Him.

Verse 63 – Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.

Verse 64 – And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck You?”

Verse 65 – And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.

Verse 66 – As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council saying,

Verse 67 – “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe.

Verse 68 – “And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go.

Verse 69 – “Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

Verse 70 – Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” And He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.”

Verse 71 – And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His mouth.”

This was the testimony that they had been waiting on, for Jesus to say He is the Son of God. They considered this claim blasphemy, and was all the evidence they needed to put Him to death.

Do you ever wonder what happened to those who were directly involved in crucifying Jesus? I do, and can tell you, those who accepted Christ as the True Messiah were saved, but those who didn’t, are forever in hell, probably remembering Jesus words, over and over.

 

 

 

 

Luke – Chapter 21

Christ Teaches on the Widow’s Mite

Verse 1 – Then He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,

Verse 2 – and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.

Verse 3 – So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;

Verse 4 – “for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty has put in all the livelihood that she had.”

The rich was proud of how much they gave, wanting everyone to see them giving. The widow gave out of her heart, not obligation or a spirit of pride.

Verse 5 – Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said,

Verse 6 – “As for these things which you see, the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”

This temple was not the temple built by Solomon. That temple had been destroyed during the Babylonians siege. This temple had been started by Ezra when the exiles returned from Babylon. This temple was not complete until A.D.63, some 30 years after Christ’s crucifixion. However, it was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Roman army.

Verse 7 – And they asked Him saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”

Verse 8 – And He said ” “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many, will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.

Verse 9 – “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”

Verse 10 – Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Verse 11 – “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

The appearance of people claiming to be the Messiah, date setting, and wars will continue throughout our present age. Earthquakes, famines, and plagues will intensify also. Some people like to call these happenings “Global Warming.” I say that because they don’t know  scripture and there is a lot of money certain people can make when giving long-winded speeches. These are “birth pains,” because the end is near. Even if it’s 200 years from now, it’s closer than it ever was before. We, as Christians, are not to be ignorant of these signs!

Verse 12 – “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and rulers for My names’ sake.

Verse 13 – “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.

These persecutions soon began. Luke records many in the Book of Acts.

Verse 14 – “Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer;

Verse 15 – “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

Verse 16 – “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will send some of you to your death.

Stephen was stoned to death; James, the brother of John, Herod killed with a sword, all were put to death except John, before the destruction of Jerusalem.

Verse 17 – “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.

Let me say this: These apostles were mocked, hated and put to death, because they preached the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and they lived what they preached. They weren’t hated because they were mean-spirited, thieves, or took advantage of others, like the Pharisees did.

Verse 18 – “But not a hair of your head shall be lost.

Verse 19 – “In your patience possesses your souls

None of Jesus followers will suffer spiritual or eternal loss.

Verse 20 – “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.

Verse 21 – “Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.

Verse 22 – “For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Verse 23 – “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

Verse 24 – “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

It was a time of Judgement when the Roman army took siege of Jerusalem. The survivors of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, were spread all over the known world. From 70 until the emergence of the modern state of Israel in the mid-twentieth century, Jerusalem was controlled by Gentiles. The “time of the Gentiles,” refers to the current opportune time in which Gentile nations embrace the gospel. Israel is spiritually hardened and will remain so until near the end time (Romans 11:25, 26).

The Second Coming

Verse 25 – “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;

Verse 26 – “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

These cosmic effects will cause great anxiety among the world population. I honestly don’t believe we have seen the half of it yet. Just this past year, we saw hurricanes and earthquakes that caused historic destruction. However, when the fullness of the shaking has come, we wont’ believe our eyes!

Verse 27 – “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Daniel 7:13 – “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

Revelation1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him. And all tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Verse 28 – “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

When believers see these events start to happen, know that the Messiah’s return is near. However, for those who have rejected Him and are not paying attention, take heed, there will be no place to hide!

Parable of the Fig Tree

Verse 29 – And He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.

Verse 30 – “When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.

Verse 31 – “So you, likewise, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.

Verse 32 – “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things are fulfilled.

The “generation” that is living when these things come to pass.

Verse 33 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Verse 34 – “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.

Those who are not looking for Christ’s return, will be caught unaware. Those who fill their lives up with the cares of this world, are only concerned with themselves, won’t even know it is happening. Will we be caught doing the Fathers business, or will we not be thinking about His return at all?

Verse 35 – “For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Is this because the saints have already been resurrected?

Verse 36 – “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The only way a person is going to escape “all these things” is to be among those who are raptured before they happen.

Verse 37 – And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet.

Verse 38 – Then early in the mourning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.

 

Luke – Chapter 20

Religious Leaders Question Christ’s Authority

Verse 1 – Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him

Verse 2 – and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?”

In other words they asked, “What right do You have to throw out the moneychangers, perform miracles, and preach the gospel?”

Verse 3 – But He answered and said to them, “I will also ask you one thing, and answer Me:

Verse 4 – “The baptism of John – was it from heaven or from men?”

Verse 5 – And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

Verse 6 – “But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”

There are many churches today that won’t give the pastor permission to preach the full gospel. Some will tell him to “Tone it down,” or, “We don’t believe that in this church.” They have boards set up that have to approve or disapprove everything. They take away the authority that is placed on a pastor. These priests and scribes are still active today.

Verse 7 – So they answered that they did not know where it was from.

Verse 8 – And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Parable of the Vineyard Owner

Verse 9 – Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time.

This is to be understood as the Lord settling the people of Israel in the land of Canaan. From the time of Moses and Joshua, when the first settlement was made, to the time of Christ, fourteen or fifteen hundred years, the owner of the land was absent.

Verse 10 – “Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

The Lord sent forth prophets and messengers, to bring forth fruits of righteousness. The Jews not only mocked these prophets and messengers of the Lord, but despised them and beat them.

Verse 11 – “Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.

Verse 12 – “And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.

Verse 13 – “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.

Verse 14 – “But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’

The Jewish religious leaders did not kill Jesus to claim His inheritance, but rather to forcefully and finally reject Him as Messiah and heir to David’s throne.

Verse 15 – “So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?

Verse 16 – “He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”

Verse 17 – And He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’?

Verse 18 – “Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Jesus looks ahead to the Gentiles being added to God’s plan for His new covenant people, the church. This is one of Luke’s major focuses in his next book, the Acts of the Apostles. The people who are in the temple and hearing Jesus could not imagine God doing such a thing. Jesus is the cornerstone whom the builders, the religious leaders, rejected (Psalm 118: 22).

Verse 19 – And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people – for they knew that He had spoken this parable against them.

Verse 20 – So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.

Verse 21 – And they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You don not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God truly:

These spies, pretending to be honest and righteous, flattered Jesus before asking Him a trick question, hoping to catch Him off guard.

Verse 22 – “Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Verse 23 – But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me?

Verse 24 – “Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”

Verse 25 – And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Verse 26 – But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.

Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, was a proper recognition of the legitimate role of human government in God’s plan. Jesus statement demonstrated that all facets of life have reference to God, including the need for us to submit to government rule.

Sadducees Question Resurrection

Verse 27 – Then some of the Sadducees, who deny there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,

Verse 28 – saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.

Verse 29 – “Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife and died without children.

Verse 30 – “And the second took her as wife, and he died childless.

Verse 31 – “Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children and died.

Verse 32 – “Last of all the woman died also.

Verse 33 – “Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.”

Verse 34 – And Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.

Verse 35 – “But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;

Verse 36 – “nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Heaven is not an extension of this life as we know it on earth. Our relationships tied to this life are limited by death. In heaven we will not marry or reproduce. As Christ is the Son of God by His resurrection, believers will be son’s of God by our resurrection to eternal life.

Verse 37 – “Now even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised when he called the Lord God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’

Verse 38 – “For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were dead to men, but not to God, because their spirit and souls were alive with Him. Remember, God calls things that are not, as though they were.

Christ Questions the Scribes

Verse 39 – Then some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”

Verse 40 – But after that they dared not question Him anymore.

Verse 41 – And He said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s Son?

Verse 42 – “Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,

Verse 43 – till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ‘

Verse 44 – “David therefore calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?”

In other words; How can He be both Lord and Son? The Pharisees knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of David, but they did not understand that He would be more than a human descendant – He was God in the flesh! Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1 to show that David knew that the Messiah would be both human and divine.

The point being: Whom do we say Jesus is? Other spiritual questions are irrelevant unless we first decide to believe Jesus is who He says He is.

Verse 45 – Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to the disciples,

Verse 46 – “Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,

Verse 47 – “who devour widows houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Beware of rich evangelist who are always begging for money, but yet they themselves live like kings, never spending the money on anyone else but themselves. This is what the Sadducees and Pharisees did.

 

 

 

 

Luke – Chapter 19

Zacchaeus

Verse 1 – Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

Verse 2 – Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was chief tax collector, and he was rich.

Verse 3 – And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short nature.

Verse 4 – So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.

Tax collectors were among the most despised people in Israel. They worked for the Roman government and were considered traitors. It was also well-known that the tax collectors were rich because they gouged their fellow Jews on taxes.

Verse 5 – And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.

Jesus knew not only that Zacchaeus was above Him in the tree, but knew his name! So you can already guess Jesus knew what the man did for a living.

Verse 6 – So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

Verse 7 – But when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

Yes, he was a sinner, but people who live in “glass houses” shouldn’t throw rocks!

Verse 8 – Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

Look what Zacchaeus was willing to do, and he had just met Jesus. Before Jesus said anything about what Zacchaeus had done wrong, He was willing to go to this sinner’s house. In the presence of Jesus, we will know what we have to do to get our hearts right along with our behavior.

Verse 9 – And Jesus said to Him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;

By Jesus stating Zacchaeus was a son of Abraham, He informed the surrounding Jews, that even though they were a descendant, they could be lost.

Verse 10 – “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

Verse 11 – Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

Verse 12 – Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.

Verse 13 – “So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

Verse 14 – “But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him saying, ‘We will not have this man reign over us.’

Verse 15 – “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Jesus is talking about Himself, having to return to heaven, but letting them know He will return. This is also a warning to those who despised Him while He was among them on earth and when He returns.

Verse 16 – “Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’

“Look, I have fully multiplied what you have given me to use for Your kingdom!”

Verse 17 – “And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

Verse 18 – “And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’

Verse 19 – “Like wise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’

Verse 20 – “And another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have put away in a handkerchief.

Verse 21 – ‘For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’

“Here Lord, I give you back exactly what you gave me to start with. I never studied Your word so that I could lead anyone to You. It took too much time. I didn’t see any reason to ever go past the “born-again” thing.”

Verse 22 – “And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.

Why exactly was this master so hard on this servant? (1) Because he didn’t share his master’s interest in the kingdom. (2) He didn’t trust the master’s intentions. (3) His only concern was for himself. ( 4) He didn’t make good use of the money that was given him. (5) And , he wasn’t looking for the master’s return. God has given us gifts to be used to further His kingdom. Are we interested in seeing His kingdom grow? Do we trust God to order our steps? Are we willing to share what He’s given us with others?

Verse 23 – ‘Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’

Verse 24 – “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’

Verse 25 – (“But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’)

Verse 26 – ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given, and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

Verse 27 – ‘But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’ ”

There is a great reward to those who stay faithful to the Lord in what He has given them. He will multiply what He has given you and to those who do not use what He has given, will be taken away what little they have. Likewise, those which don’t want Christ to reign over their lives, will be severely punished. If you don’t want anything to do with Christ while living here on earth, what makes a person think they will go to heaven when they die? If you are not living for Christ, you are considered an enemy of God.

The Triumphal Entry

Verse 28 – When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Verse 29 – And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples,

Verse 30 – saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose him and bring him here.

Verse 31 – “And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing him?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of him.’ ”

Verse 32 – So those who were sent departed and found it just as He had said to them.

Verse 33 – But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”

Verse 34 – And they said, “The Lord has need of him.”

Verse 35 – Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own garments on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.

Verse 36 – And as He went, they spread their clothes on the road.

This prophecy of Zachariah 9:9, was being fulfilled right before their eyes. However, the perception of the people was much different from what would actually happen. Their thinking was too small, because they thought He had come to liberate them from the suppression of the Roman government. But His real intention would free all mankind from sin and the oppression of Satan through His death and resurrection.

Verse 37 – Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,

Verse 38 – saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Verse 39 – And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

Verse 40 – But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The Pharisees thought what the crowd and the disciples cried out was sacrilegious and blasphemous. They didn’t want anyone to challenge their power and authority. They had missed the true meaning entirely. Jesus was about to establish an eternal kingdom, not a political one.

Verse 41 – Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

Verse 42 – saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

Verse 43 – “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,

Verse 44 – “and level you, and your children within you , to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

About 40 years after Jesus said these words, they came true. In A.D. 66, the Jews revolted against Roman control. Three years later Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, was sent to crush the rebellion. Roman soldiers attacked Jerusalem and broke through the northern wall, but still couldn’t take the city. Finally they laid siege to it, and in A.D. 70, they ere able to enter the severely weakened city and burn it. Six hundred thousand Jews were killed during this rage.

It is impossible to number how many Jews were killed during the Holocaust of WWII, but the estimation is around 6 million, 1.1 million children, and 4 million Gentiles. The Jewish people have been persecuted and killed form the beginning of history for their belief in the One True God of Israel.

Cleansing the Temple

Verse 45 – Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

The court of the Gentiles in the temple complex was where sacrificial animals were being sold for outrageously high prices. Who knows how long or when this practice had been started. These were the money changers. When you came into the temple, the priest would only accept temple money, not foreign currency. Then the people could buy the animals that were to be sacrificed.

I went to a church for several years and after some time, every function they had where people would gather for fellowship, cost money. There was always a charge to attend. So you could imagine only those who could afford it went. There was no difference in what went on in Jesus day as there is today in some places of worship.

Verse 46 – saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

Verse 47 – And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,

Verse 48 – and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.

 

 

 

Luke – Chapter 18

Parable of the Woman and the Judge

Verse 1 – Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

This parable speaks to the common tendency to become discouraged and stop praying before we see an answer.

Verse 2 – saying, “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.

Verse 3 – “Now there was a widow in that city; and she came saying, ‘Avenge me of my adversary.’

The judge was not a religious or compassionate man. A widow in that culture was almost always helpless. Her only hope was that her persistent plea for justice would be granted.

Verse 4 – “And he would not for a while; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,

Verse 5 – ‘yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”

Verse 6 – Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.

Verse 7 – “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?

If unjust judges respond to constant pressure, how much more will a great and loving God respond to us? When we know He loves us, we know He hears us!

Verse 8 – “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

At the time right before Christ’s second coming, will genuine faith be found?

Parable of the Pharisees and the Tax Collectors

Verse 9 – Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Verse 10 – “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

Verse 11 – “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortion, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. (Thank You Lord, that I’m better than everyone else.)

Verse 12 – ‘I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I possess – (I, I, I.)

That is nothing more than a self-righteous announcement to God of who the Pharisee is in his own eyes. That spirit of Pride in that Pharisee and is exactly what stops many from repenting. They never look at their own sin or faults. They only compare themselves to others, making them think more highly of themselves than they ought. We don’t come to God with a list of all the things we do right or how great we have been. God sees the heart, intentions and motives behind what we do.

Verse 13 – “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner!’

Verse 14 – “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

By contrast, the tax collector knew that as a sinner, deserved God’s wrath. Jesus emphasized that God’s justification is available to the humble, while self-exalting people will be brought low.

Verse 15 – Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when His disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

Verse 16 – But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verse 17 – “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God, the King Messiah, the doctrines of the Gospel, and the ordinances of it, even the whole Gospel dispensation, as a little child, without prejudice, pride , ambition, and vanity, only with meekness, and humility; shall in no wise enter in.

Rich Young Ruler

Verse 18 – Now a certain ruler asked Him saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Verse 19 – So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

Verse 20 – “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery; ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”

Verse 21 – And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.”

Verse 22 – So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow me.”

Verse 23 – But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.

And there lies the heart of the matter. God sees us doing all the right ordinances by His laws, but He also sees the intentions and motives behind them. When it comes to money, are we willing to sacrifice what we own or accumulate, for treasures in heaven? Keep in mind: “God can’t multiply what is in our hands unless we first release it to Him.

Verse 24 – And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!

Verse 25 – “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Jesus contradicted the conventional wisdom that those with wealth were blessed by God and would certainly go to heaven.

Verse 26 – And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”

Verse 27 – But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

We often find that people who have everything, have no need for God. However, when these same people realize they cannot be saved by their own efforts, God does the impossible when they cry out to Him, and by His saving Grace, He answers them, rich or poor.

Christ Will Reward Sacrifice

Verse 28 – Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”

Verse 29 – So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,

Verse 30 – “who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come everlasting life.”

Some, as the disciples did, have to give up their secular jobs to follow Christ. Some even give up their families because of their disapproval of them being a follower. However, not only will they be rewarded in this life, they also gain eternal life with the King of Kings.

Christ Foretells His Death and Resurrection

Verse 31 – Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.

Verse 32 – “For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.

Verse 33 – “And they will scourge Him and put Him to death. And the third day He will rise again.”

Verse 34 – But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.

Try to imagine being one of the disciples and hearing your friend and teacher of the past three years, talking about their death. It would be hard to focus on anything after that. But, they weren’t comprehending what He said after that, that He would rise on the third day.

For instance: We know all the prophecies about the end times, if you have studied, but we don’t know when or exactly how they will play out. Will we realize the events when they begin to happen? Only if you are looking for them.

Verse 35 – Then it happened, that as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.

Verse 36 – And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.

Verse 37 – So they told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.

Verse 38 – And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on Me!”

When Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus, Son of David,” he knew it meant that Jesus was the Messiah.

Verse 39 – Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Are we willing to cry out in boldness in order to get the Savior’s attention? Too many times people will continue to sit and be silent, instead of doing what is necessary to be healed. They care too much what others will think of them.

Verse 40 – So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,

Verse 41 – saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

Verse 42 – Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.”

Verse 43 – And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

All these people had to see this miracle first before they praised God, but Bartimaeus knew Jesus was the Messiah before he saw anything – faith!