The Gospel According To Luke

Unbelief Beyond Belief

Luke 11:14-20 — “Some of them said, He [Jesus] casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils…” This accusation was the most thorough repudiation possible of Jesus’ claims, as well as a terrible assault on His character. He was not only a fraud, said these men, but in league with the Devil. The depth…

Expecting A Scorpion

Luke 11:11-13 — “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? …Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?…” In these familiar verses, Jesus encourages His disciples to pray by emphasising the loving heart of their Heavenly Father. If they were…

Pray

Luke 11:5-10 — “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…” Jesus prefaced these famous words with an illustration of a man who shamelessly persisted in asking his friend for bread. He knocked on his friend’s door at midnight and wouldn’t take “no”…

Teach Us To Pray

Luke 11:1-4 — “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray…” In reply to this disciple’s request Jesus gave what we know as the “Lord’s Prayer.” He gave it as part of His Sermon on…

Worrying Yourself Away From Jesus

Luke 10:38-42 — “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things…” What was Martha’s mistake? What prompted Jesus to gently rebuke her when she asked Him to order her sister Mary to help her in the kitchen? That’s the question we seek to answer as we work…

The Bad Lawyer

Luke 10:25-37 — “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?…” The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known in the New Testament. It has much to teach us about loving our neighbour and overcoming prejudice, but is that really…

The Holy Spirit Joy Of Jesus Christ

Luke 10:21-24 — “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” There are very few examples in the Gospels where Jesus is seen rejoicing. In this text we have one of them and we see that He expressed His joy outwardly and overtly in praise…

Missing The Point And Becoming Proud

Luke 10:17-20 — “In this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” The seventy disciples returned from their mission in Galilee and they were excited, not about the people who’d been converted, but about the power they had exercised. They were at risk of…

More Tolerable For Sodom – Part 2

Luke 10:12-16 — “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me…” These were Jesus’ final words before sending out the seventy disciples into Galilee to preach the Gospel. They contain a truth that would cause them to be careful in their proclamation and also give them great encouragement. This truth applies…