The Gospel According To Luke

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…

More Tolerable For Sodom – Part 1

Luke 10:12-16 — “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented.” In His closing instructions to the seventy disciples, Jesus turned His attention to three towns in Galilee where He had…

Lambs Among Wolves

Luke 10:1-12 — “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves…” There has been much discussion among evangelical Christians about religious freedom and freedom of speech. Many are concerned that we may no longer have the ability to proclaim the Christian message in the public square. Could we be entering a season…

Other Things First

Luke 9:57-62 — “Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first…” In this passage we witness Jesus’ interaction with three disciples who expressed a desire to follow Him. Rather than affirming the first disciple, Jesus told him what following Him would cost. The second and third disciple each offered an excuse as to why they…

Not In Harmony With Jesus

Luke 9:51-56 — “But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” As Jesus made His way to Jerusalem there was a Samaritan village that refused to receive Him. In response to…

That Ugly Sectarian Spirit

Luke 9:49-50 — “Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” The disciples had tried to stop a man from doing ministry in Jesus’ name because he was not part of their group. Jesus rebuked the disciples and went on to tell them how they ought to think…

Greatness

Luke 9:46-48 — “Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me…for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” The disciples were arguing over which one of them should be the greatest in the Messianic Kingdom. Their idea of greatness was shaped by the world around them and by…

A Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Luke 9:43-45 — “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them…” Jesus told His disciples plainly that He was going to die and yet they didn’t understand. This was because the meaning…

Holy Frustration & A Loving Heart

Luke 9:37-43a – “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you?…” When we read the Bible, sometimes we come across situations that make us very uncomfortable and that are almost impossible to explain. We have an example in this text from the Gospel of Luke. It records Jesus’ interaction…