The Gospel According To Luke

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…

The Transfiguration Part 1 – Glory & Grace

Luke 9:27-36 — “As he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering…and they saw his glory…” The Transfiguration is an event in Jesus’ life that many of us are familiar with, but do we know what it was all about? Why did Jesus take three of His disciples up…

Will He Be Ashamed Of You?

Luke 9:26 — “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory…” It’s a chilling thought that Jesus might be ashamed of us when He returns. It will depend upon whether we are ashamed of Him, and…

What Is A Man Advantaged?

Luke 9:25 — “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” Every generation has notable examples of what Jesus was talking about in this verse – people who seemed to have gained the whole world but lost themselves. Their massive success brought them only superficial,…

What It Means To Be A Christian

Luke 9:23-24 — “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” The twelve disciples were very keen on following Jesus in what they believed to be His imminent Messianic triumph, but their expectations were narrow and naive. Before exaltation and glory there was to be…