The Gospel According To Luke

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…

The Christ Must Be Killed

Luke 9:18-22 — “Whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.” Peter’s confession is the foundation of the church. If a person doesn’t share Peter’s belief concerning the identity of Jesus then they cannot call themself a Christian! But what exactly did Peter mean when He said this? What did Peter…

A Day Off Interrupted

Luke 9:10-17 — In this text we have what is probably Jesus’ most famous miracle, the feeding of the 5,000. It is a story many of heard for the first time as little children and we know it well, but have you ever considered the context? Have you thought about what Jesus was doing in…

The Silent Screaming Of A Guilty Conscience

Luke 9:7-9 — “Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed…” As reports about Jesus filtered into Herod’s court, speculation swirled as to the identity of this miracle-working teacher. There were those who believed it was John the Baptist risen from the dead and eventually this is what…

Don’t Pack Your Bags?

Luke 9:1-6 — “Take nothing for your journey…” In this familiar story we see Jesus sending His twelve disciples into the towns and villages of Galilee to preach the kingdom of God. Today we might say that Jesus sent them on a ‘mission trip’, but curiously, He told them not to pack anything. At first glance this…