The Gospel According to Luke is the third and the longest of the four Gospel accounts. In addition to being the longest of the four Gospels, it is also the longest book in the New Testament.
Our plans and timing do not always work out. Have you ever been at the right place at the wrong time? Or the wrong place at the right time?
Luke begins this passage by describing the setting and the scene of our Lord’s birth. He begins by saying, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered” (2:1).
Since the birth of Christ and Mary’s interaction with Simeon, twelve years have now passed. Jesus has grown from being a baby to becoming a twelve-year-old boy.
Imagine the horrifying experience of driving on the wrong side of a busy road, and then to be confronted with a sign, “Wrong Way, Go Back”.
Over the years there has been an increasing interest in family ancestry. Some people spend a lot of time learning about their lineage and many love to talk about their heritage as they find out some special relative.
Life is filled with temptations. These temptations can be small and they can be substantial. Temptation that you experience may be a real trial for you, but for others it may be merely trivial, and vice versa.
The experience of rejection can be really tough. Perhaps you received a rejection in a job application, in not being selected in a sports team, or even in a relationship.
Career changes are not that uncommon these days and there are all sorts of reasons why people may change their career. In addition to common career changes, it is very interesting to hear about those that have a radical career change.
There is a promise of life-changing power that is not fake. It is real. It is the life-changing power that Jesus Christ provides. In this passage we see two demonstrations of the life changing power of Jesus. These two powerful acts point to what Jesus will do in the lives of those He has come to save.
The word “joy” can mean all sorts of things depending on the context it is used in. But when it comes to the context of Christian living, what does it mean to have joy? The theme of joy is spread through God’s Word. David concluded Psalm 32 with these words, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11).
Man-made religion with all its rules, restrictions, and regulations is powerless to save sinners. It cannot provide forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and eternal life. Yet, so many people are enslaved to external religion.
The ministry of Jesus Christ is not limited to what He did as recorded in the Gospels. His ministry is still happening right now. And His ministry is leading to an exciting highpoint when He returns and ushers in a kingdom that will have no end. His ministry right now includes a lot. He is upholding the entire universe by the power of His word (Heb. 1:3).
The word “love” means so many different things in our culture. What is love? It is often understood to be a feeling, an affection, sexual desire, or simply to like. It can mean all sorts of things depending on the situation.
This conclusion to Jesus’ sermon is a call for us to examine ourselves. This passage is rather confronting and alarming because the unbelievers Jesus describes in this passage are those that think that they are saved.
The word "amazing" is used in so many different ways. "Look at my slice of chocolate cake" one person says. The reply? "That is amazing". "I bought a new house", and again, the reply is "That is amazing". Perhaps someone rescued another person from danger, some will reply "That is amazing".
In this passage we are going learn about Jesus and death. We will see the sovereign control, sensitive compassion, and straightforward command of Jesus as He brings the widow’s son back to life.
There will be times in every Christian’s life when they experience the darkness of doubt. In this passage (Luke 7:18-35) we will learn about Jesus’ response to the doubt experienced by John the Baptist and also His response to the disbelief of the people.
In Luke 7:36-50 we are introduced to an unnamed woman. None of her words are recorded, but her actions speak volumes. Her life has been radically transformed by the forgiveness Jesus Christ provides. In this message we will walk through the drama of this passage by considering four scenes: the setting, the sinner, the scoffing, and the story.
We are told that the seed in the parable represents God’s Word (8:11), which is the same Word that contains the good news of the Kingdom of God that Jesus has been preaching (cf. 8:1). And the four different soils represent four different responses to the message of the good news. In this message we will consider the stubborn (8:12), the shallow (8:13), the strangled (8:14), and the saved (8:15).
If we just listen, we can learn a lot. The Bible repeatedly gives us instruction to listen to God’s Word. In the seven letters Jesus wrote to the seven churches, a repeated line at the end of each of them is “he that has an hear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2-3).
Jesus is Lord over all. His authority extends to everything in the universe. There is nothing that His sovereign power isn’t over. This includes the disturbances and disasters in nature. Since the invasion of sin in the world disasters have become a normal part of life.
The Bible teaches us that Satan is the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4) and that the unbelieving world lies under his sway (1 John 5:19). Those that have not found forgiveness in Jesus Christ are held captive in Satan’s kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13). But the Son of God came into this world “to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). He with His Divine authority breaks into this dark kingdom and sets captives free.
Disease and death are horrible. To see someone debilitated as a result of chronic disease or someone grieving because of death ought to fill us with a deep sense of compassion. Disease and death are not pleasant topics. But disease and death are real and rampant. Both of these realities are in the world because of the curse.