Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:37-38
Often you will hear Christians say “Don’t judge me!” or you have no right to judge people? So is this correct theology? Well sort of, first issue is people often stop with verse 37 and don’t read the rest of the paragraph to get the full context of Jesus teaching. First thing to say we don’t judge anyone would be hypocritical. Its human nature to judge people, as soon as someone walks in the room , you are already making judgements, which we get the concept of “first impressions”
Now am I saying we should go around condemning people of their sin, no of course not. Most people are not even Christian or believe in God, so condemning people by the law of God wouldnt be very logical if they don’t first believe in God. Secondly , if you are a Christian, think about how you were before you were saved. You probably were a sinner like me, who didn’t really understand or know right from wrong until you found Jesus.
Notice Jesus says “For the same measure you judge, you will be judged also” Have some compassion and mercy on the unsaved, they might not even realize that they are sinning to begin with, lead them to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit convict them of their sin!
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. Luke 6:39-42
Now Jesus’ second part of this teaching is “Don’t be a hypocrite” Don’t tell someone to follow Jesus if your living in sin yourself. Don’t point out the speck (sin) in someones eye when you have a log (greater sin) in your own eye. Practice what you preach! How can the blind (sinner) lead the blind (sinner). So before you are going to judge someone, stop and reflect upon yourself, are you really able to make this judgement?
The reality is judgement is a part of life, you can tell people not to judge you, however in the end God is going to judge you regardless. Are you ready to stand before God with the wages of your life? The only way to be ready is to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and baptised by the Holy Spirit! Get right with God, come to Jesus and be able to stand in judgement Amen!
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.Luke 6:27-31
If you think being a Christian is easy, think again! It’s easy to love your family or maybe even your neighbor, but to love your enemy is extremely difficult. Jesus even goes on to say “If someone strikes you on one side of the face, let them strike you on the other side”, what!? This goes against our human nature, we don’t want anyone to get the best of us or to disrespect us! Now are we starting to see how difficult it is to be a Christian!
Jesus says “If anyone asks for something, give it to them, and don’t even expect it back in return” Often when we donate or lend something to someone, we expect something in return. We want recognition or repayment, we want everyone to pat us on the back for doing something good. We shouldn’t expect any of this, just give it away!
Jesus is setting the standard for Christian living, how many of us fall short of this lifestyle? Probably all of us , if were being honest, Lord have mercy on us! But this is the standard Christ has set for us, and we should strive to get to this standard that Jesus expects of us. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”!
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:32-36
You say well I love my family and I’ll give to those who are worthy, but Jesus says so what! Even the unsaved love their families and even the unsaved give to charity, so why do you think your better than them? Christ is demanding a higher standard for us! Jesus delivered you from sin and death, so go the extra mile, carry your cross, and follow Christ!
Jesus says “Expect Nothing in return” , wow we should just love and give with no strings attached, imagine the concept. Christ died for us , even when we still were sinners and wicked (Romans 5:8) Be merciful because God is merciful
So do you think its easy being a Christian now? No, this is why we need Jesus every moment, every minute, every second of our lives. Without the Holy Spirit we can do nothing to please God, go the extra mile, love those who even hate your guys, give to those who dont even deserve it, put all your faith and trust in Jesus Christ , Amen!
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets Luke 6:20-23
Here we take a look at Jesus “sermon on the mount” or also known as the “Beatitudes”, now this can also be found in the gospel of Matthew 5, some people believe these Beatitudes are really the total summarization of the Torah. However you interpret them, these are the standards Christ has laid out for our lives. I think it’s important when you interpret them, that you look at them from a spiritual perspective and not just a physical
We see this clearly when Jesus says we are blessed because we are poor, hungry, mourning, and hated. Now obviously from a natural perspective this makes no sense, however from a spiritual perspective , it makes perfect sense. As I explain in my commentary on the Beatitudes, Jesus is talking about God’s Kingdom to come (Revelation 21, Isaiah 65) the New Heavens and Earth, where there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death! So those “poor in spirit” or suffering can rejoice, because Christ has delivered them!
Same thing will those who “hunger for righteousness” , God is just and the redeemer. He is going to bring justice to the world, there will no longer be corruption or persecution from a wicked government. God is making all things New (Revelation 21). As Jesus says “Great is your reward in Heaven” , God knows your pain, He knows your persecution, He knows your suffering, when Christ returns He is going to bring true Justice and Peace to the world through the King of Kings and Lord of Lords , Jesus Christ!
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. Luke 6:24-27
But now comes the “Woes” , when you see the word Woe in the Bible, it’s basically the greatest proclamation of judgement upon someone. Who are condemned? Basically those who love this world and hate God. Don’t put your faith in your money, or your job, or your government, your faith needs to be in Christ alone! Only Jesus can save your soul, nothing in this world can, and everything in this world is temporary and will eventually fade away. Jesus is giving and declaring eternal hope for his people and condemnation upon the world
Christ is coming back soon, those who love this world are enemies of God (1 John 2:15) Be prepared for The Lord’s return, get Born Again through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Walk in the newness of life, serving the Lord and not yourself, keep your lamps lit Amen!
And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Luke 6:1-5
One of the many titles of Jesus we probably dont think about that much is “Lord of the Sabbath ” , what does that mean? Well when the religious leaders decided to accuse Jesus and his disciples of “breaking the Sabbath” he decided to reveal some things to them. First Jesus references a story about David, who actually ate the showbread from the Temple, which is against the Torah
However, how many Jews today point out that David broke the Torah? Most Rabbis won’t mention this as David is highly regarded by the Jews. The point Jesus is making is, these religious leaders are hypocrites! The rabbis want to call out Jesus and his disciples from eating corn on the Sabbath, but yet are ok with David eating the holy showbread from the Temple.
Jesus revealed to them , He is the Son of Man (Daniel 7) and He is the Lord of the Sabbath! Jesus can’t “break the Sabbath” because Jesus is the Sabbath, Jesus is our Rest (Hebrews 4, Matthew 11:28)
And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? Luke 6:6-9
Then Jesus did an unimaginable thing, note the sarcasm, he healed a man on the Sabbath! Now a few things here, first Jesus is revealing his deity by healing the man, secondly , Jesus is revealing he is Lord of the Sabbath, by “breaking the Sabbath” to heal a man
Notice Jesus knows the evil thoughts of the religious leaders and calls them out on it. Jesus says “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or evil”? The Sabbath is not a legalistic issue its a moral issue
And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. Luke 6:10-11
Now notice the religious leader’s reaction here, Jesus healed a man, and instead of them praising God , they were “filled with madness” , they were enraged because Jesus healed on the Sabbath, do you think their hearts are right with God? And instead of understanding that the Son of Man, the Christ was standing right before them, they plotted to kill the Lord of the Sabbath
Many people still today, try to make the Sabbath a legal issue. Where is your heart? If Jesus healed on the Sabbath , are you going to condemn him also? Jesus is Lord of The Sabbath, and Lord over You! Find your rest in Christ, and not in legalism Amen!
And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. Luke 5:36-37
Jesus said in John 3 “You must be Born Again to see the Kingdom of Heaven” well I believe this parable is teaching about the same concept. Of course before we can interpret the parable, we need to understand the concept of the parable. In the first century it was practice to store their “new wine” into a new wine skin. When the wine was gone, they threw away the old wine skin, they didn’t reuse it for new wine again
Jesus was using this parable to reflect upon our conversions of becoming Born Again. The New Wine represents the Holy Spirit. It reminds us of Jesus first miracle , when he turned water into wine, this was the beginning of his ministry, this was the beginning of the New Covenant. God can’t pour New Wine into Old Wine Skins. The Holy Spirit must dwell in a Holy Space, you must become Born Again to see Heaven
Notice Jesus says “and the bottles shall perish” the old wine skins will perish. Unless you are Born Again through Jesus Christ, you will perish. You must become Born Again, you must become a New Creation, you must have a New Wineskin to pour the Holy Spirit upon You!
But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. Luke 5:38-39
The New Wine (Holy Spirit) must be poured into New Bottles (Born Again) God can’t be in the presence of Sin, you must become Born Again to be saved (John 3) Jesus demonstrates this illustration with wine. As the Bible says “Get drunk on the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) Anyone who has become Born Again never wants to go back to their carnal self. Anyone who falls away has never been Born Again to begin with
We can’t work our way into Heaven, we can’t earn our salvation, we must become Born Again. The New Wine , the Holy Spirit will be poured out inside of you by our Lord Jesus Christ! Are you preparing yourself to be made new by Christ? Amen!