Monthly Archives: October 2021

Luke 11- Jesus Rebukes The Religious Leaders Part 1

And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. Luke 11:39-41

A Pharisee (religious leader) invited Jesus to eat with him one day, well so much for proper dinner manners, Jesus revealed what he thought of the religious leaders of this time period and their religion. The Pharisee was initially offended because Jesus didn’t wash his hands before eating, Christ purposely did this to explain a deeper understanding of cleanliness

You see, the religious leaders thought they were clean and pure because they washed their hands and avoided outside contaminations. But as Jesus said to them “Inward you are full of wickedness” You see being clean before God is not about washing your hands or other rituals, it’s about becoming Born Again and having a clean heart and mind

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. Luke 11:42-44

Now we see Jesus starting to give the religious leaders some “Woes’ ‘, it’s important to note that Woe in the Bible is a term of judgement, it’s one of the strongest words that can be used against you. Jesus was bringing judgement upon the religious leaders and their corrupt religious system. 

Jesus is condemning the religious leaders hypocritical practices, as wanting money, power , and status, and not really caring about following the true Law of God. The religious leaders believed they appeared to be high and mighty, however their appearance to God is “white washed tombs” (Matthew 23:27)

Luke 11- You Are The Light

No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:33-34

Jesus said “You are the light of the world, a city on a hill can’t be hidden” (Matthew 5:14) This is the same context, Jesus is teaching us here, you are the light and can’t be hidden from the world. In fact, when the world sees the light inside of you, the world is attracted to you, sometimes for good other times for bad. When you are washed by the blood of Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit, you shine to this dark world. 

When you light a candle or turn on a lamp, you don’t cover that light, so why do you try to hide the light inside of you! The world is offended by the light, why? Because the light exposes the darkness of sin in this world. Nobody living in darkness wants to be confronted and exposed by the light of Jesus

Don’t allow your light to be put out, don’t allow the darkness of this world to invade your soul. In order to keep the light shining, you need to keep being filled with oil (Matthew 25) The Holy Spirit, let the light of Christ burn brightly inside of You

Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. Luke 11:35-36

Take no part in the darkness, therefore you shall be full of light! The world will try to take away your light, the world wants you to be filled with darkness, however put on the “Armor of God” and resist the Devil. Be The Light that Jesus called you to be, show the world the light of Jesus Christ

We have a calling by Jesus, to fulfill the great commission to preach the gospel to all the nations (Matthew 28) Be the Light of the world, shine the light of Jesus to everyone who needs to hear the good news! Amen!

Luke 11- Sign of Jonah

And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. Luke 11:29-30

Throughout the history of creation , people are looking for a sign. When Jesus was on Earth, the Jews were demanding a sign from Christ, even though Jesus was the sign. He is the Bread that came down from Heaven, the Manna from God (John 6) However either the people didn’t understand the fulfillment of Jesus or they didn’t want to 

So Jesus told them the sign of Jonah was already given to you. Now his Jewish audience would be familiar with the prophet Jonah and his story. However again, they didn’t understand what Jesus was revealing to them, and I think most Christians even today don’t understand the relevance of Jonah with the coming of Christ

A couple quick points to make so you understand how Jonah was a foreshadow of Christ. First, the mission of Jonah was to preach to the Ninevites, who were Gentiles. This is a foreshadow of the New Covenant , and also a reason why Jonah didn’t want to preach to Gentiles. Secondly, the Ninevites came to salvation through repentance and faith in God. God spared the Ninevites based on them repenting and putting their faith in Him, the same that we are saved through Christ. Lastly, when Jonah was swallowed in the whales and spit out after 3 days, was a foreshadow of Christ’s resurrection in the tomb. (Matthew 12:40) 

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. Luke 11:31-32

Jesus is revealing here, that the Old Testament and all of its prophets and patriarchs, are a foreshadow of himself. As we know King Solomon was the wisest man to live (1 Kings 4:30) However Jesus says “ A greater Solomon is here” , revealing Jesus is the wisest man to ever live, of course because He is the Son of God. However Solomon’s wisdom and teachings were just a foreshadow of the Messiah to come

Next Jesus says “A greater Jonah is here” ,  meaning Jesus is going to preach to the entire world about repentance and salvation. Not only that Jesus spent 3 days in the grave, not a whale and rose from the dead forever, defeating sin and death. Jonah was just another foreshadow of the Messiah to come

However that generation is this generation today still demand a sign. Even though Christ rose from the dead, we still demand proof of Gods existence, oh this wicked and perverse generation, Jesus is the sign, repent or perish! Amen!

Luke 11- A House Divided

But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luke 11:17-20

Just to lay the groundwork for this teaching, before Jesus made these statements he removed a demon from a man. Some of the witnesses to this event , accused Jesus of being Beelzebul, which is the prince of demons. Jesus was about to destroy their bad logic of why would satan defeat satan

Jesus said “Every kingdom and house divided will fall” , so how does it make any logic sense to accuse Jesus of being a demon, when Jesus is defeating the demons? This important principle should be understood and applied to the Church today. A Church divided will fall, today we have over 40,000 different denominations. So how can the Body of Christ be successful today , when it continues to fight among itself?

Another strong message that Jesus is sending here, the clear evidence that Satan is defeated proves that “The Kingdom of God is upon you” When Christ came to Earth, he not only defeated sin and death, but Jesus also defeated Satan, forever. The Kingdom of God is present through Christ, through the Holy Spirit, and should be present through you, the Church. The Kingdom of God is at hand!

When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Luke 11:21-23

Jesus makes it clear, Satan was defeated at the cross, and now that he’s defeated he’s dividing his spoils. Satan knows his time is limited and is trying to take as many souls as possible with him. Don’t be deceived by the great deceiver, put your faith in Jesus Christ alone!

Anyone who is not with Christ is against Christ, period. You are either born again or dead in your sins, end of story. There is no middle ground when it comes to salvation. You are either saved or condemned. The only way to salvation is through Christ alone (John 14:6) 

Luke 11- Seek Christ

And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. Luke 11:5-8

Often people will say “God is so far away” or “ I don’t feel close to God” , however as Jesus’ teaching reveals to us, God wants us to seek him. Are you seeking Christ today? Are you knocking on God’s door expecting an answer? As the Bible says “You don’t receive because you don’t ask” (James 4:3) If you are not seeking God, then you will not find God. You must be seeking inorder to find, and the only way to find God is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

Jesus tells us a story about someone who knocks on their friends house late at night asking for food, and the friends response is “its late at night, stop bothering me”. Most likely we would never have bothered a friend or neighbor late at night, unless it was an emergency. However, because the person was persistent in requesting their needs, the friend gave them what they wanted.

What is Jesus trying to teach us here? Well for starters God is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is never a time when you are “bothering” God. Secondly, be persistent in your pursuit of God. Just as the person kept persistently bothering their friend , keep knocking on the door, keep seeking Christ in all your needs, small or great

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:9-13

Jesus is telling us to seek Him, Jesus is telling us to knock on the door and He will answer. These are promises written by God, even in the darkest hours of the night, even for the smallest reasons, cry out to The Lord and he will answer you. I know you may doubt this or not believe, but if you don’t ask you won’t receive. Faith begins with a step forward, a knock on the door of Christ

Think about how we love to buy people great gifts, why? Because it makes them happy and we feel a sense of satisfaction when they receive them. God feels the same way about you. God is willing to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit, the greatest power in the universe, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:15) the same power living inside of You

Seek Christ, ask for The Lord to answer your calling, Jesus wants to give you the greatest gift of eternal life and the Holy Spirit! Call upon The Lord and you shall be saved Amen!