Category Archives: Jesus

Luke 8- Sowers of Christ

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Luke 8:5-8

Some people wonder why, when you preach the gospel of Jesus to some people, they receive it and it changes their life. While others can hear the gospel and they reject it and it makes no difference in their lives. Jesus explains this in a parable, basically people are like different soil. Some people are like good soil, they hear the word of God and it becomes planted and they become fruitful for God. Some don’t receive the word of God at all and it falls by the way side. Some receive the gospel , but as soon as a problem or trial comes in their life, they quickly forget about the gospel. And some are choked out by the thorns, who are influenced by Satan and his demons

Yes the word of God or gospel of Jesus Christ, is like a seed. We are to be sowers of Christ. We are to share the good news about Jesus to everyone, some will receive it and others will reject it. But we don’t know who is going to receive it or reject it. That’s why we must preach to everyone just as Jesus commanded in the Great Commision (Matthew 28:19) We must also remember , sowing the seed of the gospel most times takes time to show growth. You may be preaching and feel like your not seeing any results, but the seed is being planted, and is taking root in certain people. Eventually you will see a harvest for your labor

And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:9-15

The nice thing about this parable is Jesus actually explains it for us, so we don’t need to guess. As Jesus says “The seed is the Word of God” when you understand that, you understand why its important for us to preach the gospel at all times. Jesus then explains the different reactions from different people. So the question is which one are you? Have you truly received the gospel and allowing it to produce fruits of righteousness? Or are you one who allows this world or Satan to separate you from the love of Christ? 

We need to be “Sowers of Christ” we need to spread the seed of the gospel, just like farming, if you don’t plant any seeds , nothing will grow, right? Same thing with the gospel, if we don’t share the gospel , we can’t expect a great revival in our communities, this is your responsibility! Go now in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, preach the gospel Amen!

Luke 7- The Sinful Woman

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Luke 7:36-38

There is alot going on in this story, first off notice Jesus was invited to the house of a Pharisee. As you may know a Pharisee , was a religious leader of Israel. So for this man to invite Jesus into his house, he either believes maybe Jesus is the Messiah or he is setting up a trap for Jesus. 

Secondly, we see a woman, who is described as a “sinful” woman. Its funny when we read this as a Christian because we know we are all sinners, however this Pharisee believed he was righteous, he didn’t believe he was a sinner, which is the beginning of his problems.  Anyway the sinful woman brought an expensive bottle of perfume and washed the feet of Jesus and wiped them with her own hair. She literally threw herself at the feet of Jesus, because she knows who he is and what she is

The third thing to understand from this is, this is a prophecy about The Lords death. Most people didn’t understand that the Messiah had to die for our sins, and this woman probably didn’t know that either. But her act of covering The Lords body in perfume , was a foreshadow of his death and memorial

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. Luke 7:39-43

The Pharisee was appalled, “If you are a prophet, how can you let this sinful woman touch you” But Jesus was going to teach the Pharisee about Gods mercy! Jesus gave him a senario and compared sin as debt. As we know the wages of sin are debt! So Jesus said the one God forgives the most is the one who he loves the most. Christ was teaching the Pharisee about grace and mercy of God

And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.Luke 7:44-48

The Pharisee believed he was superior to the sinful woman, he believed he was more righteous and holy. However Jesus corrected him, this woman washed and anointed his feet, God forgives her sin because her love for God is greater. And Jesus did the unthinkable, he forgave the woman of her sin and saved her

Who does this Jesus think he is?  Who can forgive sin but God alone? Jesus is demonstrating his deity, he is revealing he is God in the flesh (John 1:14) and the New Covenant has come Amen!

Luke 7- The Greatest Prophet

And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Luke 7:24-27

In our reading today, Jesus teaches us about who John the Baptist is and why he came here. At first glance many probably thought John the Baptist was just a crazy guy, wearing camel hair clothes and eating locusts. However John was a prophet, and not just a prophet but Jesus called him “the greatest of all prophets” (verse 28) 

So what was the big deal about John? Besides his strange appearance and very strong message of repentance, why was John so important? Well Jesus quoted the prophecies about John in Isaiah and Malachi, John was the prophet to prepare the way for the Messiah. John’s mission was to prepare everyones hearts for the coming of Jesus, by baptism of repentance, and reveal who the Christ is!

For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. Luke 7:28-30

If John came upon the scene today, imagine what most people would say or think about him. However Jesus said “there was no greater prophet born among women” John didn’t care what the world thought about him, he had a mission from God and he was going to fulfill it, even to the point of death, when Herod cut his head off for rebuking his sin

The religious leaders rejected John, not because of his appearance, but because they felt they were already righteous and didn’t want to repent for their sins. These men believed they were so religious, yet didn’t even recognize a prophet from God in front of them. They were all blinded with pride and self righteousness

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! But wisdom is justified of all her children. Luke 7:33-35

The religious leaders claimed John the Baptist was possessed by demons, even though he was a holy prophet of God. Just as the religious leaders killed their own Messiah, crucified him on a cross, because they love their sin and religion, more than they love God

The reason people reject God, is not an evidential issue but its a moral issue. Nobody wanted to repent and change, so they killed off John and Jesus. Unfortunately their delusion forgot that Jesus is the Son of God, and He is Risen forever. One day they will bow their knee to Christ and be sentenced to Hell forever, Worthy is the Lamb , Amen!

Luke 7- Are You The Christ?

And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? Luke 7:18-20

One of the stranger moments in the New Testament is this one, John the Baptist has some of his disciples ask Jesus if He is the Messiah. Now remember John actually baptized Jesus in the Jordan River and the Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus in the form of a dove, and the Father declared “This is my beloved Son” , so how can John have any doubts that Jesus is the Christ?

It just goes to show you, John the Baptist, even though he was a prophet from God, was still a flawed human just like all of us. Even though John was filled with the Holy Spirit, and knew Jesus, his human nature made him doubt what he already knew. What makes it even more interesting is Jesus declared John “the greatest of all prophets” (Luke 7:28) So its amazing the greatest of all prophets is doubting himself, maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves when we don’t understand something or get it wrong!

But maybe you are wondering also, is Jesus the Messiah? How can we confirm that Jesus is the Christ? Well Jesus is going to reveal this to us next!

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. Luke 7:21-22

Jesus quoted Isaiah 61 and displayed that He is the fulfillment of this prophecy. We know Jesus is the Messiah because Isaiah prophesied about him and Jesus fulfilled it. Jesus did everything that Isaiah and all the prophets wrote about, in fact Christ fulfilled over 300 messianic prophecies. 

So when Jesus was going around healing people or raising the dead, he was just doing these things to show off, he was demonstrating that he in fact is the Messiah. Anyone who knows the Old Testament, can identify that Jesus is the Christ, the evidence was made in clear sight

Maybe your not sure who Jesus is, study the Bible! See what was foretold about Jesus and what he accomplished. Read the words of Christ and let the Holy Spirit reveal him to you Amen!

Luke 7- Widows Son

And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. Luke 7:11-14

 The first thing to notice about this story is why Jesus brought the man back to life. Notice it says “The Lord saw her and had compassion on her” Jesus saw this widow, who’s only son just passed away and Christ had great compassion for her. This is The Lord we serve, a Lord of great mercy and compassion!

Also notice how Jesus brought this man back to life, Christ spoke and the man rose from the dead. Does this sound familiar? Genesis maybe? God spoke creation into existence, just as Christ spoke life into this dead man. Jesus has the keys for life and death, He is the only one who can bring us back to life!

And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about. Luke 7:15-17

Imagine being at a funeral, carrying a coffin , and then the dead body comes back to life. This must have been a shocking event for all who were in attendance. Jesus literally rose the dead man back to life, just as he can bring our spiritually dead souls back to life!

Notice what the people said “God has visited his people” Remember before Jesus it was about 400 years since God spoke to Israel through prophets. The people rejoiced as God had finally spoken again to Israel. Not only that He sent the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus Christ to deliver the world from its sin

You might say well I never seen anyone dead come back to life, well I would disagree. If you are born again through Christ , you were brought back to life from the dead. Ask anyone who has been baptised by the Holy Spirit and they will tell you Christ has saved their life Amen!