Category Archives: Jesus

Luke 14- Jesus Heals on The Sabbath Part 2

And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;  Luke 14:1-4

Here again we see Jesus challenging the religious leaders about the Sabbath. Why does Jesus spend so much time challenging the Sabbath? Because the Sabbath was a sign between Israel and God, it was the sign of the Old (Mosaic) Covenant (Exodus 20:20, Exodus 31:13) Jesus is bring the New Covenant , a better Covenant (Hebrews 8:6) Therefor Jesus is our Sabbath Rest, Jesus is our High Priest, Jesus is our sacrifice and atonement for sin

When Jesus challenged the religious leaders about the Sabbath, they remained silent, why? Because they created a religion full of man-made rules and traditions. They took the blessing of God’s Sabbath and used it to control and condemn people. This is not what God intended with the Sabbath, God intended for the Sabbath to bless the Israelites and provide them with needed physical rest of their daily lives

Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath, under the Mosaic Law this would be a violation. But Jesus is Lord of The Sabbath, Christ is introducing His New Covenant, where Christ is our everything!

And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things. Luke 14:5-6

Jesus provided them a practical example of their hypocrisy. If one of their animals fell in the pit on the Sabbath, they would surely rescue the animal, right? Because they need that animal for survival to provide for their families. So if they wouldn’t hesitate to save an animal’s life, why would they hesitate to heal a man? Because it’s not truly about honoring God, their hearts are hardened, they love their religion more than they love God

It’s important to love the Lord God with all your mind, heart, and soul, being religious or zealous about your religion is not going to save your soul from eternal Hell. Its time to understand who Jesus truly is, receive him as your Lord, as your Sabbath, receive him as your everything Amen!

Luke 13- Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. Luke 13:31-33

Jesus makes some very interesting statements in our reading today, first the religious leaders are warning Jesus that King Herod wants to kill him and to get out of Jerusalem. Now are the Pharisees being honest or do they just want Christ to leave them alone? Either way Jesus makes it clear he’s not too concerned with what Herod thinks of him. In fact Jesus uses an interesting term for Herod, he calls him a fox, which in those days was a reference to being feminine. Jesus was calling out Herods immoral lifestyle and weak masculinity

Secondly, Jesus had alot of work to do, he still had demons to get rid of and people to heal. Jesus wasn’t concerned about Herod’s agenda or the Pharisees agenda. Notice Jesus says “On the 3rd day I will be perfected” , Christ is prophesying about his own resurrection. 

Jesus makes another very interesting statement “It cannot be that a prophet perishes outside of Jerusalem” , as we know prophets and apostles have died outside of Jerusalem, so what is Jesus referring to? First , I think he is prophesying about his own death on the cross, secondly I think he is referring to the accountability Israel has for the death of the prophets. Jesus made it clear throughout his ministry, that Israel was responsible for the death of God’s prophets (Luke 11:49-51)

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Luke 13:34-35

Jesus mourns over Jerusalem, remember Jerusalem means City of God, this was the only place on Earth that Gods resided until Christ came. But the religious leaders corrupted God’s Holy City and killed his prophets and apostles. Jesus knows the fate of Jerusalem and The Temple, as they will all be destroyed in 70 A.D.

Notice Jesus makes another prophecy “You shall not see me until the time come when they say “Blessed is He that comes in the name of The Lord” Most people recognize this as the statements made when Jesus rolled through Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus was prophesying about Palm Sunday and it was also fulfilled. 

God is sending a New Jerusalem in the New Heavens and Earth, be ready for Christ is coming again soon Amen!

Luke 13- The Narrow Path

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Luke 13:24-26

Everyone is going to Heaven, right? Well according to Jesus, the answer is No! This is contrary to what we hear preached in Churches today or peoples basic concept of the afterlife. Most people have this false expectation that they are going to Heaven no matter what. Jesus said “ Many will try to enter the door and won’t be able to” , this should be a wake up call for everyone, its time to get right with God. Are you sure you’re saved? Are you sure Jesus knows who you are? Are you Born Again by the Holy Spirit?

Jesus said “Many will be knocking on the door saying Lord  Lord , let us in, but Christ will answer I don’t know you” This is the biggest issue , it’s not that Jesus can’t save you, its you don’t really know Jesus. You call him Lord but don’t act like his slave, you don’t seek Him with all your heart, you don’t fully trust him with your life. Many people are false converts

Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. Luke 13:27-29

Many people will say , I went to Church, I was baptized as a baby, yet Jesus still doesn’t know who they are, why? Because they never became Born Again, they never died to Christ and rose with him in the water and spirit. Jesus said “Depart from me, you workers of evil and sin” The people Christ rejected were still dead in their sin, they were never washed in the blood of The Lamb, they were never baptized by the Holy Spirit

There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, this is a reference Jesus made on several occasions of Hell. There are only two destinations in the afterlife, Heaven or Hell. You can only become a Child of God through Christ, otherwise you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of God

The road to Heaven is narrow, Jesus Christ is the only way to get through the gate. Repent and put your faith in Christ alone , Amen!

Luke 13- The Kingdom of God

Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. Luke 13:18-19

Jesus uses an illustration of the mustard seed to represent the Kingdom of God. Most of us are familiar with the mustard seed being used to represent our faith, the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. (Matthew 17:20-21). That same little faith is building the Kingdom of God, think about that. Jesus came here to Earth, as an infant, grew up and started his ministry with 12 apostles. Eventually this ministry grew to be the Church , which over the centuries could have millions or billions of members. Its amazing to think about it all began with One , Jesus Christ

Today we the Church are still building the Kingdom of God. Everytime you share the good news of Christ, everytime you care for the “least of these”, everytime you open new congregations, the Kingdom continues to build and expand, of course with the help of The Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, it went from a small seed to a large tree that birds can rest upon.

As Christians, we can often get impatient or expect instant results, however the work you are doing may not be noticeable until the next generation. We need to keep our hands on the plow and keep sowing the seeds of faith, planting the gospel for the next generation, because Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and forever!

And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Luke 13:20-21

Jesus again uses an example to represent the Kingdom of God, its like a loaf of bread that was made with a little yeast. It’s interesting Christ would use the loaf of bread here, as Paul mentions  the One loaf as the body of Christ that the entire Church is united by (1 Corinthians 10:17)

Another thing we see here is the Kingdom of God is continually growing and expanding, there are new Born Again Believers being added to the Kingdom on a daily basis. This is why it’s imperative that we fulfill the “Great Commision” and preach the gospel to the entire world. When we think about this task it can be very overwhelming, however we need to take it from a “mustard seed” perspective. One little seed at a time to build the Kingdom of God! Amen!

Luke 13- Jesus Heals on The Sabbath

And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. Luke 13:10-13

On a Sabbath day, Jesus was teaching in the synagogue, and he noticed a woman who had been disabled for 18 years. Christ called the woman over and said “You are healed” and set his hands on her and she was healed. Now for most of us this sounds like a great story and something we would expect the Messiah to do, however the synagogue leader didn’t see it that way! They were angry because Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath day, can you imagine the hardness of their hearts!

But most importantly, Jesus called this woman and set her free instantly! Many of us have struggled with some disability or disease for a long time, Christ can set you free in an instant! Is the Savior calling you today?

And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? Luke 13:14-16

How many of us are legalists like the synagogue leader? Well Jesus can’t heal because of this and that, ect. The reality is Jesus is Lord of Lords , he can heal anyone , anywhere, at any time, Jesus is even Lord of The Sabbath! (Matthew 12, Mark 2) To make things more comprehensible in our minds, we like to put limitations and labels on things, this is what mostly religion is about, trying to define God to make it understandable for our human minds

But Jesus said “You hypocrites!, you take care of your animals on the Sabbath, why wouldn’t you want this Jewish woman to be healed?” Why were the religious leaders so upset when Jesus healed on the Sabbath? Because they rather ignore the miracle by God and focus on the legalism of man

Because if they accepted what Jesus did, then they would have to accept that Jesus is Lord and God. When you receive this, your whole life changes, you are no longer a Pharisee or a Sadducee, you are a Child of God through Jesus Christ Amen!