Luke 23:50-51 Virtue Is In The Waiting

Luke 23:50-51 (KJV)
And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
(The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

The virtue is in the waiting. 

Joseph of Arimathaea was a good and just man. Because of that he did not consent to the counsel’s condemning of Jesus. But the thing that made him just was that he waited for the kingdom of God. 

Character is not the product of deeds. Rather deeds are a reflection of character. Character is the product of something deeper, outside of self. Character is produced from our values – our core beliefs. 

Joseph was a good man and just because he waited for the kingdom of God. He had a faith in the promises of God, yet unfulfilled. 

Consider; it would require no faith and therefore build no character had he merely believed in the history of Israel. It takes no faith, and therefore produces no character to believe in history. Secular character is produced by learning from history. Spiritual character is produced by believing what biblical history prophesies. Because God did these things, we can be assured He will do these other things. 

Joseph of Arimathaea was a good man and just because he believed God would do what He promised He would do, and had not yet fulfilled. 

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Luke 22:24-27 If We Followed Jesus

Luke 22:24-27 (KJV)
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

Successful Christian men often speak of how the world unwittingly uses Bible principles for successful business. In this way those same successful Christians justify their worldly practices. 

Truth is, Jesus said Christians ought not be and do as the successful of the world do. Truth is, if we followed Jesus’ teaching, we would pretty surely not look successful in this world. 

  • We would be as the younger, the helpers. 
  • We would not see ourselves as having anything to teach but so much to learn. 

If we followed Jesus teaching: 

  • We would be the servants. 
  • We would let others sit at meat and 
  • We would graciously serve them. 

Those who will have the greatest positions in the kingdom are those who long suffered temptations in this life. They will be the meek, the lowly, the contrite and the humble. 

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Luke 20:17-18 The Choice Is Yours

Luke 20:17-18 (KJV)
And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

I am reminded of,

Philippians 2:10-11
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Every knee will bow before Jesus:

  • The atheist 
  • The agnostic 
  • The cultist
  • The religious 
  • The irreligious 
  • The foolish
  • The busy
  • The boorish 
  • The hedonist and
  • The Christian

Everyone will one day bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

The question is, 

  • Will you fall on the on the stone and be broken, contrite and yielded to Him? Or 
  • Will you fall under the stone and perish eternally in hell?

The choice is yours.
Romans 10:13 (KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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Luke 18:7-8 God Avenges His Own

Luke 18:7-8 (KJV)
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

There is a promise, a challenge and a doctrine in these verses:

The promise
God will avenge his own speedily. He won’t delay. He won’t be late. His answer, His presence, His help will be on time and sooner than we can imagine.

The challenge 
His own are to “cry day and night”. It’s the application of the parable He began with.

  • Importunity 
  • Praying without ceasing 
  • Praying and not fainting 

The challenge is not to quit. 

The doctrine 
God bears long with us. It’s not that He withholds His answers long but that He endures so much from us. We may wish to be avenged (that implies an enemy) but we are little better than the one we call an enemy. We may have been wronged but we have certainly wronged someone. We may have a case against another, but surely God has a case against us. 

What a blessing to know that God hears, God answers, God provides, God blesses, yes God even avenges us. 

And to know He does all that though we would be undeserving if it were not for Christ. 

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Luke 16:2 How’s Your Report?

Luke 16:2 (KJV)
And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

Here’s the thing. God always hears about our stewardship. The question is not how the lord found out, the question is why the steward had been unjust. 

This last weekend we had a missionary in our church. He said that the pastor of the first church he planted in the field sends him a report every week:

  • What was the attendance
  • What was the offering 
  • What were the results 

He doesn’t require this report of him. The pastor just wants to give it to him. 

We might not see it or sense it, but it would be wise for use to realize that God has a report of our service for Him. 

Is your report a good one?

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Luke 15:4 How To “Go After”

Luke 15:4 (KJV)
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

There is quite the contrast between the first two of these three parables and the last. 

  • In each case something was lost
  • In each case the loss was painful 
  • In each case the thing was found

But in the first two the loser was aggressive in his search. The aggressive search is not so apparent in the last. 

The first is an animal. 
Once he is found he may be forced to return and penned to prevent his leaving again.

The second is inanimate. 
The house is swept and searched until the object is found and reclaimed. 

The last is a human being. 
He has a will of his own and that may not be infringed upon. The father does not hunt him down. The father does not force his return. Rather, the father submitted to his demands and allowed him his will. 

But this does not mean the father did not seek for his return. We know that the father spotted him returning from a long way off and ran to meet him. 

  • I imagine the father looking for him every day. 
  • I imagine him praying every day. 
  • I imagine him hurting every day until his son came home. 

The shepherd went after his sheep until he was found. The father teaches us how to go after the lost soul until he is found. 

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Luke 8:23 All God, All Man

Luke 8:23 (KJV)
But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

What a picture of the dichotomy that is Jesus. 

He is all man
And so, He fell asleep. The phrase means to drop off. Sleep is something we can sometimes choose to do. But sometimes we must sleep. Sleep controls us. We fall, almost involuntarily into sleep. So under the spell of sleep was Christ that He had to be awakened to the jeopardy.

He is all God
They woke Him. He arose, rebuked the wind and water and it was calm. 

No wonder they were amazed. The contrast of humanity and deity was so stark they could not have helped but be amazed. 

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Luke 7:40-43 Who Loves Him Most?

Luke 7:40-43 (KJV)
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.

At first glance we might assume that the one who had been forgiven of five hundred pence was the one forgiven of most. I am guessing Simon certainly thought so. But I think it’s a wrong assumption. Value is relative. It is possible that the one forgiven of the fifty pence was in a more desperate place than the one with five hundred. 

Think of the widow who cast in her two mites. Jesus said she had given more than those who had cast in great sums because they had given out of their wealth and she out of her poverty. It’s relative to a person’s position. 

This is good news. The parable Jesus presented wasn’t about creditors and debtors. It was about sin and forgiveness. The good news is that, whether you are the worst offender (in the eyes of man) or a good and righteous gentleman (in the eyes of others) each can be equally forgiven of much and thus, love God equally. 

We can all, in effect, love God most. 

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Luke 6:48 Dig Down Deep

Luke 6:48 (KJV)
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

Just here we discover why many Christians struggle in the storms of life. 

The parable goes this:

There is one who builds his house upon the rock. 
The storms come, the floods rise, the winds beat upon the house, but it stands because it’s built upon the rock. 

There is another who builds his house upon the sand. 
The storms come just as they do for the other. In this case the house falls to a great ruin. 

But wait. 

The first man “digged deep” to find that solid rock. I am afraid that many Christians have built on top of the rock, but they didn’t dig down to that rock. They became content building on 

  • the same doctrines, 
  • the same practices, 
  • the same songs, 
  • the same church, 
  • the same standards, 
  • the same friendships and fellowship 

as those who have built upon the rock. 

They assumed it was enough because they built their lives just like those thriving, growing, strong believers have. But they never dig down to the rock, Jesus Christ. 

Stable Christianity begins in Christ. Sure, church, standards, doctrine, associations all play into a strong Christian walk, but those things alone can wash away. That which can never move is Jesus. 

Dig down to Christ. Never content yourself in anything less than Jesus Christ. From Him all the rest makes sense and has meaning. 

Upon Him, no storm can shake you. 

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Luke 5:5 Nevertheless

Luke 5:5 (KJV)
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Verses 1-11 really need to be seen as a whole 
There was the Word of God
Vs 3
Jesus had preached to the crowds out of the ship.  Let God’s Word minister to you and others

There was the command of Jesus 
Vs 4
We may expect that the Word of God will contain some command of God. He has ordained the saved unto good works. 

There was the hesitation of man
Vs 5 
God’s commands often go contrary to our experiences. 

There was obedience 
Vs 5
Nevertheless at thy word. This must be our rallying cry.

There was a great success
Vs 6
Surprising, unprecedented. Unlike what a man could have done

There was a united effort
Vs 7
The work of God must always be a joint effort. Never think we can do it alone. Each of us must individually choose to obey but then each of us must yoke up with others in the work. 

There was an earnest surrender
Vs 8-9
This seems to me like an altar call.

There was a new purpose in life
Vs 10-11
God changes priorities in the lives of those surrendered to Him.

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