Luke 20:22 Authority

Episode #32

The issue of authority was big then as it is now. In our day people are taught to question authority. I suppose it has never been that much different. But that authority is a necessary element of civilized people is obvious to all but the basest of anarchists. The origin of authority is varied:

There is enforced authority
Such as that of the police; the authority is demanded because of a badge. Sometimes the man with this authority is as guilty as those he may be policing. His own integrity has little to do with his authority. In some instances to challenge his authority is in itself a crime.

There is inherited authority
Such as belongs to a military officer whose authority is the result of an education and commission.

There is earned authority
When a man has proven himself a leader and those who may have at first followed out of duty begin to follow out of devotion.

There is voluntary authority
When people follow a man because they believe in his cause or His message.

The highest of all authority is that which is given by God
It is seldom (except in the case of government which is ordained of God) forced upon its subjects.

 

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Luke 24:1-4 Very Early

Luke 24:1-4 (KJV)
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

 

They say that the early bird catches the worm.

The Bible says these women came to the sepulchre of Jesus “very early in the morning.” Not just early. I would have still respected that, but veryearly. Being so early they found:

The stone rolled away
They certainly did not expect that. They had been concerned about how to roll it away that they might anoint His body. We ought to plan and pray about obstacles. But if we are serving the Lord we ought also to step out in faith not knowing how our obstacles will be removed. God is capable of rolling away His own stones.

The angels in shining garments
They surely did not expect that. They were there to perform a service. The expectation was that they would do for the dead what the dead could not do for Himself. But this turned out to be a supernatural visitation. They thought they were making the visit. Turns out God had visitors for them.

They found not the body of Jesus
They did not expect that. Though Jesus had told them, repeatedly, there are some things we people just don’t get without some proof. The empty grave of Christ is the one proof every Christian has gotten hold of. The evidence of the resurrection of Jesus is undeniable. Those who consider it understand this. Others are blinded and choose to be so.

When I was younger I certainly would never have expected to become a Christian. I am glad one day I got up early to hear a preacher point to me and urge me to call out to Jesus to be saved.

Will you do the same?

 

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Luke 24:1-4 Very Early

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Luke 23:47 He Glorified God

Luke 23:47 (KJV)
Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Benson “…he glorified God — By a free confession of his persuasion of the innocence of Jesus;”

Gill “…he glorified God; by confessing that Christ was the Son of God, and declaring him an innocent person”

A person might understand this verse as being composed of two parts;

  • Glorifying God
  • Saying Jesus is a righteous man

But a better interpretation would be to understand the later as the definition of the former. He glorified God by his confession concerning Christ.

This is the way all men truly glorify God. He is glorified not in our actions, not in our attempts to minister in His name and not even in our attitude towards Him. He is glorified when we have a heart that trusts Jesus Christ for our own righteousness.

He is glorified when we accept the one gift He offers to reconcile sinners to himself; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

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Luke 23:47 He Glorified God

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Luke 17:1 Offenses Happen

Luke 17:1 (KJV)
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

I think we get this passage all wrong. We focus on what we should do about the offender when we ought to focus on not being him.

Offenses happen in this world. I am not excusing them. I am not making light of them. I merely accept what the Bible says about them. It is impossible to live without offenses coming our way:

  • In word
  • In action
  • Emotionally
  • Physically and
  • Spiritually

It is a fact, offenses will come.

But we do not have to be offended at the offenses. We can choose always to forgive. We can live in such a state of fellowship with God that the offenses are the furthest of our concerns.

I think the passage indicates what is of more concern is our propensity to be the offender. We are of such corrupt natures, so conformed to this world that, without taking proactive steps to prevent it, our response to an offense is offensive in itself.

It’s just better to give offenses to the Lord and live rather in a state of contentment.

  • God knows and
  • God has us covered

 

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Luke 17:1 Offenses Happen

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Luke 15:3-4 We Ought To Care

Luke 15:3-4 (KJV)
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
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?

I note that Luke chapter fourteen began with a very similar tone, Luke 14:5
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?

In both cases Jesus used an animal, and a man’s natural care of it, as a foundation for reason concerning our concern for people. Just as today when a person can get in more trouble for abusing a dog than for aborting a baby, people then were prone to care for their livestock better than one another.

  • It might be because we know animals can’t care for themselves without us
  • It might be that we have a corrupted tendency to worship the creature more than the Creator

Jesus did not condone or condemn this exceptional treatment of animals above people. What He did was to use what is true of us to point out what should be true of us.

  • If we would place the importance of an animal’s life above religious duty, ought we not do the same for people?
  • If we would drop everything to find a lost animal of our herd, should we not pour ourselves into reaching and recovering people who have gone astray?

We blame people over animals because people make choices that lead to their own destruction. Also people can only be helped if they choose to accept that help. Animals seem to be more helpless and are easier to contain. We feel a moral obligation toward the animal because it is an amoral being. Perhaps we have lost our sense of moral obligation to others because we know they are capable of moral actions.

However we want to spin this thing Jesus’ lesson to us is that we ought to care for people at least as much as we care for the beasts of the earth.

 

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Luke 15:3-4 We Ought To Care

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Luke 12:33-34 Everything Grows Old

Luke 12:33-34 (KJV)
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I was struck by that phrase, “bags which wax not old.”

Everything I have ever owned eventually got old.

I have had animals that have gotten old.
My favorite dog so far was Shred Row. I remember when my parents brought him home as a puppy. I was in 8th or maybe 9th grade. When I graduated High school Shed Row came with me. Circumstances involving the nature of a young man gaining an education dictated Shed Row had to go back to my parent’s house, where he eventually died. But we had some great times, Shed Row and me.

I bought a brand new Chevy short box pickup in 1978 and it got old.
It had less than twenty miles on it when I drove it off the lot at Salee Chevrolet in Milton-Freewater, OR. But things started breaking before it was out of warranty. I kept it for almost twenty years. When I sold it about all that was left was the drivetrain and cab.

Shall I go on? No matter the quality, no matter the nature, no matter the value. Everything on this earth waxes old.

Jesus must have meant something else. There must be a kind of treasure that is of another world; one where things are eternal.

That’s the bag I am after.

 

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Luke 12:33-34 Everything Grows Old

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Luke 10:1 You’ve Been Appointed

Luke 10:1 (KJV)
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Jesus called just twelve men to have a unique place in His life and work. These men would be the foundation upon which the churches would rest He, Himself, being the cornerstone. He trained them personally

  • By teaching,
  • By example and merely
  • By their fellowship with Him. (Most of the ministry is caught, not taught.)

And He sent them out

But the work of the gospel did not end with them. They were not the only ones appointed, instructed and sent out. In order to seek and to save more, there must be an ever widening circle of people going

  • Farther,
  • More frequently,
  • To places not yet touched with the Gospel.

And so the work continues. It is not just the one church in Jerusalem but multiple churches planted out of Jerusalem. It is not just Judea but Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world. It is not just Jews but people of every kindred and tongue and nation. It is not just two thousand years ago but still today. It is not just the pastors and deacons but every member of a local body of scripturally baptized believers.

Are you a Christian? Count on it, you have been appointed also.

 

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Luke 10:1 You’ve Been Appointed

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Luke 9:49-50 Don’t Be Disagreeable

Luke 9:49-50 (KJV)
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

It occurs to me that we do not have to be disagreeable to those with whom we disagree. I doubt we ought to have fellowship, as that fellowship will surely compromise the convictions God gives us through His Word. We don’t have to hold hands in ministry goals, as many of the goals of other Christian (and non Christian) organizations differ to the mission Christ gave to the churches He is building. We don’t have to be silent about the differences. It is important really for the mutual benefit of both parties that communication of those differences be clearly communicated.

But we can communicate in an agreeable manner.

  • We can communicate politely and at the appropriate times
  • We can communicate with civility and without hostility
  • We can communicate out of love and genuine care for the other.

The very next paragraph in this chapter addresses the issue of our spirit,

Luke 9:53-56
And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

The spirit of the Christian ought to be passionate for the truth but with a spirit concerned for the well being of others. Even those with whom we disagree.

 

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Luke 9:49-50 Don’t Be Disagreeable

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Luke 8:47 It Shouldn’t Be Hidden

Luke 8:47 (KJV)
And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

There have been many to write on why this woman may have hidden her actions. The deed was not a sinful one, but it was not considered “clean” for a person with an issue of blood to touch another. Jesus was on another task and she might have felt she was presuming too much to stop Him to hear her troubles. Then too, there was such a throng of people pressing Christ she may have thought a quick touch would be more than she could hope for.

Whatever the reasons of her touch, she, who had received virtue, could not be hidden.

It would be good for each of us to think on the fact that we cannot be hid. What we have done, most especially what God has done in us, cannot be hidden.  It is not hid from God and should not be hidden from others.

Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

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Luke 8:47 It Shouldn’t Be Hidden

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Luke 6:18-19 No Shortage of Virtue

Luke 6:18-19 (KJV)
And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

The word virtue means “force, strength, power and ability.” like that of dynamite, a word derived from the Greek, virtue. Virtue, according to Aristotle, was to fulfill one’s purpose. In this case virtue went out of Jesus as people came to him. I notice several things:

This was a multitude
That word can be relevant. It’s like the word crowd we often employ in our churches. A crowd can be twenty-five or twenty-five hundred. It just depends on how many we are used to seeing. We do not know exactly how many this multitude is but we do know it is an extraordinary number.

This was the whole multitude
It was not a part or even a majority but the whole. With unanimous consent they all sought to touch Jesus.

They all sought to touch Him.
Implying that many could not. It was the desire of them all but it was not in the power of them all to touch him. Time and physical constraints prevented at least some of them.

He healed them all
Though they were limited, Jesus was not. Virtue went out of Him but His virtue is limitless. His power is without measure. His ability is infinite.

Jesus experienced no shortage of force due either to the number, the need or the nearness of the multitude. Those who touched Him were healed. Those who sought to touch him were healed and all of those who sought to touch Him were healed.

 

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