Luke 22:27 (KJV) The Issue of Greatness

Luke 22:27 (KJV)
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.

Despite the warning of Christ in this passage the issue of greatness has never been satisfied. Men, in a multitude of camps, strive to be known as the greatest.

Truly the greatest was and is Jesus Christ. Yet if He were to come today in the manner He came two thousand years ago, the spiritual leaders of our generation would want about as little to do with Him as the Pharisees did back then.

Jesus was;

  • Followed by only a hand full
  • Always more concerned for the truth of His message than the reception of His message
  • Despised and rejected and
  • Killed at the urging of the multitudes

Jesus’ own testimony was that His followers would accomplish far more than He did (saving that He alone could take the sins of the whole world).

Greatness is misunderstood today but I expect that it is never found in this life but rather is evidenced by the influence a person has long after they have left this life.

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Luke 20:6 (KJV) Committed to Christ?

Luke 20:6 (KJV)
But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

The same people who would later cry out they wanted Jesus crucified here would have, the Pharisees believed, stoned them for speaking lightly of John the Baptist.

  • It is easier to accept a man is a prophet than to accept He is God
  • It is easier to support a good man than to stay faithful to Christ as Saviour
  • It is more natural to defend the character of a leader than to defend the deity of Christ

Whether they would have stoned the Pharisees is impossible to tell. We do know that, though they were intrigued with Jesus, in the end they turned against Him.

Professing believers ought to take this to heart and examine closely their faith. Are we merely loyal to a preacher and intrigued by Christ? Or are we genuinely committed to our relationship with Him?

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Luke 16:31 (KJV) Something More than the Bible?

Luke 16:31 (KJV)
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

We live in such a materialistic, flesh driven world that we believe people need something more than the Bible and faith to believe. We have therefore created any number of ways to “attract” people to the truth with something other than the truth.

Sometimes it’s excitement
Somebody gets all pumped up and tries to get others pumped up with them.

Sometimes it’s entertainment
Somebody focuses a so-called ministry on entertaining music and messages and then tries to sneak in a piece of truth here and there.

Sometimes it’s opulence
Someone presents himself as wealthy and successful and implies his followers can have the same if they only believe.

Sometimes it’s staged miracles
Someone claims to be able to do miraculous things like healing the sick pronouncing new prophecies or even raising the dead. The rich man in hell thought if someone was raised from the dead his family would believe.

Interestingly, Jesus did raise a man named Lazarus from the dead. Did people believe? No, the Pharisees sought to kill the resurrected Lazarus to prevent people from leaving Judaism.

Abraham told the rich man a truth we need to grab hold of; if they won’t believe the Bible they won’t believe at all.

 

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Luke 15:6 (KJV) Be Happy God is Happy

Luke 15:6 (KJV)
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

There are two parables where the subject calls on others to rejoice with them for their success. In the third parable this same rejoicing is had except we are given the account of the older son who refuses to rejoice.

Life is filled with people who, for whatever reason, cannot bring themselves to be happy for the successes of others.

This same can be said in the spiritual world. Some, usually those who see themselves as better than others, refuse or at least find it difficult and unnatural to rejoice

  • When a backslider repents
  • When a lost man is saved
  • When a fallen one gets back up

There are a lot of reasons they may not rejoice in these successes

  • Maybe they feel they ought to have more successes
  • Maybe they don’t trust that the one recovered has truly gotten right
  • Maybe they see their success as competing with their own
  • Maybe they just don’t want them celebrating that someone is, in their eyes, being rewarded for failure

Whichever excuse we might have for not rejoicing in their success I propose a fix. That is to rejoice that God rejoices. If you are unable to rejoice with the one who has been lifted, then rejoice with the one who did the lifting.

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Luke 15:6 (KJV) Be Happy God is Happy

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Luke 14:31-32 (KJV) The Condition of Peace is Truth

Luke 14:31-32 (KJV)
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

I am told that, during the Revolutionary War, a commander was expected to put up some form of battle before surrendering, even if he knew there was no chance of victory. It was a matter of honor and I suspect was a measure to discourage cowardice among the officers.

But there were exceptions. The Continentals, for instance, took Ticonderoga with hardly a shot being fired.

The lesson of this parable is not intended to encourage cowardice among believers but:

  • Alertness
  • Soberness and
  • Vigilance

Taken with the accompanying parables we find the Christian characters of:

  • Sacrifice
  • Persistence and
  • Forethought

The condition of peace is truth.

Sacrifice, persistence and planning leads to truth being victor.

 

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Luke 14:31-32 (KJV) The Condition of Peace is Truth

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Luke 13:17 (KJV) Putting Our Enemies to Shame

Luke 13:17 (KJV)
And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.


I imagine that this is where we get the phrase, “Putting your enemies to shame.” The Pharisees had issued a rather hasty order for a new problem, “When is it permissible to heal the sick?” It’s almost laughable, isn’t it, that they would even consider such a question? If someone is able to heal the sick let him do it! They were so trapped in their religious rules (which had long ago quit being from God’s Word) that they could not grasp how ludicrous it was to try to stop Him from healing this crippled woman, even if it was on the Sabbath.

Jesus answered their objection by pointing out an obvious exception to their rules; every one of them would feed and water his animals on the Sabbath. In another passage it is added that if an animal falls in a well on the Sabbath no one would let it die there. They would pull it out. How much more ought we to do all in our power to help a suffering person, even on a Sabbath?

Common sense slays a whole lot of religious idiocy. I am not calling for a rejection of faith. Common sense could never out match God’s Word. But when religion leaves the Bible it generally throws good common sense out with it.

 

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Luke 13:17 (KJV) Putting Our Enemies to Shame

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Luke 11:42 (KJV) Wash It All

Luke 11:42 (KJV)
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.

Jesus’ accusation against the Pharisees was that they concerned themselves only with the outward appearance and made little to no emphasis concerning the inner things. He used their complaint that His disciples didn’t wash enough as His object for the lesson. They, in effect, washed the outside of their plates so they looked clean but left the inside, where all the real filth was, alone.

Jesus doesn’t discourage washing our hands here. He tells them not to leave that undone. He does, however, urge that the inner plate is more important than the outer.

I think we see both extremes in modern Christianity.
On the one hand there are those whose only concern is appearances
They build extravagant buildings and put on the show for religion’s sake. It’s not just the big denominations that do it. We find this same action practiced all the way down to the single individual who dresses and behaves a particular way, all for appearance sake. If they have an inner spiritual concern it is barely recognizable under all their show.

On the other hand is the reactionary who, seeing the shallowness of religious appearance, has rejected all forms of outward conformity

  • They refuse to wear dress clothes to church.
  • They will not commit to regular church attendance.
  • They mock any form of separation or standards as legalism.

Jesus speaks to both crowds in this case and says, “these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

In others words, wash both the inside and the outside of the plate.

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Luke 11:42 (KJV) Wash It All

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Luke 9:7-8 (KJV) Who Is Jesus?

Luke 9:7-8 (KJV)
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

Luke 9:18-20 (KJV)
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

We have here two conversations, the topic of which is almost identical but the conclusion is almost opposite.

When Herod hears of Jesus he is told that some say he is John the Baptist or Elias or maybe one of the other prophets.
He knows it is not John the Baptist because he is the one who had him killed. His conclusion; he does not know who Jesus is.

When the disciples return to the Lord who asks them to who men said He was.
They reported just as Herod had heard, that they said he was John the Baptist or Elias or maybe one of the other prophets. Jesus asked who they, the disciples, believed him to be. Peter answered without hesitation, “The Christ of God.”

In a world of confusion the multitudes have no idea who Christ is. Some claim silly things about Him some can’t believe the supernatural truth about him some just ignore questions about Him.

Those who know Him Know Him to be God with us, the Christ of God and our Saviour.

 

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Luke 9:7-8 (KJV) Who Is Jesus?

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Luke 8:25 (KJV) Christ’s Presence Produces Faith

Luke 8:25 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

As the waves of the storm grew worse the disciples, believing they were about to perish, eke Jesus. He calmed the storm but then asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?” This is interesting because they did, in the storm, call on Christ.

I conclude that:

  • There is a kind of prayer that is not of faith
  • There is a kind of Christianity that is not lived in faith
  • There is a way to be identified with Christ but not have faith in Christ

The difference I see between the disciples and the Lord is that He was asleep in the storm while they were sweating out the storm. Faith, it seems to me, would have been able to rest knowing that Christ was present. Faith would not have fretted. Faith would have called on Christ but would not have had to say, “We perish.”

Though they lacked faith and woke Him without faith, Jesus calmed the storm. I believe we can take heart in that. Though we may lack faith being in Christ’s presence tends to produce faith.

I want faith. And I want to stay close to the Lord as I grow faith.

 

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Luke 8:25 (KJV) Christ’s Presence Produces Faith

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Luke 5:39 (KJV) Embracing the Old Promises

Luke 5:39 (KJV)
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

I read three writers who give two opposing interpretations and applications of this passage.
The one says that older wine is sweeter and mellower so it would be ridiculous to ask someone who knows the difference to drink new wine.
This writer claims that the Pharisees represent the new wine and Christ represents the old.

The other two see the Law as the old wine and claim that is representative of the old sinful nature, which is not going to gravitate to new; unproven and bitter flavor of spiritual life with Christ.
It is, according to this interpretation, unreasonable to ask a man who is settled in his ways to trust Christ hastily.

I lean toward the former. Christ came far before the Pharisees. His disciples had not embraced the new but the old promises of God from the beginning.

We aren’t looking for the new. We are looking for the oldest of all, faith in Christ from the foundation of the world.

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