Luke 15:20 No Words Needed

Luke 15:20 (KJV)
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 

The prodigal returned home broken, repentant and humbled. He resolved and in fact did apologize profusely to his father, Luke 15:21 (KJV)
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 

I am interested in the father’s reaction. 

  • He ran, fell on his neck and kissed him
  • He said to his servants, bring forth the best robe….
  • He told the oldest son, “It was meet that we should make merry”

But there is no record of the father saying anything to the prodigal. Fact is, the best demonstration of his forgiveness was in the actions and not words. 

When we are down on ourselves, we often think we need to hear words of forgiveness and reconciliation. 

Far better are those actions that prove we are “home again.”  

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Luke 7:28 Greater Than He

Luke 7:28 (KJV)
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. 

So much controversy surrounds John the Baptist. Even Baptists dismiss John the Baptist, embracing those teachings of the Protestants such as he should be called “John the baptizer.” That his ministry transcended that of the Old and New Testaments, it is clear. 

  • There had been no prophet for 400 years
  • His ministry, unlike any prophet, coincided with Christ’s
  • The gospel of Jesus began with the baptism of John the Baptist
  • He was not Elias the prophet but was the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning him

John the Baptist truly was the greatest of the prophets who was much more than a prophet. 

Even then, he was so much less than Jesus Christ:

  • Who came just after him
  • Whose ministry superseded his
  • Whose way John merely made plain 

Jesus humbled Himself to become the least of men. John the Baptist’s most important duty was to point out the One who was so meek and lowly[1] there was no one who would otherwise desire Him. Jesus was so much greater than John the Baptist and yet it was John the Baptist who baptized Jesus. 

As great as John the Baptist was, the One who made Himself least was greater. 

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[1] Isaiah 53:2 (KJV)

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

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Luke 1:10 What The Multitude Does

Luke 1:10 (KJV)
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

Zacharias’ lot, duty; the roll that he played in the worship of the Lord, was to burn the incense in the Temple of the Lord. This altar of incense where Zacharias served, represented the prayers of the saints rising up to the Lord as a sweet smell. 

Fascinating, isn’t it, that as Zacharias burnt the incense “the whole multitude of the people were praying”? Picture the minister of the Lord facilitating worship but not the only one involved in worship. 

This seems to clearly teach what ought to happen at every service in the house of the Lord. The pastor, according to Ephesians 4[1], equips the saints for the work of the ministry. At church:

  • One leads in prayer but the whole multitude are to prayer
  • One leads in singing to the Lord but the whole multitude is to join in the song
  • An offering is received and the whole multitude is to give unto the Lord
  • A preacher declares the word of God and the whole multitude hear and do as the message teaches

The church is a body, a whole. It is complete participation with each one fulfilling his or her place in that body.


[1] Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV)
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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Luke 24:6 Remember

Luke 24:6 (KJV)
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

Luke 24:8 (KJV)
And they remembered his words,

Luke 24:11 (KJV)
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

It seems to me that there is a progression that happens concerning the Word of God.
There are some whose first impression is that these are but idle tales
They discount the message. They disregard, demean, denounce and ignore it. Still, they have heard it. 

They are urged then to remember what they heard
It may be that a person’s first response to the Word of God appears to be minimal. That does not mean it had no purpose. There comes a point where we who witness merely need to remind others of what God said. 

They remembered 
Then comes the moment in life when the Word of God finds purpose. Whatever the event, they come to remember and, remembering, their lives are changed. 

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Luke 20:2 Authority

Luke 20:2 (KJV)
And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

The subject of authority occupies a good deal of the New Testament. Jesus taught as one having authority and not as the scribes. Even, when later in this chapter He is referred to as Master, the word signifies authority. But where did He get this authority? 

Jesus determined not to tell them by what authority He operated. Then He gave them a parable that is all about their refusal to submit to God-given authority. In the parable, the lord sent three servants and his son, each with implied authority and each beaten or worse. Finally, Jesus said the lord of the vineyard would destroy those husbandmen and give the vineyard to others. 

We live in a time of rebellion, not dissimilar to the days of Christ. Authority on all levels is questioned, ignored, maligned, and attacked. This is apparent in the Christian world too. There is a day soon coming when God will destroy those abusers of His authorities and will create a new heaven and new earth where such abuse does not occur. 

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Luke 18:8 Faith Waits

Luke 18:8 (KJV)
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

This is, as I understand it, an incredibly important passage and telling of the last days. Jesus strongly implies that, by the time He returns, there will be very little genuine faith on the earth. 

For consideration today is the context in which He says it. The passage is derived from a parable spoken to the end that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.  It is immediately followed by the parable of the Pharisee and the publican, concerning the prayers of each. Faith is demonstrated in prayer. 

The two signs of the last days, if we take them simply from this passage is:

Men will faint and no longer believe in unceasing prayer. 
They may still pray. They just won’t continue in prayer until it is heard. 

Faith (trust) will be in their own righteousness and not in God
That’s religion. They will perhaps pray but their faith will be in their good works. They will not see themselves as sinners, in need of God’s mercy. 

Faith, true faith, trusts in the mercy of God until it is finally received. 

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Luke 14:1-4 A Busy Sabbath Dinner

Luke 14:1-4 (KJV)
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;

Though it seems little was made of Jesus’ healing the man with dropsy, it might have been because of the setting. This was a dinner, with guests, on the Sabbath. It appears to have been a large and diverse gathering.  I cannot imagine that this was accomplished without a great deal of work. 

  • There would be set up
  • There would be food preparation 
  • There would be food service
  • There would be clean up afterward 

It is obvious that people need to eat, even on the Sabbath. It seems that, though the Mosaic Law strictly forbids this,[1]they had made an exception for eating. Jesus treated the ill man’s need as much the same thing. It was as necessary as the meal. It was as obvious as is eating. It also gave authority to those lessons He would teach later at the dinner. 


[1]Exodus 16:22-26 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. 

Numbers 15:32-35 (KJV)
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
I assume he was gathering sticks to make a fire and prepare food.

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Luke 13:1-5 Except Ye Repent

Luke 13:1-5 (KJV)
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Barnes Notes says of this, “It does not mean that Pilate “offered” their blood in sacrifice, but that, as they were sacrificing, he killed them.”

This event, which is not found in any other piece of history, was grievous enough that those around Jesus wanted to speak about it.[1] the point of this account, and the one of the tower, is simply this, as horrendous as these deaths were, they are nothing compared to hell. A person can protest all they wish. Pilate did a cruel thing; the tower should have been built better. Lay blame all we wish, the result is still the same, these people perished. 

More so, despite the objections of unbelievers, skeptics, scoffers and religious liberals, hell and the Lake of Fire are real and, for those outside of Christ unavoidable. To protest the truth of hell by going there is as foolish as protesting Pilate’s atrocities by being slain with his victims or protesting poor construction by standing under a falling tower. 

Repent. Come to Jesus Christ. Confess your sins and seek His grace. He will save you and then you will see the absolute love in God’s plan of salvation. 


[1] It is absolutely appropriate to use current events as subject matter for messages.

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Luke 10:16 To Despise the Message

Luke 10:16 (KJV)
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

This passage applies specifically to the seventy that Jesus sent out as witnesses. But it has an application to preachers today as well as any Christian who goes out to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I observe:
This was the seventy, not the twelve
Perhaps one could argue that, if such a word had been said to the twelve, it would be apostolic and have less application among believers today. 

The twelve were not perfect at any time 
This passage is before the cross and they were to make many mistakes before they were the men we think them to be today. 

I, therefore, reject that form of bible interpretation that removes this passage from personal application. 

  • To despise the message of the preacher is
  • To despise the Christ they preach and 
  • To despise the God who sent Him

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Luke 8:18 True Treasure

Luke 8:18 (KJV)
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

This verse is a part of a larger context labeled by Scofield, “Lamp Under A Jar.”

Luke 18:16-18 (KJV)
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

The context is about hiding the gospel. Here is one who has such a valuable treasure, but he attempts to hide it and keep it secret. Jesus warns His audience to be careful right here. The one who does this only seems to have that gospel. It isn’t a reality in them or else they would let it shine and make it manifest. 

The one who has this gospel will grow more and more in the things of God. The one who seems to have it but does not share it will grow less and less attracted by the things of God until, at the time of his death, what little he seems to have left is taken and he finds himself eternally in hell. 

The same can happen in a church. Once busily about the business of reaching out to others, as a church withdraws into itself, its concerns and its own troubles, it gradually loses that which it once seemed to have. The word “seemeth” may be significant. Maybe they never really had it. Maybe it was a show all along. 

Those who have true treasure could not possibly hide it.

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