Luke 24:18 Can You See Jesus?

Luke 24:18 (KJV)
And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

The irony of this text is, I am afraid, mostly lost on us. Here is Cleopas asking Jesus if He was new to the area because he’s asking what had happened.

Cleopas knew all about:

  • The ministry of Jesus
  • The miracles of Jesus
  • The claims of Jesus
  • The crucifixion of Jesus
  • The burial of Jesus

he even knew about

  • The empty tomb of Jesus

But he obviously didn’t know Jesus. At least he didn’t know Him well enough to recognize Him as He walked and talked with him.

I am afraid this is the condition of far too many a churchgoer. We know so much about the faith we could “school” the Lord. But we can’t see Jesus when He is right next to us.

Oh, fools and slow of heart to believe.

Lord, help us.

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Luke 24:18 Can You See Jesus?

Luke 22:67-68 We Must Tell Them The Truth

Luke 22:67-68 (KJV)
Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.

As much as we complain about the bias of our day, nothing has ever really changed. Of course, the mainstream media didn’t exist in Jesus’ day, but if it had, it would have behaved much like the chief priests, scribes, and elders of the people did.

Jesus recognized that they were not interested in the truth. They did not ask Jesus legitimate questions, nor were they looking for truthful answers.

They had no intention of believing Jesus or letting Him free.

And He knew it.

He, therefore, did not enter into a conversation with them. What did was to declare a truthful judgment upon them.

As we approach the end of days, we Christians will find those of the world less and less willing to reason with us. They are angry. They are mad at life, mad at God, and mad at us for believing Him. They will not accept our message, nor will they excuse us for believing it.

This in no way means we must not talk to them. I said talk to them, not with them. The conversation is, by their choice, one way.

Regardless of the consequences, we must tell them the truth.

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Luke 22:67-68 We Must Tell Them The Truth

Luke 21:14 Put This To Bed

Luke 21:14 (KJV)
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

It would be entirely appropriate to define the word settle in modern terms as “put it to bed.” This thing is laid down, at rest. It’s not active in any way; it’s not changing posture, position, or place.

The context has to do with coming persecution. When these disciples face persecution in the future, rather than attempting to prepare a winning argument to get them out of their distress, they were to simply trust that God would give them the answer. Some have tried to connect this with preaching. That connection is a mistake. Some would say that the disciples were not supposed to be trained. This, too, would be an error. They were in training at that moment. Previously prepared persons may trust the Lord to use that preparation under pressure.

My point is that proper preparation enables us to “put to bed” our testimony. It’s not that we live unaware of what’s around us. We simply have no concern about what an appropriate response to pressure is. It’s already settled. We will trust the Lord.

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Luke 21:14 Put This To Bed

Luke 20:14 There Is An Inheritance

Luke 20:14 (KJV)
But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

A person might read this parable and think it to be about as ridiculous as the question the Sadducees asked him about the woman with seven husbands. Jesus’s parable is, I suggest, meant to seem ridiculous. Who in their right mind would believe that, by killing the master’s son, the master would give them his inheritance?

This is precisely what happened with the Jews. They were so self-deceived that, when Jesus, the Son of God, came to them, they actually believed they would do God’s service by killing Him.

Oh, but the same ridiculous notion happens regularly today. People deny Christ, ignore Christ, rob Christ’s glory, and still expect to have the favor of the Lord upon them. They live in denial of all that God has said and then accuse God when something terrible happens in their world.

Just as the Jews of Jesus’s day killed the Son of God because they refused to recognize Him as God’s Son, people today deny and denigrate His name because they do not believe His testimony.

There is an inheritance to be received. It is received by those who come to Jesus and trust Him as their Saviour.

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Luke 20:14 There Is An Inheritance

Luke 18:21 A Concern for Their Souls

Luke 18:21 (KJV)
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

Jesus expressed concern for this “certain ruler.” We would do well to have the same concern for him and those like him.

First, I see he was religious
He came to Jesus interested in matters of eternal life. He knew the commandments. He was a man of religion. We might think of him as spiritual.

Second, he would have been thought of as good
At least he thought of himself that way. He said he had kept all the commandments of the Word since his youth. He was not riotous or rebellious. He wasn’t even reckless. On the contrary, he would have been an upstanding community member.

Finally, we learn that he was rich
We like to call him the rich young ruler, but that is not how the Bible describes him. He was a ruler first. Rich was third on the list.

There is more than one sort of wealth. Pride can create a sense of wealth. I think of the church of Laodicea who thought of themselves as rich and needing nothing when in truth, they were poor, miserable, blind, and naked.

This ruler’s trouble is the same as many a modern churchgoer. As good as they see themselves to be, as spiritual as their lifestyle may reveal them to be, they miss the kingdom of God.

This certain ruler may even have an advantage over so many in churches today. He was at least willing to ask about eternal life. My concern is for those so sure of themselves that they cannot imagine themselves not possessing a home in heaven.

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Luke 18:21 A Concern for Their Souls

Luke 17:32 Lifeless, Bitter, Useless

Luke 17:32 (KJV)
Remember Lot’s wife.

What we are most likely to remember is that Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.

  • No looking back on God’s call upon our lives
  • No looking back at the loss of the things of the world
  • No looking back to the life that used to be but isn’t anymore

The context has to do with the coming of the Lord.  Jesus said of that hour, Luke 17:32 (KJV)
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

It’s not so much you must die to self to be saved but that we die to self in order to look up to the Lord. The Christian cannot afford an affection for the world.

  • A house
  • A position
  • An income
  • Even family

these must never cause our eyes to turn away from Christ.

I do not believe a born again Christian (there is no other kind) can ever lose their salvation. I have, however, witnessed several turn into a lifeless pillar of bitterness and spiritual uselessness because they would not let go of the past.

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Luke 17:32 Lifeless, Bitter, Useless

Luke 15:18 You’re Welcome Home

Luke 15:18 (KJV)
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

While the primary application of this parable has to do with the relationship of God the Father with the Jews, most of us see in it a second application having to do with our children and our desire to have an enduring relationship with them. This is especially true of the believing parent desiring a strong spiritual relationship with their children.

I propose a third application. Though it may seem weaker because we know that the pastor is not a father figure, perhaps we could view him as representative of the whole church. A member of the church leaves. We cannot stop them. We know it not their best decision. We know it is neither a biblical nor spiritual decision. We are nevertheless helpless to stop them.

They leave with all that God has given them. The gifts and callings were meant to be fulfilled in the framework of the spiritual body the Lord gave to them. Now this church will forever do without these gifts and callings. They freely spend those gifts and callings in another land. As long as his inheritance lasted, he had plenty of friends in that other land. There is no doubt that another church will accept them and gladly receive what is not theirs.

If this brother or sister has indeed walked away from the Lord’s calling, sooner or later, their inheritance will expire. I’ve known many a “faithful” Christian to have moved outside of the will of God, gladly received into a church but eventually burning out there, gladly received into another church but, burning out there, quit on the things of God altogether.

When he was come to himself. Not too many ever come to the place of humility where they will return. They come back empty. They come back with some baggage. They come back to some brethren who will have to be convinced they ought to be allowed back. Few are willing to come back.

God’s people, Jesus’s body, the local church, will welcome them home.

I pray for those who’ve taken their substance into a far country to come home.

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Luke 15:18 You’re Welcome Home

Luke 12:21 The Kind of Wealth God Respects

Luke 12:21 (KJV)
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Our current church culture, one where we value beautiful buildings, comfortable seating, and costly accouterments, tends to define “rich toward God” as being generous in our financial giving to church. To be sure, the Bible does teach us to give financially. It even tells us to do so both cheerfully and bountifully. I do not in any way deny or discourage that.

But I don’t believe that is the gist of this passage. Neither do I believe giving to church constitutes laying up treasure in heaven. Indeed, if our heart is in love with financial treasures, that’s a problem even if we have laid it up in heaven.

Consider the context. The point Jesus was making is that the man’s wealth, savings, and plans for bigger barns were meaningless. Our Father knows what we have need of. Our Father needs none of what we have. He is perfectly capable of caring for His own in a manner far exceeding what we may gain on our own. We cannot buy His favor nor develop a walk with Him by paying Him off.

Being rich toward God means having an increasing relationship and walking with Him. It means to live in constant preparedness for that night our soul will be required of us. Our treasure in heaven must be God alone.

That is the sort of wealth God respects.

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Luke 12:21 The Kind of Wealth God Respects

Luke 7:4 The Best Building Block for Life

Luke 7:4 (KJV)
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

Here is a Gentile man, a soldier no less, of whom the elders of the Jews ascribed worth.

Thus, the subject of worth becomes the topic.

  • The elders of the Jews believed he was worthy
  • He said of himself that he was unworthy
  • Upon hearing him, Jesus honored him as worthy

My thought is this,
The Jews, who notoriously thought of Gentiles as dogs, saw his worth: because he loved Israel, and had built them a synagogue, and because he viewed himself as unworthy.

He loved the nation and built the synagogue precisely because he viewed himself as unworthy. He saw in their faith a truth that was higher than anything he had witnessed in the pagan world.

Jesus praised his faith as greater than anything He had seen in Israel. It was a faith that was born of his humility.

There is no greater block upon which to build friendships, businesses, and faith than the building block of humility.

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Luke 7:4 The Best Building Block for Life

Luke 6:3 Apples and Oranges

Luke 6:3 (KJV)
And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

Apples and Oranges

People who consider themselves to be expert in debate and argument have devised what they consider to be the “rules of engagement” for debating ideas and disagreements. One of those rules would have to do with comparing apples to apples. According to their rules of engagement it would be inappropriate to bring an orange to an apple debate.

Interesting

The debate of our text has to do with Jesus’ disciples plucking and eating corn on the Sabbath. Jesus, referring them to the Word of God, reminds them of David taking bread from the tabernacle when he and his men were hungry. He then applied that to the Sabbath and declared Himself to be Lord of the Sabbath.

I understand those who hold to the debating rules would likely not consider Jesus to be their foremost expert. Those of us who are believers really should.

Here’s the lesson

The answer isn’t in the apples or the oranges. It is in the Word of God.  The Bible takes us to Jesus Christ who is Lord and Master of it all.

  • Know the Bible
  • Believe the Bible
  • Do and obey the Bible

That is all.

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Luke 6:3 Apples and Oranges