Luke 5:23 Jesus Has a Priority Too

Luke 5:23 (KJV)
Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

We discover in this passage a key to Christian faith and life. Both:

  • Thy sins be forgiven thee and
  • Rise up and walk

are impossible declarations. Only God could do either.

The crippled man’s friends brought him to Jesus, seeking his healing. That was their priority. So many people believe that the purpose of faith is “health, wealth, and prosperity.” Among the believers with whom I fellowship, we would deny it, but observation bears out it’s still the thing for which we hope. We may bring a friend to church hoping they get saved, but we also hope that, in salvation, they will find happiness, deliverance from sin, healing in their marriage, and so on. I am not criticizing; I’m just saying.

Jesus did not immediately heal this man. What He did was forgive his sins. The faith of his friends did not instantly translate to healing his paralysis but in the forgiveness of sin.

It was not in response to their faith that the friend was healed. Jesus only did that as a sign for the Jews. Paul tells us that the need for such signs has passed.

The miracle of sins forgiven happens very often, every time a lost person is saved. It is the miracle for which we ought to pray and the one for which we ought to bring our friends to Jesus. Believing that our friends and loved ones can find forgiveness and eternal life; this is the one reason we ought to get people to church and to the Lord.

If God does any other wonderful thing in their life, is an incidental matter. It’s not the thing “to write home about.” The miracle that Jesus sets as His own priority is the forgiveness of their sins.

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Luke 5:23 Jesus Has a Priority Too

Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Luke 2:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Mankind is so arrogant and egocentric. Caesar Augustus decreed that “all the world” should be taxed. True, Rome was a large empire. They did rule a large part of the Middle East as well as some portion of Europe. They had fingers that reached into what became the British Isles and had some influence as far south as Egypt. But. in its greatest day, Rome controlled just a fraction, a tiny piece of all the world.

In many respects they didn’t even control those places they believed to be under their thumb. They never converted the Jews, for instance, into their paganism. They had a presence in Israel. The children of God were in no position to run them out. But Rome was in no position to push them either.

What we see in the account is that there was one in control of all the world. God superintended through the dominion of Rome and the rebellion of Israel to deliver to all the world, in a manner no man could duplicate, a Saviour – Jesus Christ.

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Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Luke 21:13 Your Testimony

Luke 21:13 (KJV)
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

If this passage is interpreted in any other sense than a corporate one, it makes no sense. 

On the one hand
Vs 16
…and some of you shall they cause to be put to death

On the other
Vs 18
There shall not a hair of your head perish

Which one is it?

It is both because while some individuals within the body will be put to death, the body itself will survive unscathed. 

We, therefore, corporately have no reason to be terrified.[1] And we have every reason to be patient and trusting through the distress.[2]

The passage is in reference to the Tribulation period and is therefore relative to the nation of Israel, not to Christians who have somehow found themselves in the middle of that Tribulation.[3]


[1] Luke 21:9 (KJV)
But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

[2] Luke 21:19 (KJV)
In your patience possess ye your souls.

[3] Because no current Christians will find themselves in that Tribulation. We will be raptured away before it begins.

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Luke 21:13 Your Testimony

Luke 20:7 They Could Not Answer

Luke 20:7 (KJV)
And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.

Interestingly they answered that they could not answer. 

Notice the crowd:

  • The chief priests 
  • The scribes
  • The elders 

These were the people in Israel one would have thought had the answers. The Bible makes it very clear why they could not provide one. They were worried about the consequences of their answer. They reasoned among themselves what would be the repercussions of whatever answer they gave and so chose to give no answer. 

I think this problem plagues more preachers than we imagine. We may have an answer from the Bible, but we are keenly aware that whatever answer we give will come with consequences. 

There is an answer the inquirer is not mature enough to embrace
Paul addresses this issue in Romans and the subject of meat. Though I might know a thing is biblically true, I need to be aware that not all believers have this same level of understanding. 

There is an answer the inquirer does not want to hear
Proverbs, I believe, teaches us to let the inquirer dip out the counsel rather than our just pouring it all over them. If they are not reachable, hold your tongue.

There is an answer that is our opinion and not strictly biblical
And in those cases, we ought to admit it and be flexible if not teachable ourselves.

The best way to address each of these issues is by avoiding one on one counseling and teaching and insist instead on the inquirer getting their answers from the public preaching. If they are not listening there, they will not receive what we might give privately.

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Luke 20:7 They Could Not Answer

Luke 19:14 Consider the Citizens

Luke 19:14 (KJV)
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

Consider the citizens of the parable, their hatred of, and their message after the king
Had no bearing on what the fact was
He did still rule regardless of their hatred and regardless of their message. The will of man is powerless in so many ways. The will is incapable of changing most natural circumstances in life. The will is, however, capable of changing how we respond to, and therefore how we are affected by those circumstances.

Would have been known by the servants
Whose job it was to occupy until the nobleman came home. Each of those servants was responsible to occupy in the midst of this hatred and opposition. Of the ten servants I note two were equally commended though they did not produce equal fruit, one was rebuked basically because he did nothing. I think his crime was not that he produced no fruit but because he had the wrong spirit toward the nobleman. He had let the attitude of the hateful citizens influence him. This world’s hatred of the Lord must never be allowed to enter into our hearts. Nothing is said of the seven others. The majority of the Lord’s servants are average people faithfully serving behind the scenes.

Resulted in their judgment
Their rejection of the nobleman changed nothing but their own fate. I do not suggest that, should our government be evil, we blindly comply. Especially in the United States we have other options. We do not have to rebel. We can stand legally. We can influence with our voices, and we can vote. 

The object and lesson of the parable has a weightier consequence. The nobleman is representative of the Lord Jesus Christ and the judgment at the end is worse than death – it is eternal judgment in hell and then the Lake of Fire. Rejection of Christ in no way changes who or what Jesus is. It does sentence the rejecter to eternal torment.

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Luke 19:14 Consider the Citizens

Luke 18:1 In Praying Don’t Faint

Luke 18:1 (KJV)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

  • Don’t faint in praying 
  • In praying don’t faint

It seems to me that the context is clear. 

Jesus spoke this parable to teach His disciples not to faint or to quit praying 
We are too often quitters on God. Believing that we can get our desires and wants through hard work and cleverness, we tend to pay God a bit of lip service and then set about getting what we want our way. Sometimes we don’t want to bring the matter before God because we suspect He might indicate He doesn’t wish us to have the thing we want. 

But there is another way to apply the teaching of Jesus. 

It is in praying that we find the strength not to faint 
Prayer is the most powerful spiritual weapon at our disposal. No wonder that the devil uses even well-meaning Christian people to press us into service and away from sitting at the feet of our Saviour. 

Get on your face before God in prayer. Stay there, don’t faint. The longer you are there the more strength you will find not to faint in prayer.

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Luke 18:1 In Praying Don’t Faint

Luke 17:3-4 The Onus Is On The Offended

Luke 17:3-4 (KJV)
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

God’s plan for dealing with offenses and trespasses really is simple. But notice that Jesus places the onus on the offended, not the offender. As a Christian my focus should be on how I handle being offended and not how the offender is to be handled.

When someone trespasses against us
Rebuke him. 
There will be trespasses. We simply are not perfect. We will be trespassed against. We will trespass against. 

If he repents
Forgive him. 
Most of the time. At least a lot of the time, they will repent. They will turn from their trespass. They will stop doing it. When they stop, forgive them. It’s over. It’s done. 

If he repeats the trespass, and you repeat the rebuke and he repeats the repentance 
Forgive him again and again

And he will trespass against you more than once. He, like you, is human. That he repeats the trespass does not mean it was false repentance. It means he failed to continue in it. If and when he repents, forgive over and over and over. It is the only way any of us can actually survive in a multi-people community. 

If he does not repent, then the Bible teaches in other places how to deal with that

  • Remove him from the Fellowswhip of the body
  • Refrain as a member of the body from his company 
  • Pray that, at some point he will repent

Trust God’s plan. It will work if we will follow it. 

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Luke 17:3-4 The Onus Is On The Offended

Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 16:15 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Of the Pharisees Jesus said these three things:

  • They justify themselves before men
  • They are highly esteemed among men
  • God knows their hearts and it is an abomination in the sight of God

He spoke directly to these Pharisees but is there not a warning for us?

We must be careful not to justify ourselves
I believe we do this too often when we create a culture that in the sight of others appears to be righteous but hides to truth that resides in our hearts. 

We must be careful not to seek the esteem of men
The heart is so desperately wicked that this is a bigger issue than we generally wish to admit. We like our heroes, and it is even better if we are one in someone’s eyes.

We must take care that we have not deceived ourselves into accepting the esteem of men 
Because this will certainly come at the price of being an abomination in the sight of God. 

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Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 15:25-32 Mercy, Properly Employed

Luke 15:25-32 (KJV)
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

One of the most challenging things people deal with is forgiveness. Therefore, one of the most difficult things to communicate to them is mercy. 

The father had done his eldest son absolutely no wrong. He still had all that had ever been promised him. He still maintained the role of the first born. His father had love for him, respect, and appreciation. 

But the eldest was upset with the younger son. Because of his bitterness, he could not see the blessing of his return. He could not understand why his father would celebrate. 

Mercy, properly employed, is a picture of our Heavenly Father’s love for men and women. We ought to practice it even when people do not understand it. Indeed, the fact that they come to ask us to explain it may be the best reason to practice it. 

Could it be there is someone living in the pig pen of unforgiveness who will finally come home because of our mercy toward others?

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Luke 15:25-32 Mercy, Properly Employed

Luke 14:7 Publicly, Directly, Immediately

Luke 14:7 (KJV)
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,

Jesus marked, observed, He took note of, how those who were bidden behaved
Jesus was neither indifferent to it nor ignorant of it. He purposely paid attention to the behavior of those who attended this supper.

Jesus spoke directly to them at the moment of their behavior concerning their behavior 
He corrected them publicly, directly, and immediately. He gave them no time to separate themselves from their own actions. He was not unkind. But I imagine someone was offended because it was so obvious of whom He spoke. 

Jesus, I believe, would have His disciples to do likewise 
The best way to correct a behavior is immediately and directly. We ought never and do not have to be unkind, but we must be forthright and direct. 

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Luke 14:7 Publicly, Directly, Immediately