Luke 13:33 Today, Tomorrow and the Day Following

Luke 13:33 (KJV)
Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

  • Jesus knew there was a threat to His life in Galilee 
  • Jesus knew He had an appointment with the cross in Jerusalem 
  • Jesus also knew He had still work to do between them

Jesus did not let the present threat, or the future reality distract Him from His purpose. Today, tomorrow, and the day following were His to use as His Father had commanded. 

Each of us is journeying toward our own Jerusalem – the appointed time of our death. We all face various dangers and threats along the way.

Don’t allow them to distract you from your walk with God today, tomorrow, or the day following. 

  • God can deliver us from danger if He wills
  • God is perfectly aware of the time when our departure is at hand

Leave those things to Him and focus instead on your next step of faith. 

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Luke 12:41 For Those Who Hear It

Luke 12:41 (KJV)
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

Earlier in the chapter the Bible says, Luke 12:1 (KJV)
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

He spoke the truths of this passage to His disciples first of all, but Peter understood they were meant to make it to all. 

  • They were not to be hidden
  • They were to be proclaimed from the housetops
  • They were to do as the wise steward
  • They were to have their loins girt and their lights lit
  • They were to judge and discern what is right

The Word of God is for those who hear it first of all. But it is also for those who never hear and do not know every bit as much. 

Luke 12:47-48 (KJV)
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

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Luke 10:20 Rather Rejoice

Luke 10:20 (KJV)
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

I wonder how many Christians today have terrible trouble with this lesson from Our Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus had commissioned the seventy who returned with glowing reports of great ministry results. 

Jesus informed them that, as a matter of ministry, He beheld Satan fall from heaven. He gave them such power, such effectiveness, and such protection as to decimate the work of the devil. 

And then Jesus cautioned them. They must not rejoice in their power, their results, or even in Satan’s fall. They were to rejoice that their names are written in heaven. 

My guess is that every professing Christian knows he is to rejoice most that He is saved. We’re “supposed” to report that as the best day of our life. But you’d have a difficult time believing it to be true from the tweets on Twitter they give come Sunday morning. It seems pretty apparent that what we’re rejoicing in is full houses, packed pews, salvation professions and baptismals stirred. 

I am not terribly sure myself how to go on and on talking about my salvation without it seeming to be repetitive or self-glorifying. But I am sure our Saviour taught His disciples that it is much more worthy of rejoicing in that the results of our ministries. 

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Luke 2:1 All The World

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.

Consider the phrase, “all the world.” There are a number of perspectives one can consider 

Caesar thought he ruled the world
What arrogance man possesses. Give him just a little bit of power and he thinks he rules all the world. 

The people felt like all the world was under his rule
Their world was only as big as what affected them. It may have been the whole world as far and they knew and as far as they were concerned.

All the world is a reference to that part which pertains to this account. 
God began His work of redemption in that part of the world. He has coordinated that spread of the Gospel from there, through Europe to the Americas and the rest of the world. No wonder the liberal world wishes to change history. It is indeed, “His-story.”

God’s Word is for all the world
And so, what happened so long ago in Israel has a direct application to all the world. 

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Luke 1:21 The People Waited

Luke 1:21 (KJV)
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

The people were waiting on him, so they wished him to hurry. 
Perhaps he had never before stayed so long in the temple This was not his custom, so they were not accustomed to waited upon him. People do get used to things. Being used to something is not the same as being OK with it. A habit is not the same as a quality of character. 

He had good reason to tarry so long
It is certain he had never received such a message as this. We are not used to waiting. If waiting is the price of God’s message, then wait on!

They did wait
Perhaps with indignation. Mostly out of duty. But they did wait. And, in waiting, they saw what they had never seen before. 

Zacharias preached a message without saying a Word. 
I think maybe the best preachers are those who know they can’t speak. 

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Luke 1:21 The People Waited

Luke 24:25 Slow of Heart

Luke 24:25 (KJV)
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 

The language of the two on the road suggests that they were close disciples but not of the eleven. The Bible says of them that, as they walked, 

Their eyes were holden that they should not know Him
I do not think this is that God would not let them know Him. I think it is the nature of man that we get so focused on other things that we cannot see Him. This is true of Christians as well as unbelievers. 

They were slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken
This too is true of believers as well as unbelievers. We who are Christians spend a great deal of time learning the Bible. (At least more time than others do.) This does not mean we believe it, or trust it, or act upon it. It is one of the greatest troubles of our world, I think, that the very people we trust to teach us the Bible so often are “slow of heart” to believe the Bible. 

It was the teaching of Jesus Himself that finally opened their eyes. 

May we have the teaching of Jesus Himself today. 

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Luke 22:3 Of The Number

Luke 22:3 (KJV)
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

Satan entered into Judas Iscariot. …“of the number of the twelve.”

Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve. 
One of the closest members of a class of men to know the Lord. 

Judas Iscariot, being of the twelve, 
saw Jesus more than almost anyone else could have. 

Judas Iscariot, being of the twelve, 
watched more of Jesus’s miracles than almost anyone else could have. 

Judas Iscariot, being of the twelve, 
heard Jesus teach more than almost anyone else could have. 

Judas Iscariot had been hand-picked,
after a night of prayer, especially by the Lord. Yet Satan entered into him. 

We had better not assume just because we’ve been added to some number among the believers, that we couldn’t be influenced by Satan to do a terrible thing to the cause of Christ. 

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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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