Luke 6:21 The Value of Laughter

Luke 6:21 (KJV)
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.[1] The beatitudes (later on in the passage) express a kind of laughter that is not good. There are those who blindly party away their goods, not realizing they have nothing to assure them of eternity.

But laughter is a thing of great benefit. When one is able to laugh he lets go of whatever is negative and hurtful and, for the moment, is in complete liberty.

The future, for the believer, is filled with this liberating joy. Whatever the pressures of this life have been, heaven is unbridled freedom, happiness and laughter. Heaven is unbridled freedom, happiness and laughter

If you can get hold of that, you can endure now.

[1] Proverbs 17:22

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Luke 5:39 Older Is Better

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

The commentaries tend to ascribe the old to the Jewish law and the new to the gospel. Hence, they interpret the parable in the negative, “No man wants to do the right thing.”

I go back to Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

I see the old as the right thing.

I see the Scribes and Pharisees as those who had introduced the new and Jesus as the sustainer of the old.

The old truth of the Messiah is better. The

  • Old doctrines,
  • Old standards,
  • Old promises of God

are better than the new things introduced by those who make faith relevant. The gospel isn’t new. It is the promise of the old.

The old is better. Anyone who has tasted it knows it to be true.

 

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Luke 4:22 Gracious Words

Luke 4:22 (KJV)
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

Exactly what were those gracious words, we are not told. Whatever Jesus says is gracious.

  • When Jesus preached His purpose in coming it was gracious
  • When Jesus expounded the meaning of Scripture it was gracious
  • When Jesus prophesied future events it was gracious
  • When Jesus pronounced coming judgment it too was gracious
  • Gracious in that He cared about His subject
  • Gracious in that He cared about His audience

Mostly

  • Gracious in that He, God, would speak to man at all.

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Luke 24:18-19 Things God Enjoys

Luke 24:18-19 (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?
And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

Have you ever been in a conversation when the one you are speaking to says something like, “If you have already heard this, stop me.”? Sometimes you might tell them you heard it but sometimes you want to hear it again.

Is there any question that the Lord knew those things that had come to pass in Jerusalem? The fact is Jesus asked them, “What things?” because He wanted to hear them speak about it. There are likely several reasons for that:

  • To help them process what had happened and come to grips with it
  • To practice the habit of speaking about the resurrection and the Gospel
  • To worship the Lord through the telling the story of His death, burial and resurrection

I am reminded of the original sin in the garden. God asked Adam and Eve if they had eaten that fruit they were told not to eat. Of course He already knew but it was good for them to confess their sin and especially to confess it to God.

God enjoys our rehearsal of our Christian experience back to Him.

  • To tell Him our sins and seek His cleansing
  • To talk to Him about what we are learning in His Word
  • To share with Him our efforts to witness in His name and
  • To rejoice with Him concerning our joys and victories on our Christian walk

these bring delight to the Lord.

Malachi 3:16-17
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

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Luke 23:11 The Real Enemy of Faith

Luke 23:11 (KJV)
And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

It is amazing that Pilate, the Roman, was so much less hateful and mean spirited toward Jesus than the Jews or even Herod was.

  • The Jews accused Him and insisted on His death
  • Herod mocked Him and set Him at nought
  • Pilate would have released Him and let Him free

Religion is the enemy of faith.

Governments, even agnostics, are not the problem. It’s when systems of religion gain some sort of power that they take ought against Christ. It’s not difficult to understand why. Christ and thus true Christianity do not pose a threat to the agnostic. Christ gives the individual freedom of conscience. No one is forced to become a Christian. Christ is not basically opposed to government. It was, after all, God who instituted it.

 

The enmity is always between religion and Christianity because it is religion that Christ opposed. It is religion, a system of works for righteousness, often enforced by governments, that attacks the Christian faith because it is that which is threatened by the Christian faith.

 

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Luke 18:1 Always Pray

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

It is significant that Jesus taught them always to pray and not faint.

  • It isn’t ally to work and not faint
  • It isn’t always to win souls and not faint
  • It isn’t always to plant churches and not faint

Jesus specifically said always to pray.

I think the reason is clear, praying without fainting will prevent fainting in the others but a person might continue in the others without praying, indeed many have done the very thing!

Prayer places the dependence upon the Lord in a demonstrate-able, but not duplicatable[1] manner. We can do all the other without prayer but you can’t really pray without praying.

  • Prayer requires we stop working.
  • Prayer insists that we slow down.
  • Prayer depends on God and not industry for answers.

Our day could never be considered more difficult than their day and Jesus’ counsel for them in their difficulty was to pray.

Prayer would be the best course of action for us too.

[1] I mean by this that no other action duplicates the same dependence upon God as does prayer.

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Luke 18:1 Always Pray

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Luke 16:9 A True Friendship with God

Luke 16:9 (KJV)
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

This passage is not encouraging Christians to make friends with unrighteous people so they will receive us when we find ourselves in need. A more consistent understanding would be, “Through the Scriptural use of those things you have received, become united with believers so that, when you die, those who have gone to heaven before you are excited to see you arrive (an abundant entrance).”

No one can buy his way into heaven. But everyone can use what God has provided him in a manner that is obedient to God’s Word and consistent with true faith. The just use of worldly things (the mammon of unrighteousness) demonstrates a true friendship with God and His own.

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Luke 14:10-11 Greatness Through Service

Luke 14:10-11 (KJV)
But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Is there anyone who doesn’t want promotion? Whether it is an improved situation at home, a better paycheck at work or associations with others of influential stature we all want to improve our circumstances. About the only people who think differently are those who have lost hope that their circumstances can improve.

The question is, how we seek to create this promotion?

  • The thief is merely trying to improve his circumstances
  • The proud and aggressive are doing the same thing
  • The person who cuts off others to get the best parking spot is just trying to improve his own circumstances.

There is another kind of promotion but it can’t be obtained through any of those methods. It is a promotion gained through humility. It is an elevation that happens through humiliation. It is giving place to another and being invited to a higher place than that.

It is greatness through service.

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Luke 13:15-17 A Heart of Compassion

Luke 13:15-17 (KJV)
The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
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.

Growing up, as I did, with farm animals such as: horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and cattle dogs, I learned early to take care of the animals before I took care of myself. Even on holidays the animals came first. No Christmas presents were opened before the animals were fed and watered. Because it’s cold at Christmas that generally meant carrying bucket after bucket of water to the horses since the trough was frozen over.

The logic was twofold:
First, the animals were money.
The cattle, hogs and sheep would all be slaughtered for meat or sold. The horses were dad’s tools of the trade. As a professional rodeo cowboy he made his living off of them

Second, and most importantly, they could not care for themselves.
We had contained and trained these animals. They could not find food or water unless we provided it for them. Compassion dictated that we do for them before we did for ourselves.

Everyone who has animals understands this compassion. Jesus did not have to point out why the Jews were free to feed and water their oxen on the Sabbath. This was a point well understood and accepted. What He could do is use this logic to demonstrate why having compassion on another human was equally justified.

God has given us in salvation something so great that it would be irresponsible and plainly uncompassionate to withhold it from others. Paul said he was a debtor to all men. There was no day in his life, no event he was involved in that justified him of keeping back the gospel from another.

May God give us all the same heart.

 

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Luke 10:1 Jesus Is Coming Too

Luke 10:1 (KJV)
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

The Lord appointed these seventy that they would go witness to cities He Himself would come to. They, in effect, prepared his way. It was a ministry similar to that of John the Baptist.

It reminds me of the work we do as believers and as witnesses for Jesus Christ. Our job is to go where Jesus is already going. We are not the answer to anyone’s needs. Our ministry, our care, our compassion – though needful, is temporary if not practically pointless except for this one fact, Jesus is coming too. Ours is to point people to look for the Saviour.

  • His ministry
  • His care
  • His compassion

Is what they need and is truly the answer.

Where He sends us then we can know that He is coming too.

Matthew 28:20b (KJV
… and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

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