Luke- Week 8- Day 5

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,  (29)  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  (30)  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,  (31)  And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.

Luke 4:28-31

Explanation:

Rejection did not stop him.  The people that knew him the longest had rejected His message, identity and mission.  Imagine the ending of your sermon to your hometown being them coming to the front to grab you and take you out to execute you.  This is what was happening to Jesus.  They grabbed Him intending to throw Him off of a cliff, but Jesus performed the supernatural.  This was not His time to die.  He supernaturally got away from them, “passing through the midst of them” and continued on His mission.  Where did He go?  “And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days”.  This even did not end His teaching ministry.

There are three attitudes exhibited by Jesus’ hometown that caused them to miss the Messiah.  We should be careful to examine our lives and reject these attitudes.

What attitudes cause us to reject the Messiah?

1. Familiarity

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?  


Luke 3:22

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Mark 6:3

If we are not careful we can become familiar with Jesus.  We can believe that because we know about Jesus that we have trusted in Jesus.  We can believe that because we are American that means we are Christian.  We can believe that because we do good things we are saved. We can believe that because we go to church and sing the songs and got baptized we know Jesus as our Savior. If there was never a time where we confessed our need for a Savior to God and turned to Christ for salvation we are yet in our sins.  And even for those of us who know Christ as Savior, we can get in the routine and habit of religious practice and miss out on what God wants to do because of familiarity.  Every time we meet we should ask, “God what do you want me to do today.  How should I respond to your word?  How do I need to change?”  We should come to church with expectation.  God, who is going to get saved today? What are you going to do today?

2. Apathy

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  (15)  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  (16)  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:14-16

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In Revelation Jesus tells John to write a letter to seven different churches.  The one written to the church of Laodicea encapsulates how they, as believers, were missing out on what God wanted to do in them and through them.  There was an apathy.  They were saved, but they weren’t continuing to grow in their relationship with Christ.  They were lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. They were apathetic.  And Jesus said, in effect, you make me want to vomit!

3. Self-Deception

(17)  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  

Revelation 3:17

These people were self-deceived.  They had convinced themselves that they were ok when they were not. We can get there, too.  We can believe that we are saved because we believe about Jesus but haven’t trusted in Jesus.  We can believe that we are right with God as believers, when really our relationship with God isn’t what it ought to be. 

Application:

If we are waking up to this reality what do we do?  What is the solution?

Passionate repentance and belief in Jesus!

(18)  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  (19)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.  (20)  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:18-20

Response:

Are you missing out on Jesus because of some wrong attitude?  Repent today!

Luke- Week 8- Day 2

(16) And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  
(17)  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, (18)  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  (19)  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  (20)  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Luke 4:16-17

Explanation:
The Messiah’s Mission

“and stood up for to read”

This showed reverance for the scripture as the Word of God. This would have been a scroll brought to Him. He unrolls it, and reads. The scripture about to be read is found in Isaiah 61:1-2.

These were people that knew Jesus. Many of them would have known of Him His whole life. He had come to this synagouge throughout His entire life. They also would have been in a culture looking for deliverance from Rome and a coming messiah.

So they hear Jesus read a messianic passage that refers to:

  • the poor
  • the brokenhearted
  • the captives
  • the blind
  • and the bruised.

No doubt they may have felt this way as a nation. No doubt they thought that when the Messiah was going to come, He would help bring a fix to all of these problems- poverty, captivity, blindness and the like. But this text that Jesus read was not referring exclusively to physical poverty, emotional trauma, imprisonment, physical disability and injury.
In this passage it gives metaphors about the state of the sinner and what salvation is like.
Sinners are poor, having nothing to offer God that will take away their sin debt on their own. Sinners are spiritually sick and in need of healing. Sinners are held captive by their sin and in need of release. Sinners are blind, unable to see themselves rightly.
They hear Jesus read this passage that also refers to this personal pronoun “me”.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me…
…to heal
…to preach
…to recover
…to set at liberty

Normally after the reading there would have been some exposition. When it says that “he sat down”, this was the normal position of the person that gives the teaching after the reading. Teachers in that day sat down.
The scripture says that all of the eyes were “fastened” on Jesus after he read this. What would he say about this scripture? Did he have new insight into this scripture? He has been teaching with authority through all of Caperneum. There were stories about Him being “born of a virgin”. John the Baptist was His cousin and had said some big things about Him. What is he going to say?

Jesus is reading a passage that says that when the Messiah comes he will be all about salvation. These descriptions are metaphors about what the Messiah is going to do for those who are in need. This will be His mission.

Application:
It is important for us to understand that mission of the Messiah was to seek and to save that which was lost. That is the mission that He gave to us. We cannot save, but we can introduce people to the One who can. This was His mission, and it is still His desire.

Response:
Who do you need to tell about Christ today?

Luke- Week 8- Day 1

(14) And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.  (15)  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

Luke 4:14-15

Explanation:

The Ministry of the Messiah

Jesus had spent over a year down in Judea according to the book of John.  Luke begins telling about Jesus’ ministry by starting more than year in when he began to minister in Galilee.  Luke is not giving all of these narratives completely chronologically, but selects them specifically for a reason.  Luke begins in Jesus’ hometown, and tells this story because it really does introduce the ministry of Jesus.

Jesus’s ministry was a ministry of reaching, teaching and ministering to people.  Some people accepted Him and others rejected Him.  Nazareth was the town where Jesus was brought up.

Notice what the scripture says about the habits of Jesus.  He said, “as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day”.  Jesus had a habit to gathering with people at the synagogue.  If it was a habit for Jesus to gather together with people where the Word of God is taught and where God is worshipped, it isn’t a bad plan for us as well.  We should imitate Him in that.

The “synagogue” was a place for gathering for worship and the study of God’s word.  The word translated “synagogue” is found 5 times in this chapter. 

Synagogues are not found in the Old Testament.  In the time of the captivity, Jerusalem’s temple had been destroyed.  People began to gather together to worship and study God’s Word.  By the time Jesus came on the scene there were synagogues all over the Mediterranean world.  Wherever there were 10 Jewish men they were able to have a synagogue.  They had a person, called a “ruler of the synagogue”, that was in charge of choosing who would teach.  They had a person in charge of the buildings and the scrolls.  They were called “houses of instruction” and that is exactly what they were.

There were often educational opportunities through the week, and even the equivalent of an elementary school for kids, except they exclusively taught the Torah to the children.  tGod, in His providence, had made all these synagogues spring up.  When Jesus came he had places to go around and preach and teach.

This is a similar custom to what the Apostle Paul adopted.  Paul would go to the synagogues because it was a concentrated gathering of people who already believed in the God of the Old Testament, and that revered the Old Testament scriptures.

Application:

God prepared the world for Jesus’ ministry.

The fact that God had moved history towards these local gatherings of people for the point of Bible teaching, worship and fellowship shows that God was preparing the world for His Son.  Called in the scripture “the fullness of times”, God brought Jesus at just the right time in human history to bring about His purposes.  This same God is in control of our history and our lives.  He can be trusted

Jesus had a habit of gathering with others for worship, instruction and fellowship.

If Jesus exemplified this, so should we.  We need to gather with our local body for these same reasons.

The gathering of people for the instruction of the Word of God is part of God’s plan for evangelizing the world.

The point of this gathering is for God to be worshipped by ourselves and everyone that He has called us to reach.  As we grow together in Christlikeness with other believers God grows us into the missionaries that He wants us to be.  The end of discipleship is service and sending into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature.

Response:

Are you gathering with other believers regularly?

Are you growing as a disciple and as a missionary?

Luke- Week 7- Day 5

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  (38)  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:37-38

Why should I love?

2. Reward from Men

Jesus goes on to continue to state what love looks like.  Love looks like not harshly and unmercifully judging or condemning.  Love means forgiving. Love means giving.

Jesus makes the case that when we love this way- when we love genuinely, without the motivation to manipulate others to love us back- we will have great relationships with those around us.  People will that express that kind of love back to us.

How?

Jesus uses the common sights of the marketplace to describe how much we will be rewarded.  It is not like potato chips, where half of the bag is empty.  No, it is good measure!  Pressed down, shaken together, and running over!  He is talking about blessings that are full and overflowing.

He then states the principle this way:

“For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Luke 6:38

What you sow is what you reap.  When you love authentically with no expectation in return, you will be more likely to receive that kind of love.

Application:

We can often tell when people are not genuine in their expression of love to us, and when we do feel like the love is not genuine, we tend to reject it.  When people are genuine in their love, we tend to love them back genuinely. 

When a whole community of people come together and love each other genuinely, it becomes a testimony to the outside world.  When they love people that they should hate, it is a testimony as well.

Response:

Who is someone you should demonstrate genuine love to today?