Luke- Week 22- Day 1

(39) And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.  (40)  And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 

Luke 22:39-40


In this pivotal moment Jesus goes to the mount of olives.  This is a place that he had been to many times before.  There is a clue to this truth in verse 39 where it says he went “as he was wont”.  This is an old english way of saying that this was a familiar pattern with Jesus.  Jesus had often gone to the mount of olives.  He is referred to as being in the mount of olives in every Gospel, and is placed there multiple times.

Matthew and Mark contain what is called the Olivet discourse where His disciples ask Him about the end of the age:

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Also in Mark:

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

Mark 13:3

We have already seen him in the area in Luke at the beginning of the triumphal entry.

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

Luke 19:37

In the Gospel of John you’ll find this verse:

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

John 8:1

It’s at the end of a discussion that the people were having about the identity of Jesus.  Right after he goes to the mount of olives in John 8:1, he comes back to the temple. 

He had gone there for a reason, and I conjecture it would be to get alone with God.

The specific place on the Mount of Olives that Jesus went to was a gareden called Gethsamene.  We know this from parallel passages in Matthew and Mark.

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

Matthew 26:36

And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

Mark 14:32

Jesus often would get alone to pray.

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Matthew 14:23

And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

Mark 6:46

And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

Luke 9:28 

And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Luke 11:1

When Jesus taught about prayer, He said this about having a place to pray:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:5-6


Prayer was so pivotal to Jesus.  He had a place to pray.  He made time to pray.  My question for us is quite obvious.  Do we have a place to pray?  Do you have a place?  Do you have a time?  Do you have somewhere you go to pray?  Is it part of your schedule?  How can we expect the rewards of God apart from the presence of God?  Why should we expect the blessing of God when we do not spend time with God?


Pick a place and a time and get to praying!

Don’t miss the point! Luke- Week 14- Day 5

(36)  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?  (37)  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Luke 10:36-37


Here comes the question for which the whole story was told.  Which now of these three…was the neighbor to the man?  The three here was the priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan.  This what Jesus called them in the story.  Notice then how the lawyer, from the same class as the priest and Levite, answered the question.  He does not call him the Samaritan.  He calls him “he that shewed mercy on him.”  It may be reading between the lines, but it is almost as if he does not want to say the word “Samaritan”.  Yet, he cannot deny the facts of the story.  The one who was the neighbor to him was the Samaritan.  This is his answer and then Jesus tells him to go and do likewise.

The truth is that the lawyer has not loved like that.  He has not loved God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength.  He has not loved His neighbors as he loves himself.  He cannot go and do likewise in such a way that he could earn eternal life. 

“Go and do thou likewise” hangs out there like an unresolved chord needing resolution.  The man must plead “I can’t!  I have not!  Help me!  Forgive me!  I need mercy.  I need eternal life.  I need God’s help to love like that.”  If the lawyer’s attitude did not change from seeking to justify himself (vs. 29), he walked away rejecting Jesus and thinking that he was ok. 


Certainly, there is an application to us regarding who our neighbor is.  Our neighbor is everyone that we can help.  We are responsible for the wellbeing of those around us at some level.  There is no person which we should not love when we have the chance.

But to say that this is the main point is to miss the point.  The main point is that we cannot do this on our own.  We cannot love God and love others more than ourselves on our own.  We have broken God’s law, and we need God’s mercy to forgive us, as well as God’s power to help us to do this.

This is why Jesus came.  He loved God perfectly and loved others perfectly.  He kept the law we could not keep, and then paid the price we could not pay so that we can be forgiven, and then indwelt by the Holy Spirit who then empowers us to love God and others from the heart.


  • Confess, repent and trust in Christ.
  • Ask God to help you love like He loves!

Luke- Week 12- Day 1

(36)  And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. (37)  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, (38)  And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. (39)  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. (40)  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

Luke 7:36-50


(36)  And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.

The pharisees were dealt with quite a lot by Jesus, but often you will see them say “certain of the Pharisees”.  Not every pharisee had equal disdain for Jesus.  You see people like Nicodemus come to Jesus admitting that what they saw Him doing caused them to pause, and even to acknowledge that God was with Him.

Here Jesus comes to the house of a pharisee to eat with him.  Hospitality in the ancient near east was a big deal.  This would have been a significant thing to have Jesus over for a meal as a pharisee.

(37)  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

What an incredible scene we see unfold!  Luke describes this woman as one “in the city, which was a sinner”.  Her sin was evident to many in the room by reputation.  She had heard that Jesus was in the house of this pharisee and came, not with a need for healing, but with a desire to be forgiven and to honor Jesus. This is evident by her bringing an alabaster box of ointment and by her behavior following.  This alabaster box of ointment would have been very costly.

Some have made the claim that this woman was a prostitute because of her being known as someone with a sinful reputation, by her subsequent actions, and the pharisee’s response to her as almost an infection to the dinner party. The word “pharisee” literally translated means “one who is separated’, or “a separatist”.  Their view of themselves was to be separated from sin and from sinners.  So, to have “a sinner” who up in his house would have been socially awkward.

(38)  And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

We would not see what this woman is doing as normal for sure, but we certainly would not have seen it as something sinfully sexual.  Yet, in that culture, for a woman to have her hair down was seen as improper.  To touch a man in public would have been highly inappropriate. To kiss a man, and to pour ointment on him would have been seen this way as well.

The contrast between the pharisee and the woman is stark.  He is ceremonially pure, and at least acknowledges Jesus as the same by asking Him into His house.  This woman is clearly seen as impure and would normally not been asked to dinner.  This would have been something that forwarded what many thoughts about Jesus that was expressed earlier in the chapter:

(34)  The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

Luke 7:34

She will be further contrasted by Jesus Himself.  For now, let us notice her actions contrasted with the response of this Pharisee.

(39)  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

This Pharisee’s reaction is not surprising knowing the normal position of the Pharisees.  This woman was not seen as someone who could be redeemed or reformed.  She was seen as someone to be separated from and avoided.  She was seen as a problem, an infection, irredeemable and deplorable.

Jesus accepting adoration from this woman made the Pharisee doubt Jesus’ position as a prophet.  The Pharisee must have seen him as at least potentially being a prophet up until this point because he would have taken some grief from those who clearly denied Jesus claim to being the Messiah.  But at this point He doubts Jesus’ status because Jesus accepts this woman’s costly expression of worship.


Jesus saw the woman as someone who needed forgiveness and who was rightly offering Him worship.   The Pharisees view of the woman was of someone more sinful and unacceptable to God than himself.  His view of Jesus’ acceptance of this lady was that it made Jesus less than what He ought to be, maybe even a sinner Himself.

We must be careful in our evaluation of other people.  We may see some people as beyond the forgiveness and reach of God.  We may see ourselves as better than others. 

Jesus had clearly communicated His position to come to reach the lost, poor, broken, blind and captive. The truth is that this described everyone in the room but could only be received by those who acknowledged their own need, who acknowledged their own spiritual poverty.

We must view ourselves and others rightly, as those who need Jesus and His offer of forgiveness.


Do you understand your own need for Jesus?  Do you see others the way Jesus does?

Fully Healed and Fully Forgiven. Luke- Week 10- Day 5

(25)  And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. (26)  And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Luke 5:26-27


When Jesus healed, He healed completely.  Think about all that had to happen for this man to be healed.  Muscle and bone had to regenerate.  Memories in the brain that helped the brain remember how to walk had to come to pass.  This man was completely and fully healed.  He did not get up walking slowly, limping or bent over.  He got up.  He picked up His bed.  He went home.  The whole time he went he was glorifying God.  Worship was happening.

Now remember, Jesus had tied the healing to His ability and authority to forgive sin.  Jesus forgives sin just like Jesus healed.  He healed completely, and He forgives completely.  By healing this man, He proved that He can forgive sin.  He proved that He was God.

Notice the reaction of the crowd.  They were amazed.  They glorified God. They were filled with fear. Jesus proved to these people that Jesus could forgive sin.  In fact, if you remember, the passage said in verse 17 that the power of God was present to heal them.  The forgiveness that was available to the man was available to them. 


God’s forgiveness is available to you, today.  He has the authority and the power to forgive.  He wants to forgive.  We must go to Him by faith and seek His forgiveness.  Have you accepted God’s free gift of salvation?  Ultimately Jesus made the forgiveness of our sin possible by taking the judgement and sin of the whole world on Him.  “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”   The scripture says in 1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”


Forgiveness is fully and finally available in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Call in Him today for salvation.  Confess your sin today and be cleansed.  Believe on Him and be healed.