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I Shall Return!

Luke 21:20-38 Because of all the “natural” disasters happening in our world today, many are speculating that we are in the last days – and some are even setting the date. While setting the date is foolish and sinful, such failed efforts do not somehow negate the truth that Jesus will return, and in the text we learn a little about the…

How to Live Until Jesus Returns

Luke 21:5-19 To be a Christian is to be a disciple. This is an unbiblical distinction, and you cannot be one without being the other. This truth is lost on many who claim to be Christians, for we think “discipleship” is something optional. That is why Jesus spends so much time reminding his followers how they are to live – and that…

Responding to God with Faith and Love

Luke 20:41-21:4 Using David’s words from Psalm 110:1, Jesus calls all who hear to place their faith in David’s son, who is also David’s Lord. These words were offered as a correction to the thinking that the Messiah would be only an earthly king with an earthly kingdom. When the scribes remained silent in the face of Jesus’ plea, he warns the…

Resurrection Realities

Luke 20:27-40 While most Jews in Jesus’ day believed in the resurrection of the dead, the Sadducees did not. They held the Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy) in highest esteem, and because they did not think it taught the resurrection (and perhaps because they simply loved this world and lived for it), they challenged others who did – including Jesus. Their question about…

Bearing the Image of the True King

Luke 20:19-26 In this encounter with the Jewish leaders and the Herodians, we are reminded that it is right for us to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to render to God the things that are God’s.” To render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s is first to render our civil obedience in all things not contrary to…

A Portrait of the King

Luke 19:41-49 As Jesus continues his final week in Jerusalem, he continues to reveal what kind of king he is. In his weeping over the city of Jerusalem, we see his compassion for the lost, and in his cleansing of the temple we see his passion for the worship of God (that nothing would hinder all nations from seeking God in prayer).…

A King for All Seasons

Luke 19:28-44 On the first “Palm Sunday”. Jesus road into Jerusalem as the promised King. The people welcomed him and sang his praise, but they did not understand the implications of their words. They did not understand because they did not understand the kind of Kingdom he came to establish. The kingdom Christ was establishing was not the national, earthly kingdom they…

How Shall We Then Live?

Luke 19:11-27 In this Parable of the Minas, we are reminded that the kingdom in all its fullness is not yet, and that Christ’s followers are to faithfully “invest the gospel” that it might grow until the time he returns. The Nobleman in the parable represents Jesus who is about to go on a long journey in order to receive a kingship.…

Redemption and Transformation

Luke 19:1-10 The account of Zacchaeus and Jesus reminds us that Jesus did indeed come to seek and save the lost. When we meet Zacchaeus he is far from living up to his name, which means “Righteous One.” In reality, Zacchaeus was morally deficient (he loved money while using people); he was spiritually disadvantaged (by his riches – for it is easier…