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Love Hurts

Luke 22:39-46 In the Garden of Gethsemane we are reminded that for the Savior, Love Hurts. In a way we cannot understand Jesus, in his humanity, went to a dark and agonizing place as he bore the weight of what was about to happen to him on the cross. We first see the agony and horror he felt from the prospect of…

Hope in the Midst of Sin and Misery – Part 2

Luke 22:31-38 In the Upper Room on the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, the sin and misery of the world was on full display – and yet in the mist of it there is great hope for Christ’s followers. In part one (10/8/17, Luke 22:21-30) we saw this sin and misery in Judas’ evil betrayal of Jesus, and yet there was…

Hope in the Face of Sin and Misery – Part 1

Luke 22:21-30 In many of the interactions in the Upper Room, the sin and misery of the world is put on full display. We see it first in the treachery of Judas in betraying the Lord. Even after walking and talking with him for three-plus years, seeing him perform miracles, listening to his authoritative teaching and seeing his compassion for sinners –…

The Passover Plot and Plan

Luke 22:1-13 In the account of Judas’ agreement with the chief priests and scribes – we see a plot to put Jesus to death. It is easy to understand why the chief priests and scribes wanted to put Jesus to death – their hypocrisy had been revealed over and over again, and they were losing the respect and support of the people…

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…