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Participating in the Harvest

Luke 10:1-16 In the commissioning of the 72 disciples, we get a picture of our call to participate in the harvest. Jesus first reveals to the 72 (and us) the problem – there are too few laborers. His solution is two-fold: Pray the Lord would send more laborers into the harvest and then go in the way appointed. For some this will…

The Cost of Discipleship Part 2

Luke 9:57-62; 14:25-33 Once we know the cost of discipleship (loving Christ above all, renouncing all that we) it is time to count the cost and pay the cost. In counting the cost we ask both am I willing to pay it, and can I afford not to. We have good reasons to pay the cost: If we do not do so…

The Cost of Discipleship Part 1

Luke 9:57-62; 14:25-33 As seen in these passages, Jesus calls for his disciples to love him more than their most cherished earthly relationships, more than themselves and more than their possessions. If one does not love Jesus in such a way, he cannot be Jesus’ disciple. This truth challenges the modern day, evangelical culture of easy believism, band-wagon Christianity and the like.…

Have Mercy

Luke 9:51-56 As Jesus heads to Jerusalem on a journey of mercy, he encounters a rejection of mercy (by a Samaritan village); a lack of mercy (in James and John’s offer to call down the fires of judgement; and he shows us it is right to extend mercy (by not treating them as their sins deserve). We are called to be like…

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Luke 9:43-50 In this passage we see Jesus once again reminding his apostles of the necessity of his death. He wants to keep them focused on the purpose for which he came and not let them continue with their expectations of simply an earthly, political Messiah. But once again the disciples miss out on what Christ was telling them. They miss out…

Majesty On Display

Luke 9:37-43a In this passage we get a vision of the Majestic of Christ in his compassion and power. We discover this as we look at the dilemmas of those gathered, the rebuke of Christ for unbelief, and the deliverance he grants to a young man. Together these remind us that we need to look to Christ to “fix” what we cannot…

A Glimpse of Glory

55 – 09-27-36 – A Glimpse of Glory Luke 9:27-36 In Christ’s transfiguration we get a glimpse of our Savior’s divine glory as the veil of flesh is “pulled back”. This glimpse of glory reminds us that Jesus is indeed the living God – and this calls us to worship and gives us hope. It is also a reminder that we must,…

The Cross of Discipleship

Luke 9:21-27 In this passage Jesus gives us his terms for discipleship – he tells us what it requires if we want to follow him. Based on his life of self-denial and suffering, Jesus calls his followers to 1) deny themselves, 2) to take up their cross daily and 3) o follow him in willful and joyful obedience. This call is difficult…

Who Do You Say that I Am?

Luke 9:7-9, 18-22 Just as in Jesus day many people today have wrong ideas about who Jesus is. Many today doubt he even existed, while others know he did but don’t recognize him as the Christ. We tend to make Jesus fit our ideas of who he should be – often times leading men and women to believe in a false Savior.…

When 5+2=12 to the 4th

Luke 9:10-17 Jesus’ Feeding of the 5000 (plus women and children) reminds us that he is a God of compassion, power and provision. In the passage we see that while rest is needed, it is not the Lord’s chief concern. His chief concern is people – and since this is the case, he always welcomes them and does not view them as…