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Bible Highlights from the Gospel of Luke
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Highlights from the Book of Luke
Introduction to the Gospel of Luke.
The Bible is a very unusual book for many reasons. Luke, as well as Acts, were written by a Greek physician who took great pains to research the facts very carefully and report them accurately. Luke never met Jesus but when he learned about Him, he was determined to get the story right. Luke, as well as the other three Gospel authors [Matthew, Mark, John], gives a very complete story of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
For example, Luke gives the most complete description of the virgin birth. I'm sure Luke really pricked up his ears when he heard that Mary, the mother of Jesus, got pregnant while she was still a virgin. Any doctor would want to learn all about such a thing!
Luke quotes Jesus who speaks often about the instantaneous removal of believers who will be taken away to be with Him forever in Heaven. The Bible never uses the word Rapture. The Christian church has developed this term over the years and it's important you know all about the Rapture. In 1987, I wrote a novel about the Rapture called Gone.
Gone is available for free download as a 187-page PDF file
The word rapture does not appear in scripture. However, there is strong evidence of its major themes throughout the New Testament:
The rapture is a literal future event: Acts 1:11: “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The rapture will occur suddenly and without warning: 1 Cor. 15:52: in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
The rapture will divide those who have accepted Jesus Christ as a personal Savior and those who have not Luke 17:35: one will be taken and the other left.
Persons taken in the rapture will have glorified bodies I Cor 15:51: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.
This is for you, Theophilus [God Lover]
LK 1:1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Theophilus is the Greek word for lover of God. Theo means God and philos means love. So, if you are in love with Jesus and are on a search for the true and full story of His life and ministry, Luke is your man. [Just the facts, Ma'am.
Theophilos may have been the name of a real person who was sponsoring Luke to tell the story of Jesus. Or, Theophilos may have been a generic term that applied to all lovers of God
I especially like the way he starts off by saying he checked with eyewitness reports and has written down the facts in a complete and understandable way.
Elizabeth, like Sarah of old, is going to have a baby in her old age
LK 1:5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
LK 1:8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
LK 1:11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
LK 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."
LK 1:19 The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."
Zechariah is a priest and one day while serving in the temple, the angel Gabriel visits him with some amazing news. He and Elizabeth are going to have a baby even though they are both beyond childbearing age. Luke uses this story as a warm-up pitch to get you ready for the grand slam part of his story: Jesus is going to be born of a virgin!
Even though Elizabeth's baby is a warm-up pitch, he will grow up to be an amazing man, filled with the Holy Spirit from birth. Zechariah will be mute until the baby is born because he questioned the angel Gabriel's news.
Gabriel visits Mary with his amazing news of the Immaculate Conception [a baby without sex]
LK 1:26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
LK 1:29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the busy Gabriel makes another visit and this time to a teenage virgin named Mary. The angel tells her she has found favor with God. How could a young virgin who has never gone anywhere or done anything of note, achieve such a high reputation in heaven, you ask? This is probably a case of what she has NOT done more than what she has done. She has not had premarital sex, although she is engaged to be married to a Nazareth carpenter named Joseph. She has not wavered in the law of Moses as she had been taught in her home.
She is still a little set back by the angel's greeting. But he goes on to tell her that she is going to have a baby, although still a virgin. Centuries before the sonogram is even dreamed of, Gabriel read her sonogram and told her she will have a boy, and that His name will be Jesus.
The Lord's servant
LK 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
LK 1:34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
LK 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
LK 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
Her response is very predictable. This will be tough since I am a virgin. Gabriel told her that with God, nothing is impossible. Is there anything I can do for you? Dottie Rambo says in her Christian song, from "Down by the Creek Bank."
Mary was in this same vein and replied, "I am the Lord's servant."
The Jumping Baby
LK 1:39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
Still not sure if life begins at conception? John the Baptist could hear and understand speech outside the womb and he wouldn't be born for three more months. Sounds like the two relatives had an old fashioned prayer and praise meeting there in Elizabeth's home, as the older woman reinforced what Gabriel had old Mary.
LK 1:62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John." 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.
Zechariah has been speechless since the angel Gabriel'a visit. Now that the baby is born and folks want to know what name he should be given, Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote, "His name is John."
That loosed his tongue and they all had a praise meeting.
Jesus was not born December 25
Zechariah's service in the Temple and Elizabeth's eventual pregnancy gives us a chronological link to the actual date Jesus was born.
Luke also tells us Jesus was born while shepherds still had their flocks out in the field, before the cold weather set in. You could even say He was born September 25th.
Click this link to get full details on why Jesus was probably born in September, not December.
The birth of Jesus
LK 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
LK 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Luke has done his best to give a time frame for the birth of Jesus. That's why he mentions Caesar Augustus and the Roman census. These events would be recorded in the secular records being kept at that time.
Born in a barn
LK 2:6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Although the innkeeper is talked about in songs and stories about the birth of Jesus, he isn't mentioned in the Bible at all. The Bible just says, "There was no room in the inn." Maybe that means, there was no appropriate place in the inn. Bethlehem was in the midst of a mandated Roman census the night Jesus was born. I'd like to think the innkeeper was a kindly man, who gave Mary the quiet privacy of the stable, rather than the public upstairs sleeping quarters above the bar. This room probably had a curtain down the middle which separated the men and women guests.
If Jesus had been born in such a place, Mary and Joseph would most likely have been separated during the birth.
Jesus had to be born in a barn. Did you ever wonder why God couldn't have found a nicer place for Mary to give birth to Jesus that first Christmas Eve? A barn is such a dirty, smelly place for any baby to born, let alone, the Prince of Peace. But think about it. Why did Jesus come to Earth in the first place? He was born to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World. What better place for a lamb to be born than in a barn?
However it happened, God had his hand on the entire operation and planned it all, right down to the fact that the first evangelists, who were humble shepherds, would have easy access to a nursery in a stable. Hotel security might have kept them out of the upstairs sleeping quarters.
The message of the angels for the shepherds, and for all of us
LK 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
The angels brought great news for everyone. A Savior has been born. Jesus later put it this way in John 3:16:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Of course, the converse of this is also true: people who do not choose to accept Jesus as their Lamb of God, for whatever reason, will have eternal torment when they die.
The shepherds become the first evangelists
LK 2:16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Notice these facts about the evangelical shepherds:
The had a sense of urgency. They had just heard great news and were anxious to check it out.
They spread the word of the news the angels had told them and what they had seen in the stable for themselves.
They had a prayer and praise meeting on the back to their flocks.
Jesus and the law of Moses
LK 2:21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
LK 2:22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
There is something ironic about the careful way that Joseph and Mary made sure they fulfilled the letter of the law regarding first born boy babies.
Little did they know that by the time Jesus would die on the cross as the Lamb of God, the heavy curtain in the temple that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place would be torn in two from top to bottom. With this act, God decreed that the Law of Moses was now obsolete and that any man, Jew or Gentile, could have easy access to the Father through His son, Jesus Christ.
Simeon and Anna
LK 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
LK 2:29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
LK 2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
LK 2:31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
LK 2:32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
LK 2:36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
LK 2:39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
God used these two elderly righteous Hebrews, Simeon and Anna, to verify what the angels had told the shepherds. Jesus was surrounded with a divine aura, while at the same time, he was completely human. He grew spiritually, physically, and socially in the little town of Nazareth.
Four days in the temple
LK 2:41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
LK 2:44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
LK 2:46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
LK 2:49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
LK 2:51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
The Bible tells us relatively little about the childhood and adolescent years of the boy Jesus. These few verses about the four day temple visit can tell us a lot, if we read between the lines.
The Joseph family made an annual visit to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The year Jesus was 12, He felt a stirring in His soul. This may have been the time He began to sense that He had a major mission. He may not have seen the cross in His future but He definitely knew that He was not your ordinary 12 year old. He felt drawn to the temple court where the teachers of the law were pontificating about what it meant to live a Godly life. Jesus sat in on these discussions and the teachers were blown away by the level of His questions and answers.
Meanwhile, the Joseph family started home with a group of relatives who apparently traveled together. Mary and Joseph thought Jesus was somewhere in the caravan with relatives. That night, when they counted noses, Jesus was among the missing. Frantically they returned to Jerusalem, looking for Jesus. They looked for three days before them found Him with the teachers, asking and answering questions.
Mary was a little sharp with Him, reminding Jesus that they had been worried sick looking for Him.
Jesus' answer shows that the temple visit was something He had to do, He had to be in His Father's house. This answer didn't make any sense to Joseph and Mary. Mary had apparently forgotten some of the things Gabriel had told her when he announced Mary's coming virgin pregnancy.
Jesus saw the error of His human ways, although the call of God was strongly felt. He went home to Nazareth and was a good boy from then on. He was well liked by the people in His community and He found favor in God's eyes, too.
Jesus baptized by John
LK 3:2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
LK 3:21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
LK 3:23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,
John, the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit and began preaching that people should repent of their sins and be baptized. Jesus was baptized, also. The Holy Spirit came down on Him and He got a verbal endorsement from Heaven.
Jesus was about 30 years old when He began His earthly ministry.
40 days of temptation by Satan
LK 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
LK 4:3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
LK 4:4 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone.' "
LK 4:5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours."
LK 4:8 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' "
LK 4:9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: " `He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
LK 4:11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' "
LK 4:12 Jesus answered, "It says: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "
We know from the story of Eve's encounter with the serpent [Satan] in the Garden of Eden that Satan is a compulsive liar. It takes a lot of gall for Satan to think he has any chance of tempting Jesus to sin, especially when He is full of the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit even led Him into the Desert for this planned 40 day spiritual contest between Jesus and Satan.
God wanted us to see how Satan can be repelled when we shoot down some of his ridiculous temptations:
turn stones into bread, a view of the world while promising to give us authority and power over them all,
protecting us from a leap from the highest point of a tall building.
Jesus begins His ministry in his home town of Nazareth
LK 4:16 Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. On the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue as he usually did. And he stood up to read.
LK 4:17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He unrolled it and found the right place. There it is written,
LK 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me. He has anointed me to tell the good news to poor people. He has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners. He has sent me so that the blind will see again. He wants me to free those who are beaten down.
LK 4:19 And he has sent me to announce the year when he will set his people free." (Isaiah 61:1, 2)
LK 4:20 Then Jesus rolled up the scroll. He gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were staring at him.
LK 4:21 He began by saying to them, "Today this passage of Scripture is coming true as you listen."
Jesus made a practice of attending synagogue on the Sabbath. This day, He preached from Isaiah. Jesus quoted from Isaiah more than any other scripture during His ministry.
A prophet is without honor in his own country
LK 4:22 Everyone said good things about him. They were amazed at the gracious words they heard from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
LK 4:23 Jesus said, "Here is a saying you will certainly apply to me. 'Doctor, heal yourself! Do the things here in your hometown that we heard you did in Capernaum.'"
LK 4:24 "What I'm about to tell you is true," he continued. "A prophet is not accepted in his hometown. 25 I tell you for sure that there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah. And there had been no rain for three and a half years. There wasn't enough food to eat anywhere in the land. 26 But Elijah was not sent to any of those widows. Instead, he was sent to a widow in Zarephath near Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel who had skin diseases in the days of Elisha the prophet. But not one of them was healed except Naaman the Syrian."
At first, everyone liked His sermon at first. But then when He started to talk about Elijah helping the widow from Zarepath, and Naaman, the Syrian being helped of leprosy, not so much. They felt that gentiles were inferior to the Jews.
Suddenly, the Nazarenes hated the sermon
LK 4:28 All the people in the synagogue were very angry when they heard that. 29 They got up and ran Jesus out of town. They took him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They planned to throw him down the cliff. 30 But Jesus walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
The Nazarenes were dumb as a box of rocks when they thought they could lay a finger on Jesus.
Jesus drives out a demon in Capernaum
LK 4:33 In the synagogue there was a man controlled by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice. 34 "Ha!" he said. "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the Holy One of God!"
LK 4:35 "Be quiet!" Jesus said firmly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of everybody. And it came out without hurting him.
LK 4:36 All the people were amazed. They said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits. And they come out!"
LK 4:37 The news about Jesus spread throughout the whole area.
Remember that Luke was a physician. When he heard this story about a man possessed by a demon, he paid careful attention to make sure he got his facts right.
Demons were not and are not omniscient. However, they knew instantly that they were up against a power that could destroy them. Not only was this a shot across Satan's bow, the news about Jesus' power over demons spread like wildfire over the whole area.
Demons know Jesus
LK 4:40 When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
Jesus visited Simon Peter, one of His future disciples. He healed Peter's mother-in-law of a high fever. A lot of people came with various physical complaints. He healed them all by touching them.
Again, we see demons coming out of people, howling who He really was. Jesus didn't need their endorsements and shut them up.
Fishers of men
LK 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
LK 5:5 Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."
LK 5:6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
LK 5:8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
This is story is both a miracle and a parable. The miracle is obvious: Peter and company caught so much fish, it almost sank their boat. The parable is valuable because it taught his followers the greater importance of helping people get saved. The Big Fisherman did become an evangelist and author of parts of the Bible.
Man of prayer
LK 5:15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Jesus had great power to perform miracles. However, even though He was filled with the Holy Spirit, he still felt the need to spend time in prayer.
LK 5:18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
LK 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
LK 5:21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
This early in His ministry, the Jewish leaders were troubled by what they called blasphemy. They ignored His great power to make a man with polio get up and walk, but quibbled over the fact He forgave sins.
Jesus ate with sinners
LK 5:29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and `sinners'?"
LK 5:31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
The quibbling continues. This time it was the people with whom Jesus associated.
LK 5:33 They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."
LK 5:34 Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
This is a clear prophecy of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when the raptured church will be taken to Heaven as His bride, for a time of great rejoicing with Jesus, the Bridegroom.
It is my personal opinion that the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place in Heaven while those who are not raptured will endure seven years of Tribulation on Earth. A wedding reception that lasts seven years, you ask?
Remember, time only exists on Earth. In Heaven, it will always be NOW, with no PAST and no FUTURE!
And something else. With our glorified bodies, digestion and elimination will be things of the past, while we were on Earth. In Heaven, we will eat but it will be for pleasurable sensations generated by our taste buds, not to maintain our bodies.
Breaking the Sabbath
LK 6:1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
More quibbling over legalistic nonsense on the part of the Pharisees. The Jewish leaders are gradually accumulating what they will consider justification for demanding that Pilate "Crucify Him."
Naming the apostles
LK 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Again, we see Jesus spending time in prayer. Perhaps He was asking for wisdom in appointing His twelve apostles, from among his many followers. These eleven man, with the leadership of the Holy Spirit, would spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. You and I are Christians today because of their worldwide ministry.
Sermon on the Plain
LK 6:20 Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
LK 6:21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
LK 6:22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
LK 6:23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
LK 6:24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
The content of this "Sermon on the Plain" is similar to Matthew's Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:3-12. Many refer to these positive statements as the Beatitudes. Matthew and Luke may be quoting from the same sermon. Or, Jesus may have preached the same sermon in more then one location. Modern evangelists preach the same sermon in many locations.
The Golden Rule
LK 6:27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
LK 6:32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' lend to `sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
This is Jesus' Golden Rule Sermon. Here, he cuts close to the bone, right down where people live.
Judging others and buying wheat
LK 6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Again, Jesus cuts close to the bone. When you judge, you too will be judged by God.
Jesus is the master teacher, using parables to drive home important truths. In education, a parable is using the known to explain the unknown. Here He is talking about buying a measurable item such as wheat. When you buy a measure of wheat, you want the to seller to fill the basket to the brim, and then shake it so the wheat settles and there more room at the top for more wheat.
Trees and Fruit
LK 6:43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
People are like trees. A good person does good things and an evil man does evil thing. By their fruit, you wan tell what kind of person you are dealing with.
Wise and foolish builders
LK 6:46 "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."
A carpenter knows the importance of building a house on solid footers if he wants it to stand up to foul weather.
Faith of a Centurion
LK 7:4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, `Go,' and he goes; and that one,`Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, `Do this,' and he does it."
LK 7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
A Roman centurion was an officer who commanded at least 100 men. When his servant got sick, he told Jesus he didn't need to come all the way to his house. He should just speak good health into the servant and it would be done. Jesus liked that and the servant was healed from a distance.
Resurrected son of a widow
LK 7:13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
LK 7:14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
This is another warm-up pitch for the ultimate resurrection. His own!
John the Baptist checks out Jesus
LK 7:20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, `Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' "
LK 7:21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
John's humanity caught up with him so he sent two spies to see if Jesus was a the real thing.
Jesus answered by listing the things he had just done in their presence.
A prostitute and her alabaster box
LK 7:44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
When a prostitute broke her alabaster box of expensive perfume and anointed His feet, Jesus didn't see her sinful past, only her current act and her future in eternity.
A parable of farmer sowing grain
LK 8:11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Jesus uses a farmer sowing wheat to show the importance of persisting in the spread of the Gospel because eventually, some will be saved.
Peace. Be still
LK 8:22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
LK 8:24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
The disciples were more impressed by Jesus' power over the weather than over the demons who possessed evicted from the victims.
A legion of demons
LK 8:27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!" 29 For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
LK 8:30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
LK 8:32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
LK 8:34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
When Jesus encountered a demon possessed man, He spoke to the demon and asked His name. The demon said Legion was his name. A Roman legion could have up to 5,400. Soldiers. These demons knew who Jesus was and asked for mercy. They didn't want to be sent to the Abyss [bottomless pit, or Lake of Fire.] They weren't Jewish demons because they asked to be sent into a herd of pigs Demons have no bodies of their own. That is why they are always looking for a place to live. The pigs went berserk and rushed into the lake and drowned. The people of the area were more impressed with the loss of their livestock then they were over the power of Jesus over 5400 demons. They asked Him to leave, and they did.
How many people alive today value material things more than the presence of Jesus in their lives. How sad. How very, very sad!
A crusade crowd of 20,000 get a free lunch
LK 9:12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."
LK 9:13 He replied, "You give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." 14 (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." 15 The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Back in those days, men were valued more than wives and children. So we need to add to the 5,000 men, 5,000 wives and 10,000 children. Assuming there were at least 2 children per family. Now, we're looking at 20,000 mouths to feed. When they did an inventory of food on hand, it totaled five loaves of bread and two fish.
The key to this story is that before doing anything else, Jesus looked up and gave thanks. I believe He also asked His Father to make the small lunch last until everyone was fed.
The 20,000 ate until they were satisfied. When the disciples took out the trash, they collected twelve baskets full. There was many times more trash at the end of the meal than there was food at the beginning.
LK 8: 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
LK 8:46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
LK 8:47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
We have to view this woman's affliction within the context of the Mosaic law. The phrase "subject to bleeding for twelve years" means this woman menstruated for 12 years. She would have been considered unclean and everything and everybody she touched would have been unclean, also. No doctor had been able to help her so she just put her trust in the power of Jesus. She reached out and touched the hem of his cloak. Her need was so great that a significant surge of power left His body and He noticed this. She got health and peace as a result!
Peter calls it like it is
LK 9:18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"
LK 9:20 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
LK 9:21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."
Peter knew that Jesus was the Messiah. But Jesus wanted to keep a low profile, for the time being at least.
He knew that the Pharisees and their ilk were constantly looking for a reason to do away with Jesus because of their professional jealousy. He had to slow things down so He could die on Passover, as the Lamb of God!
Then Jesus could say the Plan of Salvation is finished and God could tear the temple veil in two from top to bottom.
LK 9:28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, 31 appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)
LK 9:34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.
Peter still hasn't lost his grip on the materialistic. He wanted to pitch tents and stay on the mountain. That would have been the end of the ministry of Jesus and His march toward the cross.
LK 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
LK 10:5 "When you enter a house, first say, `Peace to this house.' 6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
This may be where the Mormons got the idea of sending out pairs of young boys across the countryside trying to convert people to the LDS sect.
Sodom and the unbelievers of Jesus' day
LK 10:8 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, `The kingdom of God is near you.' 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 `Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
At the last judgment, Sodom will make out better than the towns of Jesus' day who rejected His missionaries. They will all end up in the lake of fire but the Sodomites will be a little less uncomfortable.
The good Samaritan
LK 10:30 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. `Look after him,' he said, `and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
LK 10:36 "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
LK 10:37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
In Bible times, Israel was divided into two kingdoms. Two tribes made up the southern kingdom and it was called Judah and Jerusalem was the capital. Ten tribes made up the northern kingdom and it was know as Israel. They chose Samaria as their capital.
In 722 BC, Assyria defeated Israel. They deported the people of Samaria to other countries and imported people from other countries to live in Samaria In time, the Samaritans intermarried and spread out through the surrounding land.
That's what gave Samaria a bad reputation. The regular Jews didn't like to associate with Samaritans because they were considered as foragers, having come from other countries.
The good Samaritan parable taught two lessons. First, racial hatred is wrong. Second, a good person can come from a "bad" country.
Most Jews went out of their way to avoid traveling through Samaria Not Jesus; see John 4.
LK 11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: " `
Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
LK 11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.
LK 11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ' "
Jesus gave us this as an outline for prayer and not something that should be memorial and quoted.
Therefore, evangelical denominations practice extemporaneous prayer and not scripted prayer for clergy and lay people alike. Traditional denominations lean toward scripted prayer that is read or quoted from memory.
The same generic text appears at Matt. 6:9. The prayer follows this outline:
Addresses God as our Father,
Glorifies His name,
Give us what we need materially,
Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us,
The text "For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever, Amen" does not appear in scripture. It may have been added hundreds of years later by some church body.
LK 11:14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons." 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
LK 11:17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
The skeptics find a new song to sing. Instead of blasphemy, they accuse Jesus of expelling demons with Satan's help.
This is the context for the "house divided against itself" sermon.
LK 11:33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
When Jesus wanted to teach His listeners about eternal truths, He did so with parables. In a parable, we use the known to teach about the unknown.
Jesus used bread, water, salt, light, lambs, bushwhackers, farming, weddings, funerals, as armatures around which He wrapped eternal truths.
LK 12:35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
I believe Jesus is talking about the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. After the Rapture, we will be conducted to the wedding reception where Jesus is the Bridegroom and the recently-raptured born again believers, the Church, are the bride. The Bridegroom himself will lead us to our assigned table and then wait on us.
However, you will not get a fancy invitation to the Wedding. Passages like this in the Bible, will be all the invitation you will get. This could be any time of the day or night. So, be ready
LK 13:31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you."
LK 13:32 He replied, "Go tell that fox, `I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.' 33 In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day--for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!
LK 13:34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.' "
Jesus says he is not afraid of Herod, the fox. He will go on driving out demons and healing people, and will arrive in Jerusalem in three days.
Then He is sad for Jerusalem. He compares Himself to a mother hen [another parable] who protects her chicks under her wings. But, the Jews are oblivious to His concern. He says the next time you see me, it will be Palm Sunday.
LK 15:11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
LK 15:13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
LK 15:17 "When he came to his senses, he said, `How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
LK 15:21 "The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. '
LK 15:22 "But the father said to his servants, `Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
LK 15:25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 `Your brother has come,' he replied, `and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
LK 15:28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, `Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
LK 15:31 " `My son,' the father said, `you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "
This is a parable about a man who had two sons and is really directed at the Jews who are in the process of rejecting Jesus; they are the faithful son who stayed home and worked hard. The Jews who are accepting Jesus as their Messiah and the Gentiles who will accept Him in the future are the Prodigal son.
Again we see a prophecy about the Rapture and Wedding Supper of the Lamb. When the Rapture occurs and all the born again Christians are taken away to feast in eternal bliss in Heaven, those who never bothered to accept Jesus as their personal Lamb of God and are left behind will be consumer with jealous rage as the watch the Christians celebrating with Jesus at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
LK 17:20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
LK 17:22 Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 Men will tell you, `There he is!' or `Here he is!' Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
LK 17:26 "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
LK 17:28 "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
LK 17:30 "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot's wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. "
Both Jews and Gentiles were confused by the meaning of the power that Jesus displayed over demons, illness, and the elements. The Jews viewed the awesome power of Jesus with hope. The Jewish leadership and the Romans viewed this power with fear. Both were wrong. The Kingdom of God that Jesus came to build had two phases. The first phase was internal, within the hearts of the new believers. These new believers would become "each one tell one" missionaries.
In the second phase, the millions who would become believers by the time of His Second Coming will be available to serve as the army that follows Jesus on a white horse.
Verses 26-35 contain information about the coming rapture: Verse 27 The Rapture will disrupt whatever people are doing. Verse 31 The Rapture will happen suddenly and without warning. Verses 34 and 35 The Rapture will separate husbands and wives and fellow workers. One will be taken and the other left.
LK 18:31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. 33 On the third day he will rise again."
LK 18:34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
Jesus is approaching Good Friday. This may have taken place on the Thursday before Palm Sunday. You and I, from the vantage point of history, can clearly understand what Jesus is saying about his coming suffering, death, and resurrection. Luke says this information was hidden from them; perhaps by the Holy Spirit.
LK 19:35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
LK 19:37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
LK 19:38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
LK 19:39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
LK 19:40 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
This is the famous Triumphal Entry story, where Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem while the disciples lead the crowd in a praise and worship service. The Jewish leaders got annoyed at all the attention Jesus was getting and asked Him to get his people under control. Jesus said it would be better for the crowd to do the praising, than if the rocks started yelling praises to Jesus.
LK 19:45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 "It is written," he said to them, " `My house will be a house of prayer' ; but you have made it `a den of robbers.' "
When Jesus entered the temple, He found a crowd of people changing money from what everyone carried to temple money. With this temple money, people were buying animals for their sin sacrifices. The poorer people bought doves and the more well to do bought lambs or bullocks.
Jesus cleared out this "den of thieves" and sent them all packing.
LK 20:34 Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.
Marriage is a normal human practice but people with glorified bodies will not marry. This means that in Heaven, with everyone having glorified bodies we will be asexual and have no interest in each other sexually.
Therefore, there will be no jealousy. Mom died when she was 59. In a year of so, Dad married another Christian woman. Now all three [Dad, Mom, and Mom Laura] are in Heaven where they will be having a high old time talking about their days on Earth.
It's going to be wonderful!
LK 22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6 He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
How ironic that the Jewish leaders did not want to contend with Jesus during the Passover celebration. The leaders were delighted when Satan possessed Judas offered to finger Jesus for 30 pieces if silver. That would have been about four months wages for a skilled workman at that time.
LK 22:7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."
LK 22:9 "Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.
LK 22:10 He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, `The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 12 He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there."
LK 22:13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
LK 22:14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
LK 22:17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
LK 22:19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
LK 22:20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Jesus rode in the Palm Sunday parade on a borrowed colt, He observed the last Passover in a borrowed room, and He was buried in a borrowed tomb. Verse 15 shows He knew this would be the last Passover, not only for Him, but for the whole Jewish world. O yes, the Jews would continue to go through the motions of observing Passover. After His death and resurrection, who cares about the Exodus Passover? Just an exercise in obsolesce!
The bread and the grape juice speak eloquently of the sufferings of Jesus during the next 24 hours. To get bread, you have to pound wheat into a powder before you mix in the other ingredients. To get grape juice, you have to mash the grapes in a press.
During His trial, the Jews and Romans would pound His body into a bloody pulp. During the crucifixion, blood would flow from the wounds in His hands and feet, and from the spear wound in His side.
Not only was Jesus observing the last meaningful Passover in the world, He was also observing the first Communion.
LK 22:39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." 41 He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
LK 22:45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus has been a man of prayer. So it's natural that on this night before He will die on the cross, Jesus find a q quiet place for prayer
Matthew calls this garden of prayer Gethsemane in chapter 26, verse 36. It's important to know since Jesus was born to die as the Lamb of God, his appearance on the crucifixion stage was totally voluntary. At any moment, He could have snapped His fingers and called down a Holy angel to rescue Him from the bloodthirsty mob. Luke tells us that an angel was with Him in the Garden while He was praying. You can be sure that this angel was still with Him during the trial, the beatings, the trip along the via dolorosa, and the actual crucifixion.
At verse 43 Luke, the doctor, tell us that the angel from heaven appeared to Him to strengthened him.] A Roman legion could have been wiped out instantly by just one angel. In fact, a single angel is even more powerful than Satan, himself. [Rev. 20:1 I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, ... He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan ... He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him ...]
Again, Luke, the doctor, tells us that His spiritual agony was so intense that He sweat blood. Verse 44.
When Jesus asked the Father to let this cup pass, Jesus was talking about the spiritual suffering He would experience as He accepted the guilt for the whole world's sins.
You see, the true agony of the cross was spiritual, not physical. At the point of His death, He accepted on His head the accumulated guilt of the entire human race, from the creation to the Rapture. The people who lived before Christ, and had trusted in the blood of sacrificial animals to save them, cashed in that faith at the point Jesus died on the cross. You and I, and all others who lived after Christ's death, receive salvation as we accept Jesus as our personal sin sacrifice, also.
Most Good Friday sermons I've heard place a major emphasis on the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross. And it's true that He did suffer horribly. Although He was the Son of God, He was the Son of Man, also. This means that the whip, the thorns, and the nails were as painful for Him as they would be for you and me under the same circumstances. His central nervous system was identical to ours and His nerve endings worked just like ours work.
However, many martyrs since the crucifixion have suffered far more horrible physical deaths than what Jesus experienced on the cross.
LK 22:66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 "If you are the Christ, " they said, "tell us." Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."
LK 22:70 They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am."
LK 22:71 Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."
LK 23:1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."
LK 23:3 So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
LK 23:4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."
LK 23:5 But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."
LK 23:6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
LK 23:8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends--before this they had been enemies.
Jesus has been in custody all night. Early in the morning, He is questioned by the Jewish leaders. They are looking for justification to kill Jesus. When He says that He is the Son of God and that He will be seated at the right hand of Almighty God, the Jewish leaders feel He has admitted to blasphemy.
When Jesus appears before Pilate, the accusations became political instead of theological. Pilate is intrigued by the fact Jesus claims to be King of the Jews. But Pilate discounts this as not justification for the dearth penalty.
When Pilate learns Jesus is from Galilee, he passes the buck to King Herod. Herod treats Jesus as a side show at the circus. For His part, Jesus refused to play games with Herod. Herod dresses Jesus in a king's costume and sends Him back to Pilate. Since both Pilate and Herod are in Jerusalem, this was merely changing courtrooms.
LK 23:13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. "
LK 23:18 With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!" 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
LK 23:20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
LK 23:22 For the third time he spoke to them: "Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him."
LK 23:23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
History treats Pilate badly. However, when you study scripture carefully, you will see Pilate really wanted to give Jesus a fair trial. In verses 14 and 15, he says that neither Herod nor him has found justification for the death penalty
The Jewish people had no authority to execute anyone. The Jewish method of capital punishment was stoning.
All down through the Old Testament, God required that blood be shed for forgiveness of sins. Not human blood but animal blood. Cain killed Abel because God rejected his offering of fruits and vegetables. God accepted Abel's sacrificed which was animals from his flock.
God could have stopped the mock trial of Jesus before the Jewish and Roman authorities at any time. However, He always had required blood sacrifice and Jesus was born to be the Lamb of God. Pilate has caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock was God's will that Jesus die on the cross as the Lamb of God for the whole world's sins. [Of course salvation was not and is not automatic.] The sinner must personally accept Jesus as their Lamb o God.
LK 23:44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.
LK 23:47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man." 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
The Roman day began at 6 AM our time. This means that Jesus hung on the cross from Noon until 3 PM. God did not want to make a public spectacle of Jesus and make Him hang up there for any longer than it took Him to bleed out. That precious blood would be manifolded countless times as it covered the sins of all who accepted Jesus as their Lamb of God.
In John's Gospel at Chapter 19, verse 30, he quotes Jesus as saying "It is finished." This phrase does not apply to the physical life of Jesus, it applies to the Plan of Salvation that God had crafted before Earth was created.
Verse 45 contains a key fact. The curtain of the temple was ripped from top to bottom. This was not the kind of curtain we hang in our windows. This curtain was interwoven many times and was several inches think. If human hands had torn the curtain in two, it would have taken two teams of oxen pulling in opposite directions.
This event tells the whole plan of salvation in itself. During the years of animal sacrifice, there were two rooms in the temple for priests to use for their official duties. There was the Holy Place where the priests did routine tasks. The Most Holy Place was for the high priest only. The curtain between the two rooms is what was ripped from top to bottom when Jesus died. No longer would we have to depend on priests do take care of our salvation. Now everyone could have equal access to the Host Holy Place.
believe Jesus died on Friday and that He was buried late Friday afternoon.
He arose Sunday morning. This would have Him in the grave about 36 hours,
far less than the 72 hours that Jesus Himself mentions at
Matt. 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
But suppose Passover fell on Thursday the year Jesus died and He died on Wednesday. It did and He did die on Wednesday.
That year, Passover fell on the Thursday after Jesus was crucified. That would make Thursday a High Sabbath and observance began at sundown Wednesday. That adds new meaning to the pressure of time sensed by Joseph of Arimathea and the women who were helping him.
Of course, Saturday was the regular Sabbath so everyone had to observe that, too. So this means Jesus was in the grave from late Wednesday until sometime Sunday. Of course, the Resurrection was not discovered until early Sunday morning, when the women arrived to finish preparing His body for burial. However, the Resurrection could have occurred late Saturday afternoon and no one would have been the wiser. That would give Jesus a full 72 hours in the grave, just as He stated at Matt. 12:40.
LK 23:50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
Jesus died Friday afternoon. Those who loved Jesus needed a place to bury Him before Sundown Friday, when the Jewish Sabbath began when no work could be done. Joseph of Arimathea was a Godly man. He asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus off the cross and place it in a new tomb.
Jesus did not spend three whole days in the tomb. He was there from sundown Friday until early Sunday morning.
LK 24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8 Then they remembered his words.
LK 24:9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, and two of her friends hurried to the tomb at sunrise on the first day of the week, when the Sabbath was officially over. They wanted to complete the burial process which had been interrupted by sundown Friday when Sabbath began.
Instead of a dead Jesus, the women found two very alive angels. They had forgotten that Jesus had prophesied His death and resurrection. When the angels reminded them, they went back to the disciples [minus Judas] with their amazing news. Most of the disciples didn't believe such silly talk. But Peter, always a man of action, ran to check this out for himself.
LK 24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
LK 24:37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
LK 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
LK 24:44 He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."
Jesus had two main objectives for physically appearing after His resurrection.
First, He wanted to relieve the sorrow and fear that his loved ones had experienced.
Second, He wanted to make appearances that future skeptics and scholars could use to verify His resurrection.
In this passage, two men who had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus [ee-MAY-us] have just reported their amazing encounter to the disciples. Suddenly Jesus appears and scares the wits out of the disciples.
Jesus verified His humanity by showing the scars in His body and by asking for something to eat. He did not want the fish to sustain life since His glorified body did not possess a digestion system. In Heaven, we will also have glorified bodies without a digestion system.
At the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, we will eat for seven years without ever getting "full" or needing to look for a rest room By the way, there will be no rest rooms in Heaven. Hallelujah!
Pennsylvania has places near Allentown named Bethlehem and Emmaus. I have given you the Pennsylvania pronunciation for Emmaus: EE-MAY-us No, it is not EE-moss.
LK 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
Before the crucifixion, the disciples seemed as dumb as a box of rocks when it came to understanding what was going to happen to Jesus. He kept them in the dark for the time being because He was afraid they would raise a fuss before the crucifixion and Resurrection had taken place.
But now, He unlocks their minds and everything is suddenly crystal clear.
In verse 49, He promises them the Holy Spirit. But He wants them to stay put for now.
Luke, who is also the author of Acts, will give the full details of the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 2.
K 24:50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
And then it was time to go Home. He prayed for them and as He was praying, He rose into Heaven.
Luke tells the rest of the ascension story in Acts chapter 1:10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
The angels gave the whole world a direct prophecy about the Rapture.
Jesus is coming back to get us and we who have accepted Him as our Lamb of God will rise with Him to be in Heaven forever.
Hallelujah to the nth power!!!
The Free Online Dictionary defines nth as highest; utmost: delighted to the nth degree.
Revelation 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.
Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
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He has a broad knowledge base and extensive training, and experience. His formal education includes Bachelor of Science in Bible and Bachelor of Theology degrees from the Allentown, Pennsylvania campus of Houghton College; Master of Arts in educational supervision and administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
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