Posts from January 2020

Posts from January 2020

God has Visited His People (2)

Luke 8:40-56 The story of Jesus healing the woman with bleeding and raising Jairus’ daughter has points of contact with the previous stories in Luke 7-8. As Jesus was called to the house of a Roman centurion to heal his servant so now, he is called to the house of a Jewish elder to heal his daughter. As Jesus spoke a word to raise the widow of Nain’s son so now, he speaks…

God has Visited his People

Luke 8:22-39 While Jesus is sleeping in a boat, a great storm comes that threatens to sink the boat. Jesus’ disciples wake him up, his human nature being that exhausted, and tell him they are about to perish. He calmly rebukes the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. The disciples ask, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water,…

Parable of the Sower

Luke 8:1-21 Jesus compared himself to a man sowing seed. Some seed fails to penetrate the ground, some seed is eaten by bird, some seed is choked by weeds and some seed produces a great crop. In the same way Jesus preaches the word of God to many people but only some believe and grow. In addition to physically hearing God’s word we must also come to Jesus. It is only in…

Children Playing Games

Luke 7:18-50 John the Baptizer is a significant person in the gospels. Isaiah 40 had predicted that before the coming of God to save Israel he would send a messenger to prepare the people for his coming. John was that messenger calling people to repent before the coming of Jesus. At this point in the gospel, John has been imprisoned for speaking the word of God and has…

Just Say the Word

Luke 7:1-17 Jews and Romans were enemies. The Romans generally oppressed the Jews. However, this Roman centurion is said to have loved the Jews and built them a synagogue as a place to worship God. For this reason, when the centurion desires his servant to be healed by Jesus, the Jewish elders say, “He is worthy to have you do this for him.” As Jesus walks toward his…

Wisdom Parables – Assurance

How do you know if you really are a Christian? According to Jesus people are like trees. A tree is known by the fruit that it produces. A good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit. What is the fruit that evidences whether a person is a Christian? In Luke 6:45 the fruit is the words that come out of a person’s mouth. And the words that come out of a…

Saw Dust and Supporting Beams

“Judge not and you will not be judged.” Some people mistakenly take this to mean that one should not judge at all. If this were the case then Christians could not work as judges, police, counsellors etc. In fact, in other parts of the New Testament the Church is called to make judgments about people within the church. What is being prohibited is not the suspension of all…

Loving Enemies

It is hard to love your enemy. It is only possible by means of the Spirit, the word and prayer – that is, not by utilizing our own strength or resources. If by sight we look at the harm our enemy causes us we will be frustrated, anxious, grieved and from such a place unable to love. Instead we must live by faith. Faith considers the harm and difficulty caused by our…

Paradoxical Behaviour

Luke 6:27-38. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who slander you. The values of the kingdom of God are paradoxical to the world. The world believes in reciprocal relationships – loving those who love you, doing good to those who do good to you and being generous to those who are generous to you. Jesus calls us to…

Happy-in-life or Woes

In Luke 6:20-26 Jesus starts to preach a sermon to his disciples. Jesus begins the sermon speaking of a group of people who are blessed. This is one of those times where it is hard to translate the original Greek word into English. The English word ‘blessed’ can mean ‘receiving God’s blessing’ or it can mean ‘enjoying the good life in which all is well’. The first is used…
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