Posts from January 2020 (Page 2)

Posts from January 2020 (Page 2)

Jesus and effectual calling

Luke 6:5-11 A man has a withered hand that he is unable to stretch out. And yet this is exactly what Jesus call him to do. Jesus’ authority and the power of his word is such that when he calls for something, he enables that which he calls for. One recalls how Jesus called for dead Lazarus to rise out of the tomb and in his calling, he enabled Lazarus to live. One recalls…

Jesus and the Sabbath

Luke 6:1-5 The religious leaders object to Jesus’ disciples on the ground that they break the Sabbath. They say this because in hunger as they walk through the grain fields, the pluck some heads of grain (harvesting) and rub the husks off in their hands (threshing). Jesus responds by saying: “Lord of the Sabbath, the son of man is.” That Jesus critiques the Sabbath views…

Jesus’ disciples feast and drink wine

Luke 5:27-39 Jesus calls a dishonest tax collector to follow him. In joy the forgiven sinner invites other tax collectors and sinners to a feast. The religious leaders have two questions in opposition to Jesus’ actions. The first is, why does Jesus engage in table fellowship with such obvious sinners? Jesus answers: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but…

Jesus heals a lame man

Luke 5:17-26 Jesus is doing what he always does – teaching the people the word of God, whether in a synagogue, in a boat, on a mountain or as here in a house. Four men bring their lame friend to be healed. Not being able to enter the house because of the crowd, they use the external stairs to access the flat roof. Having remove the mud and sticks that comprise the roof…

Jesus heals a leper

Luke 5:12-16 A man “full of skin disease” falls down on his face and begs Jesus, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” Jesus is willing, stretches out his hand, touches the untouchable and says, I am willing, be clean” – and the man is cleansed. In the Old Testament “skin disease” was viewed not primarily as a health issue as a religious issue. The OT refers to skin…

God’s Word

Luke says that on one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear the word of God, he sat down and taught the people by the lake side from the boat. When Jesus commands Peter to let down his nets – the night fishing ones – Peter responds saying, ““Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” That is the kind of…

Jesus – good news

The following first century inscription has been found concerning Caesar Augustus: “The most divine Caesar…we should consider equal to the Beginning of all things…for when everything was falling into disorder and tending toward dissolution, he restored it once more and gave the whole world a new aspect; Caesar … the common good Fortune of all …The Beginning of life and…

Temptation

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. During those days he ate nothing and he was hungry. It seems strange that the first thing the Holy Spirit does is to lead Jesus into the wilderness where he will be tempted. In Greek and in old English the word ‘temptation’ as in…

Baptism

John called on people to be baptized to express their desire for God to cleanse them of their sin and make them ready for his presence among them. Jesus is greater than John because he is able to baptize people with the Spirit and fire. Essentially this means that Jesus can renew and purify us. In other words, he can regenerate us with new natures that are inclined to…

Repentance

After four-hundred years God’s silence is finally broken when the word of God came to a prophet – John son of Zechariah. John’s task was to prepare the people for God’s arrival – a voice in the wilderness. What kind of preparations need to be made? According to Isaiah, the voice calls for a road (the way) to be made ready for God’s arrival – mountains need to be lopped…
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