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The Prayers of Jesus – Part One

Prayers of Jesus - 1

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In Luke 11:1 we find Jesus praying in a certain place. Luke records Jesus praying eleven times, and Luke 11:1 is the seventh time Jesus is found at prayer in Luke’s Gospel.[1] It appears to me that whenever Luke records Jesus at prayer, something happened immediately afterward that seems to show us what Jesus was probably praying about. For example, the first time Jesus is recorded at prayer in Luke is immediately following his baptism (Luke 3:21), and immediately the heavens opened. Not only were the heavens parted, but, according to the fourth Gospel, they stand open (John 1:51).[2]That is, they remain open even today. Blessing, in the person of Jesus (Isaiah 64:1), came down out of heaven and now the powers of heaven are available to mankind, and this has occurred, because Jesus prayed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Visit to Bethany

Mary of Bethany

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Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, received Jesus into her home (Luke 10:38), which was located in Bethany (John 11:1). The fact that Jesus and his disciples enjoyed at least a meal and shelter in Martha’s home (Luke 10:38), which was less than two miles from Jerusalem (John 11:18), shows that Jesus had finally arrived at his destination, Jerusalem, to celebrate the Passover (cf. Luke 9:51). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is My Neighbor Today?

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In Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan, he chose two cities: Jerusalem, the city of blessing, and Jericho, the city of the curse. David blessed Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6-9), but Joshua cursed Jericho (Joshua 6:26; cf. 1Kings 16:34). All three men in the parable, the victim, the priest and the Levite were leaving the city of blessing and journeying toward the city of the curse. This means that none of us is able to change his direction apart from Jesus. In Adam, we have been blessed with life by God, but, because of Adam’s rebellion (Genesis 3) we journey toward the curse of death due to our inherited sin nature. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan

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In view of the fact that both the priest and the Levite passed by the wounded man without helping him, it seems the reason for their lack of compassion was to remain ritually pure (cf. Numbers 19:11). However, ritual purity was unable to alter the course the priest and the Levite had taken. They were on the road to death,[1] and nothing they could do or not do could prevent their attaining that goal. Jesus’ parable places the lawyer’s question into an illogical framework. Once he has left God (viz. living in Jerusalem, the city of blessing), he was unable to do anything, apart from God, to attain or inherit eternal life. He is cursed and will die no matter what he does or doesn’t do. In other words, mankind, no matter who he may be, is helpless. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Man’s Inability to Love Without God

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As Jesus traveled toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), he spent time in different towns and villages along the way to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to people living there who might receive him (cf. Luke 9:51-53). At one of those villages a lawyer tested him, trying his understanding of the Scriptures. However, Jesus answer seems to have made the lawyer look foolish. Therefore, the embarrassed rabbi reacted to the Lord’s pointing to the obvious, namely the phylacteries which the lawyer strapped to himself to help him remember his duty to obey the Law. In order to save face, the lawyer tried to get Jesus to answer a question that seems to have been a controversy among the rabbis: “exactly who is my neighbor” (Luke 10:29)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

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It can probably be assumed from the Genesis account of Adam and Eve that mankind was intended to live forever. Only by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would death enter our race. It seems that the original ideal was all but forgotten in the traditions of men, only the Jews preserve a tradition of the promise of a resurrection, but even they are not clear (at least up to the first century AD) as far as life after the resurrection was concerned. It wasn’t until New Testament times and the advent of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, preached by Jesus, that men began to wonder about living forever once more. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Claims He Is God!

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Many Biblical critics presume that only John among the Gospel narratives shows Jesus is God, but this simply isn’t true. The Synoptics show us in a number of places that, not only is Jesus God, but he also claimed to be God in the flesh.[1] Luke 10 is such a place where this can be seen. In Luke 10:22 Jesus claimed intimacy with the Father that is shared by no one else but him. In fact, the claims Jesus makes of himself in Luke 10:22 are best understood if Jesus were God, because only God could ever truthfully make the claims about himself that Jesus makes here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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