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Was Jesus an Ungracious Guest?

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In Luke 14:12-14 Jesus turned to his host and told him, rather than inviting his friends and people of his social class, who were expected in return the favor and invite him to their gatherings, he should invite the poor and the handicapped who were unable to return his kindness. If he would extend his hospitality to those who had nothing to offer him in return, he would be rewarded by God in the age to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parables of Light and the Eye

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It would be ludicrous to light a lamp or a candle in order to hide it away in a secret place or place it under a covering that doesn’t offer those in the room the benefit of its light. If we are to understand what Jesus says in Luke at this point, we must look elsewhere to define the words used in the parables of Luke 11:33-36). Jesus claimed he was the Light of the world (John 9:5). He had come into the world (John 1:9) and shone out of darkness (John 1:5). Clearly, darkness is powerless to extinguish light, and Jesus is the Light through whom men, who live in darkness, believe (or see – John 1:7). Jesus’ proper role in the metaphor of the Parable of the Lamp or Candle (Luke 11:33) was to illuminate the house (Israel). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Transfiguration and the Apostles

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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Prophecy Made More Certain

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In 2Peter 1:19 Peter claims the prophecies about Christ are more certain and clearer from the standpoint of the Gospel (cf. 1Peter 1:12-13 Romans 15:8). In the same way that the hope of our resurrection is made more certain in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. 1Peter 1:3-4), so the Transfiguration of Christ had made his coming more certain in the minds and hearts of those who were eyewitnesses of it, and for us who believe their word. It is fitting that Peter should be the only New Testament writer to point to the Transfiguration, because it seems he was especially moved by the experience (cf. Mark 9:5-6; Luke 9:33-34). So, what occurred to Jesus on the mount strengthens the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, causing those who believed them to be expectant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Fruitfulness of God’s Word

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In Luke 8:16 Jesus changes from a planting theme to the subject of light. Jesus used this theme previously in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:15). Luke shows that Jesus repeated such themes when they served his purpose in teaching his disciples. Here, Jesus tells us that light cannot be hid, and light in this context is the word of God (Luke 8:16; cf. Psalm 119:105; cf. 2Peter 1:12-21). While one might conclude that the light that cannot be hid is the believer (cf. Matthew 5:14), the context in Luke seems to indicate it is the word of God (cf. Luke 8:11). Up to this point Jesus had been speaking of the fruitfulness (or lack thereof) of the word of God in a man’s heart. I believe he continues to do so, as he changes the symbol to light. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Humility Demands Intimacy

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One of the most wonderful benefits of friendship is that folks get to see me in my most unguarded moments without our friendship being damaged.[1] Friends know us as we are, without the airs we hide behind in the crowd. Jesus once took a child as an example of a person in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 18:1-6), and placing him in the midst of the disciples, he told them that unless they turned back from what they were and became as a little child, they would never enter the Kingdom of God. Mark tells us that Jesus took the child up in his arms (Mark 9:36-37). Such a one is completely unguarded in his demeanor. He hasn’t yet learned to be discrete in his behavior. Folks who know such a one know the real person within. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Mark of Christ

Mark of Christ - 1It is almost a sure thing. If I begin speaking about the love of God, someone else will begin to bring up his judgment against sin.[1] Invariably, something must be said about his love being balanced out by his judgment. I guess it keeps some folks secure in their faith, if they understand some people are going to get their reasonable punishment. The problem with that is that it is really unreasonable to say that I should escape my just reward—death. Love simply is not reasonable. Folks love, really love, others illogically so. The cross wasn’t a logical conclusion that was predictable. When Jesus spoke of the cross, Peter took him aside and told him things don’t work that way (Matthew 16:21-22). Folks simply thought the cross was a very illogical matter (John 12:34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Jesus

 

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