Thursday, March 4, 2021

Luke 10:25-37

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Keywords 10:37

The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

 

1. Who is my neighbor? (25-29)

An expert in the law tested Jesus by asking him what he had to do to inherit

eternal life. Rather than answer the inquiry, Jesus asked the man how he

understood the Law. The expert quoted the Law, saying that loving God with all of

ones heart and loving ones neighbor is how to inherit eternal life. Jesus agreed

with the response and then told the man to do it. Faith in God must result in good

works. (Ja 2:14-16) But the expert wanted to justify himself and asked, Who is my

neighbor? This was the wrong question.

 

2. How to be a merciful neighbor (30-37)

Jesus told a story about a man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead on

the road. A priest saw him but walked past. A Levite did the same thing. Then a

Samaritan saw the nearly dead man, bandaged him, put the man on his donkey

and carried him to an inn. Then the Samaritan paid the innkeeper to nurse the

man. The expert admitted that the Samaritan had been a true neighbor.

 

Prayer Lord Jesus, you are like the merciful Samaritan in the story. Help me to go

and do likewise.

One Word Be a merciful neighbor

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Luke 10:17-24

REASONS TO REJOICE

Keywords 10:20

However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

 

1. The seventy-two returned with joy (17-20)

The seventy-two had healed the sick and proclaimed the kingdom of God.

They returned with joy and reported that even the demons submitted to them

in Jesus name. Jesus said that Satans authority over people had been broken.

The disciples had overcome all the power of the enemy. But their greatest reason

to rejoice was not in what they had done for Jesus but what Jesus had done for

them. They ought to rejoice because their names were written in heaven. Does

your joy come from your salvation in Jesus?

 

2. Jesus, full of joy, prayed (21-24)

God the Father had given spiritual insight and victory to Jesus disciples. They

were not wise and learned. But they had genuine and simple faith in Jesus. They

were devoted to him. Through Jesus they also knew God the Father. The disciples

were more blessed than many prophets and kings because of what they saw and

heard.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for saving me from my sins and writing my name in

heaven. Help me to share the joy of your salvation with others.

One Word Rejoice that your name is in heaven

 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Luke 10:1-16

WORKERS IN THE LORD’s HARVEST FIELD

Keywords 10:2

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.

 

1. Pray for harvest workers (1-7)

To follow Jesus also means to be sent out by him into his harvest fi eld. Jesus

sent out seventy-two other disciples to go ahead into the towns he would visit.

Many needed to hear the gospel but there were few who could carry out that task.

Going into Jesus harvest field could be dangerous and required total reliance

and focus on God. But there is no more eternally important work than working in

the Lords harvest fi eld. Let us ask the Lord to send out harvest workers into his

harvest field.

 

2. Heal the sick; preach the kingdom of God (8-16)

The work in the harvest fi eld had two components : healing the sick and telling

people that the kingdom of God had come near. Healing the sick was visible

evidence that Gods kingdom had come. This life-saving work would be met with

strong resistance. Jesus foretold judgment against those who rejected his workers

and his kingdom.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you that your kingdom has come. Please send out workers

into your harvest fi eld, including me.

One Word Lord, send out workers

Monday, March 1, 2021

Luke 9:57-62

THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS

Keywords 9:62

Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

 

1. Jesus had no place to lay his head (57-59)

As Jesus and his disciples walked along, a man told Jesus that he would follow

him wherever he went. The man had desire to follow but he seems not to have

understood the cost. Following Jesus requires giving up earthly comfort and

earthly security. Even animals have shelter but Jesus did not have a place to lay

his head. Disciples should not expect anything more.

 

2. Commitment to the kingdom of God (60-62)

Jesus then said to another man to follow him. The man fi rst wanted to go and

bury his father. God commands us to honor our father and mother. But the

man used this as a cover not to immediately obey and make the kingdom his

priority. Another man said that he would follow but after saying good-bye to his

family. Jesus compared this to a person who puts his hand to the plow but then

looks back. The plow will quickly go off course and could even break. Likewise,

discipleship requires full commitment and no turning back.

 

Prayer Lord, I repent of my desire for comfort and ease. Help me to be your fully

committed disciple.

One Word Follow Jesus and dont turn back

 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Luke 9:43b-56

CHARACTERISTICS OF JESUS’ KINGDOM

 Keywords 9:48b

For he who is least among you all--he is the greatest.

 

1. The least is the greatest (43b-48)

Jesus popularity might have been at its peak but he was not swept up in the

moment. He told the disciples that he would be delivered into the hands of men.

The disciples did not understand. However, rather than seek clarity, they began to

argue about who would be the greatest. Jesus had a little child stand beside him

and explained that welcoming a little child in his name was like welcoming Jesus.

Jesus did not care about human praise and honor. He came to serve and those

who serve the least in his name would be the greatest.

 

2. When our pride gets in the way (49-56)

John tried to stop someone from driving out demons in Jesus name. His pride

must have been bruised, especially after the disciples had failed to drive out

demons earlier. (9:39-40) Jesus told him that whoever was not against him was

for him. Later Jesus wanted to enter a Samaritan village but was not welcomed.

James and John were offended and asked about calling down fi re from heaven.

Jesus rebuked them for reacting in pride.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for welcoming me. Help me not to live by my pride but to

serve others in your name.

One Word Welcome a little one in Jesus name

 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Luke 9:28-43a

LISTEN TO JESUS

Keywords 9:35

A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."

 

1. They saw Jesus glory (28-36)

Jesus took Peter, John and James onto a mountain to pray. While Jesus was

praying, his face changed and his clothes gleamed like lightning. Moses and Elijah

appeared with Jesus. They spoke of his impending departure. The disciples had

never seen Jesus in his glory. Peter did not know what to say and blurted out that

he would build three shelters. But God the Father spoke from heaven and told the

disciples to listen to his Son, Jesus.

 

2. An unbelieving generation (37-43a)

They came down the mountain the next day to fi nd a large commotion. A man

had come with his demon-possessed son and asked the other disciples to drive

it out. They were unable. The man begged Jesus to do something. The demonpossessed

boy and the powerlessness of the disciples symbolized the unbelief

and spiritual perversion of that generation. Jesus expressed his burden. The

demon threw the boy into a convulsion but Jesus rebuked the spirit and healed

him.

 

Prayer Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing your glory through your death and

resurrection. Help me to listen to you and respond to you with faith.

One Word Listen to and believe in Jesus

Friday, February 26, 2021

Luke 9:18-27

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?

Keywords 9:20

"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God."

 

1. Jesus is the Messiah (18-22)

Jesus asked his disciples, Who do the crowds say I am? Popular opinion varied

from John the Baptist to Elijah to a prophet of old. But there was a consensus

that Jesus was someone from God. Then Jesus asked his disciples something we

must all answer at some point, Who do you say I am? Peter answered, Gods

Messiah. Contrary to the popular view, the Messiah would not be a political

fi gure. The Messiah would suffer, be rejected, killed and then be raised to life. The

Messiah would do this to save us from our sins.

 

2. To be a disciple of Jesus (23-27)

Discipleship requires self-denial, taking up ones cross and following Jesus

every day. Jesus points out the foolishness of saving ones life and possibly even

gaining the whole world and yet losing ones life in the end. If a person is ashamed

of Jesus now, Jesus will be ashamed of him when he returns. However, everyone

who loses their life for Jesus will save it for eternal life.

 

Prayer Lord Jesus, you are the Messiah. Thank you for giving your life in order to

save mine. Help me to deny myself, take up my cross and follow you.

One Word Follow Jesus the Messiah

 

Luke 10:25-37

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Keywords 10:37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, ...