March 16/Luke 9

Verse 2 > the kingdom of God always shows itself in word and deed. We are not to be a people who only talk about the love and forgiveness of Jesus we are to show it. I guess I should have said the kingdom of God is like my 3rd class when we set aside a time for ‘show and tell’. We would bring something to class like a pet and then tell about it. Anybody else have those times in grade school? I guess we never get away from the basics do we? Have you done any ‘show and tell’ about Jesus lately? We have his authority and power what better time to put it on display!

Verse 9 > Herod is like a lot of people today who are looking for love in all the wrong places!

Verse 13 > People shouldn’t have to leave us to learn about Jesus. We can feed them the good news that Jesus forgives sins.

Verse 14 > Oh that men would hunger after Jesus. Hey Hilltop men let that be us!

Verses 23-24 > To follow Jesus we need to hang our grudges on the cross and forgive people. It is totally selfish to hold onto a grudge. Forgiveness means to let people that have hurt you totally off the hook just like God did for us. Forgiveness is not about right or wrong. Forgiveness is not trusting the other person. It is not reconciling with the other person. It is not pretending you weren’t hurt. Forgiveness is not allowing another person’s sin to ruin you. The bible says in Romans 8:28 that all things work out for good to them that love God and are called according to his purposes. Well things aren’t going to work out for good for you if you don’t forgive because one of the purposes of God for you is Forgiveness. Also how can you say you love the Lord when you won’t obey him by forgiving?

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Verse 38 > I thought as I read this verse isn’t this something that an only son was about to deliver another only son from the grip of Satan. Right here Jesus is showing us why he came to earth > to deliver us all from the grip of Satan. Thank you Jesus!

Verse 42 > Jesus went back to the Father once he had defeated Satan here.

Verse 44 > As we read the scriptures are we listening to what Jesus is saying? Then don’t act so surprised when people hurt you because Jesus told us they would. He said they would sin against us. He said to be ready to forgive.

Matthew 6:14–15 (NLT) — 14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Verse 54 > Remember we are called to be “Life Guards not Umpires”.

Verses 58-62 > If you are looking for a life of comfort, ease, safety, and consumerism the Kingdom of God is not for you.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Nancy Symens says:

    Vs 3:Jesus told them to go empty- handed. Why? To trust and walk in faith. They already had the five items they were told not to bring….as their spiritual counterparts, which are found in him (He is our treasure, our strength, our living bread, our provider, and our righteousness).
    Vs 5: If a town did not accept them, Jesus instructed the desciples to shake the dust off their sandals as they left. Perhaps this is representing that they took no offense or held no unforgiveness in their hearts for those that rejected them and the Good News/Jesus whom they shared about. If they didn’t ‘shake off the dust’ so to speak, they would carry that offense to their next place of ministry. If they hadn’t obeyed the Living Word, and carried their offense and unforgiveness to their next place of ministry, how would have that effected their hearts, their lives, their health, their ministry? Forgiveness is for our benefit. He is Good and full of Love for us.

  2. Mark Gundersen says:

    In verses 59 to 62 Jesus makes the point that following him is about life and not death and putting the old behind you. Instead of burying your family you should be saving them and if you save your family you do not have to tell them goodbye. He is warning his followers to keep looking forward to heaven instead of looking behind at earth. In 57 and 58 he makes the point that earth is not our home but only a terminal we have to pass through to get to our destination.