Luke 21:20-38 (25-28)The Coming of the Son of Man
If we live to see the beginning of the end of the world and are caught up in the distress and perplexity of that time, then would not be the time for us to lose heart or be fearful. Christ says that when the sea begins to roar and when the heavens begin to shake, we should straighten up and raise our heads. Why? Because He is about to come. Our redemption is drawing near.
(29-33)The Lesson of the Fig Tree
For believers, the destructive end is only a more glorious beginning. The passing away of this temporal Heaven and earth is the revealing of an eternal one.
Favorite verse: (27) And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:1-19 (10-19)Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution
If Christians were persecuted for their own name’s sake or for the sake of any other name, there would be no worth in that. But because it is for Christ’s name’s sake, every amount of persecution is worth it and not endured in vain. Whenever we find ourselves in a difficult, mean, or troublesome situation, we should consider it as an opportunity to bear witness for Christ. We can share the Gospel wherever we are, to whoever we may be around. In our bleakest moments, God will give us wisdom that our enemies will not be able to understand and words that none will be able to contradict.
Favorite verse: (19) By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Luke 20:27-47 (27-40)Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
Jesus shows the Sadducees that the resurrection was foreseen by some in the Old Testament when he reminds them that Moses referred to the Lord as the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were physically dead during Moses’ time, but spiritually alive. This is why God is not the God of the dead, but of the leaving. No one is utterly destroyed; everyone lives to Him.
(41-44)Whose Son Is the Christ?
Such a wondrous thing that Christ can be both Son and Savior, David’s child and David’s creator.
Favorite verse:(38) Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”
Luke 20:1-26 (9-18)The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
The scribes and the chief priests perceived that Jesus told this parable against them, and they were correct. Just like the vineyard planter sent servant after servant to the tenants, God sent prophet after prophet to the Jewish people. But all of them, from Amos to Zechariah, were mistreated and ignored. Finally, God decided to send His only beloved Son with the hope that they would accept and respect Him. That hope was not realized, for His beloved Son was brutally killed. The son of the vineyard planter remained dead, but the Son of God did not.
Favorite verse:(17) But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
Luke 19:28-48 (28-40)The Triumphal Entry
God made people to praise Him, but I think that nature has us beat. Every ocean wave, every sun burst, every star twinkle, every blooming flower, waving tree branch, exploding volcano, towering mountain, booming thunder, drop of rain – all of them sing the praises of God’s glory. Some of the Pharisees wanted Jesus’ disciples to stop praising God and rejoicing over His Son, but Jesus said that if they went silent, the stones themselves would cry out. All of Creation should be about the work of giving God the praise He deserves, and those of us who are made in His image, most of all.
(45-48)Jesus Cleanses the Temple
The chief priests, scribes, and other religious leaders sought to shut Jesus up, but they could not because all the people were hanging on His every word. We too must hang on to the Word; it is our lifeline. Doubt it, disobey it, let it go, and we die. Believe it, obey it, cling to it, and we live forever.
Favorite verse:(40) He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
Matthew and Mark tell us in their Gospel accounts (Matthew 14:6-11; Mark 6:22-28) of Herodias’ daughter who, according to the historian Josephus, was called Salome. If you’re not familiar with Salome’s momma, you can read our post on her here. Besides having a long history of royal murder and madness, the Herod family was all sorts of mixed up. According to GotQuestions.org:
Herod Antipas (the “King Herod” of Mark 6:14) had divorced his wife and married Herodias, who was the wife of his half-brother Philip (Mark 6:17). However, Herodias herself was the daughter of another of Herod’s half-brothers, Aristobulus, making her not only the wife but the niece of both Philip and Herod—and a sister-in-law of Herod. Salome was Herodias’s daughter through Philip. Thus, Salome was the daughter (and grandniece) of Philip and the step-daughter (and grandniece by marriage) of Herod; she was also both daughter and grandniece to her own mother. Continue reading →
Luke 19:1-27 (1-10)Jesus and Zacchaeus
Zacchaeus was not the most honest, upstanding person in the world. He was guilty of defrauding others, he unnecessarily taxed people, and he was stingy; yet, he was seeking to see who Jesus was. And he was not seeking in a lax way. Zacchaeus was earnest about seeing who Jesus was – so earnest, in fact, that he climbed a tree. God says that if we seek Him, we will find Him, when we search for Him will all our heart. And when we find Him, we find salvation – just as Zacchaeus did.
After he met Jesus, Zacchaeus was not the same man that he was prior to meeting Jesus. His resolved to give half of his wealth to the poor, and promised to restore four times as much to those he had defrauded. Truly meeting Christ will change us. We will not be the same after an encounter with the Savior.
Favorite verse:(10) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”