Sermons on Luke
Before leaving his disciples, Jesus gave them (us) a task to complete before he returns. That is to invest and put to work all he has given us in order to make a spiritual profit for the kingdom of God. Ultimately, we won’t be assessed on the returns we made on the investment or on our accomplishments, instead we will be assessed on our trustworthiness and faithfulness.
What does the incarnation, Jesus being born into the world, tell us about God? When Mary thought of it, she broke out into song and in her song, she reminds us of one of God’s characteristics – His Faithfulness. But how is the faithfulness of God seen at Christmastime? Mary will help explain.
When Mary hears that she will give birth to Jesus, she breaks out in song and praise at the thought. One element of her song is the idea that God’s unique wisdom is shown in what He is doing and how He is doing it. But what about Christmas shows the wisdom of God? The answer goes far beyond the first Christmas to all that came before and all that has come after.
When Mary was told that she would give birth to Jesus, how did she respond? Initially, it was with skepticism, but then she responded with rejoicing and giving glory to God. But what was it she was so excited about? Why was she rejoicing? In her song of praise to God, she tells us and it has little to do with the part she would play, but rather it had to do with who God is in His nature.
How does Jesus respond when He is given a calculated insult? What does He do when a woman goes out on a limb and breaks all cultural norms? In both cases, His response is far different than anyone in that time period would have expected. But the way He responds teaches us about the worth of human beings and the importance of forgiveness that results in love.
The account of the rich man and Lazarus is very solemn and challenging. It stresses that here and now is the place and time for us to prepare for eternity. Have you prepared for eternity?
What can a widow looking for justice teach us about prayer? More than you might think. Jesus chose to use this illustration in a story in order to teach His disciples something of significant importance. Persistence in prayer is absolutely essential in the life of a believer. Here is what Jesus had to say about the matter.
How does Jesus respond when He is given a calculated insult? What does He do when a woman goes out on a limb and breaks all cultural norms? In both cases, His response if far different than anyone in that time period would expect. But the way He responds teaches us about the worth of human beings and the importance of forgiveness that results in love.
The role of women in Christianity in general, and in the church specifically, has received a great deal of publicity in recent years. Critical to any conversation on that subject is how Jesus dealt with women. Did Jesus interact with women in the same way as those in his culture and time or in a different way? This passage shows us how Jesus was radically different in how He treated women and what that means for you and I today.
What do you live for? Do you fear death? Jesus speaks to these two questions in a way that is unique to Christianity. He clearly shows that only in Christianity does the fear fo death come into proper perspective because we are more than just our physical bodies. He also explains the foolishness of living for material things in this life without considering what is to come in the next life.