Today’s reading is: Lk. 12:49-13:17; Jn. 9:1-10:21
Luke Chapter Twelve
(Outline continues from yesterday. Points 4, 4a, and 4b repeated)
- The chapter closes with messages on readiness in the context of imminence (Lk. 12:35-59).
- The Jews are warned that when the Son of Man returns, He will have his Bride with Him (vv.35-40).
- Peter is warned that imminence has a doubled urgency for him and the other Apostles (vv.41-48).
- The Lord would dearly love to proceed with 2nd Advent conquest, but He knows that the 1st Advent cross must occur first (vv.49-50).
- The divided nature of the coming age is then described (vv.51-53).
- A final warning is given to properly analyze this present time (vv.54-59).
Luke Chapter Thirteen
- On the heels of the parable of the rich fool (Lk. 12:13-21), another practical message of the Lord’s is given: Repent or perish (Lk. 13:1-5).
- Believers can be victims of random acts of violence (Lk. 13:1-2).
- Believers can be victims of random accidents (Lk. 13:4).
- These things don’t happen because people are more sinners than any other sinners. These things happen because we all live in a fallen world.
- The issue is for each person to repent, because nobody is guaranteed any length of time beyond what they have already been given by grace (Lk. 13:3,5).
- Barren Fig tree (Lk. 13:6-9).
- The previous message is illustrated by means of a parable.
- The vineyard keeper wanted just one more year for the fig tree to bear fruit. We may not have one more year to repent and bear fruit.
- The synagogue officials thought that the crippled woman should be healed on any day of the week except the Sabbath (Lk. 13:10-17).
- Christ properly taught that the Sabbath was the perfect day to be given rest from the Satanic affliction the woman had endured for so long (v.16).
- Don’t confuse this woman with the one who had the hemorrhage for 12 years (Lk. 8:43).
(Chapter Thirteen continues on Day 288)
John Chapter Nine
- The man born blind became another opportunity for the Lord to teach His disciples an important lesson on the glory of God (Jn. 9:1-5).
- Jesus understood that His final year on earth was beginning, and there was little time left for Him to accomplish the Father’s work (Jn. 9:4-5).
- John’s sixth recorded miracle was the healing of a man born blind in Jerusalem (Jn. 9:6-7).
- The aftermath of this miracle would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragically sad (Jn. 9:8-34).
- The neighbors were confused (vv.8-12).
- The Pharisees were conflicted (vv.13-16).
- The man was convinced (vv.17,25,27,30-33).
- His parents were concerned (vv.18-23).
- The Pharisees became coercive (v.24) and contemptuous (vv.26,28,29,34).
- Once the man was freed from the Pharisees’ clutches, Jesus was able to present the gospel (Jn. 9:35-41).
John Chapter Ten
- Chapter Ten continues the ministry of Jesus in Jerusalem after the conclusion of the Feast of Tabernacles.
- Jesus taught a parable of the shepherd (Jn. 10:1-6) and then delivered the third and fourth I AM messages (Jn. 10:7-10,11-18).
- The parable establishes a contrast between the shepherd and the thief/robber/stranger.
- “I AM the Door” teaches the security that can only be found in Christ.
- “I AM the Good Shepherd” teaches the intimacy that can only be realized by the sacrifice of Christ.
- Once again, the Lord’s message produced quite a division (Jn. 10:19-21 cf. 7:43; 9:16).
(Chapter Ten continues tomorrow)