Tag Archive: Luke 9


Ministry from Galilee to Judea

“Jesus returns to Capernaum after the Festival of Dedication, for the final two months of his Galilean ministry.  He not only feels growing opposition from the people there who want a political leader, but also knows that it is nearing the time for him to be delivered up.  From this time forward, Jesus resolutely faces his final suffering.  

Initial excitement among the masses is followed by doubt and even hostility as Jesus refuses to accept the role that most people want him to play.  In a way it is characteristic of the turnabout which inevitably comes when people accept Jesus into their lives for any number of wrong reasons: the excitement can give way to disappointment.”

Read:  Matthew 19:1-2, Mark 10:1, Luke 9:51-56, Luke 17:11-19, Matthew 11:20-30, Luke 10, Luke 11:1-13

In Jerusalem for Festival of Dedication

“Jesus is in Jerusalem in December during the eight-day Festival of Dedication, known more modernly as Hanukkah.  Faithful Jews are gathering in Jerusalem in order to celebrate the rededication of the temple, and Jesus takes this opportunity to reach out to the large number of people present.

When various Jewish leaders ask Jesus whether he is the Christ, he reminds them of his miraculous works as proof of his deity.  he then says that he and the Father are one, thereby infuriating the Jews, who see this as rank blasphemy.  They take up rocks to stone Jesus and try to have him arrested, but Jesus escapes.”

Read:  John 10:22-42

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Preparation of Apostles for the End

“Jesus prepares his chosen disciples for his death and to strengthen their ministry in carrying on his work.  At this point in Jesus’ ministry the apostles are truly convinced that Jesus is the Messiah, but apparently they too have notions of a political Messiah.  Jesus begins to tell the apostles about his death, as well as the burdens which they themselves will face.

The highlight of this period of preparation comes when Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to Mount Hermon.  There Jesus is transfigured.  In what is evidently more than a mere vision, Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus as representatives of the law and the prophets.

Even with this demonstration to the inner three, and despite Jesus’ warning about humility in the use of their miraculous power, it is not long before all the disciples begin to dispute among themselves as to who among them is the greatest.  Jesus sets a young child before them as an example of humility and teaches them about temptation, discipline, and forgiveness.”

Read:  Matthew 16:13-28, Mark 8:27-38, Luke 9:18-50, Mark 9, Matthew 17, Luke 17:1-10, Matthew 18:2-25

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Miracles and Multitudes

“Jesus reaches a peak of popularity among the multitudes.  He amazes a crowd of over 5000 by feeding them all, using just a few loaves of bread and some fish.  Upon that demonstration they are ready to make him king, but of course they have misunderstood the nature of his kingdom.  When Jesus says that he is the true bread of life and that they must eat his flesh, many are offended and turn away.  They can accept Jesus as a popular hero who works wonders, but they are unwilling to accept the demands of discipleship.

Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees’ institutionalized religion, as well as his threat to their political power base, evokes their hostility.  Opposition in Judea grows to such a point that the political and religious leaders there are seeking to kill Jesus.

Despite his opposition, what is so impressive about Jesus is the extent to which he has won the hearts of the common people.  The prophets of old had also preached righteousness and brought judgment against false religious leaders, but none of them ever had the popular following of Jesus.  This Jesus is not just another prophet, but rather the Messiah about whom all the other prophets have prophesied.”

Read:  Matthew 14:14-36, Mark 6:34-56, Luke 9:11-17, John 6:2-71, Matthew 15:1-20, Mark 7:1-23, John 7:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Sending Out Apostles

“After his second rejection in his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus gains renewed encouragement as he is met by crowds in other parts of Galilee.  Jesus calls for those who are willing to work among the multitudes for the sake of his kingdom.  The time is especially appropriate, then, for sending out the 12 apostles on a special mission of teaching and performing miracles with the power he gives them.  He warns them that they, like all who would work in the Lord’s name, will be persecuted and will face the need for sacrifice.

Interestingly, Jesus does not appear to place particular emphasis on organization, methods of evangelism, or academic religious training.  The 12 apostles are mostly of simple education, but the power of Christ is with them.”

Read:  Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:6-33, Matthew 10, Luke 9:1-11, Matthew 11:1, Matthew 14:1-13, John 6:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Performing Miracles

“It is one thing for a man to teach what he claims is truth; it is quite another thing to demonstrate one’s authority to claim that truth.  That is why the miracles which Jesus performs are such a vital part of his ministry. 

The miracles are a means of confirming the message that the kingdom  of God is now being established with power!  God is establishing his rule through Christ, and proving it with the miraculous power which Jesus exercises over the forces of nature, over the spirit world, and over death and disease.”

Read:  Matthew 8:18-34, Luke 9:57-62, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-56, Mark 5, Matthew 9:18-34, Matthew 13:53-58, Mark 6:1-6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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