LUKE 24:37-43

Verses 37-43 “37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.”

Jesus proved to His disciples that His resurrection was not a “spiritual” resurrection but a physical one.  He has a nail-scarred and spear-pierced body in heaven today.

LUKE 23:13-25

Verses 13-25 “13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: 15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. 16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him. 17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: 19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) 20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. 21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. 22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. 23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. 24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. 25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”
Barabbas pictures every lost and guilty sinner set free by the condemnation and death of the Lord Jesus.  We can not claim our innocence, our goodness, our skill, our cleverness, nor even our faith as a reason for our deliverance.  We can only claim that we have the one and only Substitute acceptable to God.  Jesus is my Substitute.  He was condemned in my place, crucified in my place, buried in my place, rose again in my place, and is seated in heaven in my place.  I was there in Him when He did all of this for me.  If you have trusted in Him as your Savior, He is your Substitute too.

 

LUKE 20:46-47

Verses 46-47 “46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
47 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.”

Jesus confounded the scribes who thought they knew the Bible better than anyone else.  Just because people wear long robes and are called “Professor,” or “Father,” or “Doctor,” does not mean that they have the truth about everything.  Jesus indicated that people should be known and respected, or not respected, according to what they do, not for the attention that they attract to themselves.

LUKE 19:41-44

Verses 41-44 “41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because so many of His people were lost in sin.  He wept because his people had let their opportunities to be right with God slip through their fingers.  And He wept because the future of Israel was one of judgment, violence, death and destruction.  His weeping was a human response and proved that he was fully human.  Jesus was filled with love and compassion for sinners.  He was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the Jews were sinfully ignorant of their gospel opportunities.  Jesus predicted long ago that Israel would be surrounded, oppressed, and tormented by terrorists.  We see what is, no doubt, just the beginning of this today.

LUKE 19:37-40

Verses 37-40 “37And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The people were rejoicing that day because they believed that Jesus would immediately become king and would throw off the enslavement of Rome.  Of course, in just a few days they would discover that they had been wrong and that Jesus would be crucified. Eventually, they would again rejoice, knowing that Jesus was raised from the dead.  And when Jesus returns to earth again to establish His kingdom, when He rides into Jerusalem on a white charger, there will be everlasting rejoicing.

When critics objected to the rejoicing of the disciples, Jesus spoke a proverb, “If these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”  He means that men should rejoice because of Him and they should praise Him.  It would be unthinkable for men to refuse to praise Him.  All of nature praises Him, as nature should.  The rocks, the rivers, and the reaches of space shout forth His glory.  So we praise Him for his loving kindness, His mercy, His power, and His grace.

LUKE 19:11-27

Verses 11-27 “11And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”

When Jesus comes to establish His kingdom, He will reward those who have been faithful to Him, but the unsaved will face retribution. What a kingdom it will be with Jesus bringing righteousness and perfection to all the Earth!  Jesus has gone into a “Far Country” (heaven).  But He will come again (John 14:3).  While Jesus is away in heaven, we are supposed to invest in the gospel and in the souls of men.  When He returns, He will make no mistakes in His judgment of men.  Others may judge us too leniently or too harshly, but the Judgment of Jesus is always perfectly accurate.

LUKE 19:10

Verse 10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

This is the reason Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus.  This is the reason that He spent time with many other sinners even though He was always criticized for it by the legalists.  Too many people still do not know that Jesus came into the world to save lost sinners.  But it is true.  John, the apostle, wrote “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (I John 4:14).

LUKE 18:15-17

Verses 15-17 “15And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein,”

Infants were brought to Jesus.  And for what purpose?  That he might touch them and bless them; not that he might baptize them.  That we should not baptize infants is no mystery since there are none baptized in the Bible.  The Bible is clear that we should baptize only those who have believed and repented of sin, and of course, infants have not done that.  Baptism of neither infant nor adult fits them for heaven.  Only Jesus can do that, and it will never be based on any human works of righteousness (Titus 3:5).  However, infants who die go to heaven whether they have been baptized or not, because all infants who die are among the elect of God.  The passage before us teaches us that Jesus loves little babies and little children.  Children are just as important as adults, and we should give them just as much attention in our ministry.  We should bring them to Jesus in our prayers and in our gospel work.  If there are drudges who think that we are giving too much attention to little children, we should ignore such critics.  In verses 16 and 17, Jesus means that all who would enter heaven must have a child-like personal faith in Him.  Jesus may also have reference here to all the infants and little children who have died, for they make up a very large portion of the population of heaven.

LUKE 8:42-48

Verses 42-48 “42 But as he went the people thronged him.
43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”

The woman had had a wretched condition for 12 long years, 12 years of going to doctors and finding no help, 12 years of being considered “unclean,” 12 years of unhappiness and despair.  The description sounds a lot like that of an unsaved person, does it not?  We too are miserable, hopeless, and unclean until we are forgiven by Jesus.  She sneaked up to touch the edge of Jesus garment, hoping to avoid the embarrassment that the public exposure of her illness would cause.  She thought, “If I can only touch the hem of His garment, His power will heal me of this awful affliction.”  She was right!  And her faith saved her.  But Jesus asked who touched Him.  He asked this not because He did not know the answer, but because He wanted the woman’s cure to be known by all–it would put an end to people thinking her unclean.  And should not those who have been saved by the Lord speak forth His praise?

 

LUKE 8:2-3

Verses 2-3 “2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”

There were many godly women who ministered unto the Lord, giving him money.  In that day, the women could not do much else because of the prejudice of the people of that culture.  They certainly would not have been able to be teachers of the masses, as was Jesus.  But they could still serve with their substance.  We must do what we can for the Lord, whether it be publicly or behind the scenes.