“A New Identity & A New Life”
When you have a new identity you take on a new role. When you answer the question, “Who is Jesus?, you make a decision to either believe in Him and follow or continue on in your own life. To follow Jesus is to pursue the new life we have in Him.
Luke 9:23-36 New marching orders & a declaration from above.
One of the key elements that Jesus has been teaching and displaying through His actions is His authority and His power. Last week we observed the 12 disciples going out on assignment under His authority and enabled and propelled by His power. __________________________
Jesus establishes the proper context for receiving and utilizing His power. We are powerful in servanthood. “Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.’” (vs. 23 & 24)
Servanthood means putting Jesus 1st, therefore we must deny the impulses for self-serving goals and personal gain or notoriety. In other words, servants are humble of heart and quick to give God the glory. There are three imperatives in Jesus instruction: deny ourselves (__________), take up our cross (_________________), follow Him (___________________).
The life of Christ in us becomes the primary motivating factor of our service. ____________________
____________________________________________________________________________ This entire section, verses 23-27, is placed here by the Lord to inform on His statement on suffering in verse 22 that we read last week. For the Jewish mind, especially when they considered the subject of their Messiah, suffering was not an element they understood as necessary. __________________________________________________________________
Verses 26 & 27 are the springboard for the account that follows, the transfiguration. In verse 26 Jesus talks about “His own glory”. A preview of His glory is about to go on display. Therefore, His reference to “there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God” is a reference to the inner-circle, James, John, and Peter who accompany Him on the journey up the mountain.
Luke says it was about 8 days after Jesus spoke these things. _________________________
Luke relates that in the glorification two things changed: ____________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
So Jesus is in conversation with two men: Moses and Elijah. Could there be two more compelling figures from Israel’s history? __________________________________________
In Jewish thought, these two represent great moments in Israel’s history: Moses and the Exodus, God’s 1st deliverance of the nation; and Elijah and the promise of Messiah and the end time hope of deliverance. ______________________________________________________
It is significant that Luke states the conversation among Jesus, Moses and Elijah concerned “His decease”. In the death of Jesus, His resurrection and ascent to heaven we see the fulfilment of Exodus and Jewish eschatological hope. ___________________________________________
Peter’s response is classic Peter. ________________________________________________ 1. Before Jesus can answer Peter the cloud overshadows them. A voice comes from the cloud with an endorsement and a command: “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” Nothing more important for us as disciples than to HEAR the Lord’s voice, and then obey.
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