THE PLACE OF HONORLuke 9:46-62 Major on the majors.
Luke chapter 9 contains so many significant events. Our study of this chapter has taken us more than a month and we might be hard pressed to pick out just one key event, or one verse that overshadows the others in importance. A quick review:
The twelve are sent on their first ministry assignment.
Jesus feeds 5,000 men by having the disciples form smaller congregations, served by His disciples. All were fed and much was left over.
Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answers, “The Christ of God”.
The Transfiguration, witnessed by James, John, and Peter. A cloud descended and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”
Jesus returns to find the other 9 disciples in the midst of controversy, failing to heal a boy with epilepsy and an unclean spirit. The key to effective ministry is revealed when Jesus commands, “Bring your son here.” _____________________________________________
So after these events and various specific teachings by the Lord we arrive at verse 46, the disciples are engaged in a conversation about which of them gets the most honor. And Jesus brings a child before them as a means to teach them a very important lesson. Matthew gives Jesus expanded answer in chapter 18:3-5; “Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and becomes as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” ___________________ So the kingdom principles is this: The opposite of status is humility. ____________________
Maybe John is the one who asked the question since he now asks another: “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” ________________________________________________________________________
Verse 51 is significant because it marks the start of a new important section of Luke’s gospel. Many scholars refer to Luke 9:51 – Luke 19:44 as the “Journey to Jerusalem”. It’s not a straight line journey geographically, but the flow of these next chapters will show the unwavering commitment of Jesus on two fronts:
He will continue to confront the Jewish religious leaders on their spiritual condition.
He will teach His disciples in greater depth that their way must be a “new way”.
A village rejects Jesus __________________________________________________________
The disciples are offended so they think judgment would be appropriate. So the Lord set’s them straight again: “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.” (vs. 55)
Verses 57 – 62 are the beginning of lessons on discipleship that are dispersed throughout the next 9 chapters of Luke. It must be made clear to those that want to follow Jesus that discipleship has a cost, a most difficult cost – rejection by the world. __________________
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