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Words are not Enough

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Scripture: Luke 20:45   In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” Luke 21:1   He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2 he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4 for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” Observation: The religious leaders were good at saying the right things and putting on appearances. They probably even prayed aloud for the needs of the poor widows within their community. The problem was that their actions didn’t

Do We See Who Jesus Really Is?

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Theo enjoying Christmas as a reindeer.  But -- we do see him for who he really is! Scripture: Luke 20:41     Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is David’s son? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 43 until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’ 44 David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” Observation: Jesus knew that the religious officials were unconvinced about him. They would not embrace him as their Messiah, for they were convinced that he did not tick all the right boxes. There was a bit of a riddle regarding the way in which the Messiah could also be David’s son, for if David was king, how could his son be greater than him? That wasn’t the way that it worked within society.  Jesus silenced them by using a Psalm: The Messiah, as God, was David’s Lord; but the Messiah, as man, was David’s son. They couldn’t see who Jesus really was because they couldn’t fathom this

Children of the Resurrection

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  My dad having a conversation with the  younger generation.  Scripture: Luke 20:27   Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30 then the second 31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32 Finally the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Luke 20:34   Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children

Whose Image Do You Bear?

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Do we bear the image of our Father? Scripture: Luke 20:20   So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?” They said, “The emperor’s.” 25 He said to them, “Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent. Observation: The religious leaders were trying to catch Jesus again. The scenes that Luke plays out in Jerusalem a

Stealing the Inheritance

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Scripture: Luke 20:9     He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. 10 When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed. 12 And he sent still a third; this one also they wounded and threw out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they he

Trolling Jesus

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Two-year-old Halston wanting his own way with the manger. Seems like some of the  religious officials in Jesus' day had a hard time growing up,  and continued wanting their own way.  Scripture: Luke 20:1     One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and telling the good news, the chief priests and the scribes came with the elders 2 and said to him, “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?” 3 He answered them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 4 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” 5 They discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these thin

Reorientation for the Mission

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Little Alice served up a great reminder of reorientation  when she didn't ask Santa for anything, but wanted to  wish him a Merry Christmas. That's the note she sent him.  Scripture: Luke 19:45     Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; 46 and he said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.” Luke 19:47   Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. Observation: There are two parts to this scene in which Jesus reorients the temple for the mission of God. The opening scene is a “prophetic critique of the temple” in which “Jesus recovers the temple for its legitimate use” (Green, NICNT). The problem for the religious leaders is that Jesus’ critique is a condemnation