Archive for July 19th, 2017

Luke 17

Luke 17 has Jesus teaching His disciples about sin.  He says “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come”! How we live matters.  Temptation is a reality of life.  We face a very real enemy that seeks to kill, steal and destroy, and temptation is part of his strategy to pull us away from living God’s way.  But Jesus makes it clear that we should not be part of the tempting.  And He goes on to tell us that when sin happens, we need to forgive.  “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him”.

Forgiveness is a difficult choice.  It is a choice, not a feeling.  Jesus teaches us over and over that forgiveness is a way of living that we need to embrace and choose.  People will fail us.  We need to set them free through forgiveness.  Jesus goes on to talk about the power of faith.  “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you”.  We have so much power available to us through faith.  But we have to truly believe, and live based on that faith.  We can do great and amazing things through Christ, but not based on our own ability or power.

Jesus tells the story of the ten lepers who he met on the road.  They asked for healing, and Jesus granted it.  But notice how He does it. Scripture tells us “as they went they were cleansed”.  It didn’t happen while they were speaking to Him.  It happened as they believed it and were heading toward the priests where they could be declared clean.  Healing came as they believed and had faith in what Jesus had told them.  All ten were healed, yet only one came back to tell Jesus thank you.  When we experience the power of God’s hand, we need to be sure we’re like the one who returned to say thanks.

Jesus ends talking about eternity and the end times.  He makes it clear that no one will know when that time will come.  It will happen like it did in the days of Noah or Lot – people were living life and then it happened as God moved.  The lesson is we need to be prepared and ready, and when we see it move toward God.  We must not turn back or try to preserve life as we know it.  “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it”. It is through letting go and trusting God that we’ll experience life in its fulness!

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