Category Archives: Gospel of Luke

Spring Forward

Luke 14:25  (NKJV)
25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to themsource

This verse is speaking of Yeshua, of course.
Multitudes followed Him to hear Him preach. 

After Jesus’ resurrection, ascension, and Holy Spirit had come the Disciples preached.

Acts 2:41 (AMP) 
41 So then, those who accepted his message were baptized; and on that day about 3,000 souls were added [to the body of believers]. source

Acts 2:46-47 (NKJV) 
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. source

Acts 4:4  (AMP) But many of those who heard the message [of salvation] believed [in Jesus and accepted Him as the Christ]. And the number of the men came to be about 5,000.  source

Spring forward from Century 1 to now the 21st Century – what happened? 
Multitudes followed Yeshua to hear what He would say.
Thousands upon thousands, even 3,000 in a day heard Peter preach and believed The Gospel. They got SAVED.

Where are the multitudes in the 21st Century being CHANGED by The GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST
What happened? 

Will you pray?
Will you pray according to Luke 10:2?

Luke 10:2  (AMP) 
He was saying to them, “The harvest is abundant [for there are many who need to hear the good news about salvation], but the workers [those available to proclaim the message of salvation] are few. Therefore, [prayerfully] ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. source

 
21st century
The 21st century is the current century in the Anno Domini era or Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It began on January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 2100. The 21st century is the first century of the 3rd millennium. Wikipedia
 
How many millenniums will we have? 

Come to Breakfast

I thought I’d remind you of something you likely already know but perhaps have not thought about in a while. 

The TEXT I’m offering here for you to read is John 21:1-14.

If you read the account or if you recall, this happening took place after Yeshua’s resurrection. And it is the third time He appeared to the Disciples after that most wonderful Sunday morning in all of history. 

Peter decided to go fishing and some of the guys decided to accompany him. They fished all night and caught nothing. Then morning came and Someone was on the beach. 
Verse 7 says John recognized the Someone on the Beach. He said, ” It is the LORD!” 
I think he recognized Him because when they cast the net at His command, they got a multitude of fish. 
That was not the first time He had given them those instructions. (Luke 5:4-7)

And now to the reminder, I want to give you for consideration today. 
When they got to the shore breakfast was cooking.
Bread and Fish. 

 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. source 

THE LORD HIMSELF was cooking breakfast for them. 

The BREAD of LIFE baked bread for them! 
Now just ponder on that. The resurrected GODMAN cooked breakfast for them. Not supernaturally but naturally. Campfire and all. 
But that’s not all. 

12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 
13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. source

GOD Almighty cooked breakfast and served them!

What might He want to serve to YOU today? 
The question is, will you dine with Him

A Certain Widow

Luke 21

Luke 21 (NKJV) And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 
and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 
So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 
for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”  source

The Text does not say just any widow but a certain widow. A poor widow. This is what we know about her. A Certain Poor Widow that Gave. 

And from this, I see that GOD pays attention.
The Penman, Luke, was not moved to tell us her name but he did use the word certain. Meaning GOD knew for certain who she was.

And surely there were other widows in Jerusalem. But this certain widow GAVE.  She gave out of lack, not plenty.  Others made much noise as their coins flooded the coffers. (Perhaps the Temple Vessels looked something like these pictured – or not.)
Her offering likely made little noise.  She quietly gave all she had. 

And GOD noticed. 

I think He still does. 

Luke 13

Luke 13.

Yeshua told a parable or two in His three and half year preaching ministry. In one of those parables, He told a story that would tend to make one think that there is stuff that GOD does not know. But wait. Doesn’t He know everything? How can He know everything and not know everything? Easy. HE is GOD.

I understand it this way, for now. I am confident I will understand it fully when I see HIM in Eternity.

Beginning in verse 24, Yeshua tells a parable to answer a question one of the many who followed Him from place to place asked, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” We ask the same question today. 
He replied, (pardon my paraphrase) a Master of the house got up and shut the door.
This reminds me of a Galilean Wedding; where the Groom finally comes for the Bride and they go into the House for the Marriage Supper, and the Door is closed. Only the Attendants on the premises at the time the Door is shut go into the House for the Marriage Super. Those who come after are denied access. There is a movie that explains this amazingly well.

25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  source 

What does Jesus mean, I do not know you, where you are from? 

I understand it this way. Marriage is a covenant.
We think of it today as a contract which is sad indeed.
GOD is interested in covenants.
A covenant is about Relationship.
A contract is about performance. As long as you perform well, I’ll abide in Contract. 
See what I mean?

And the question was Lord, are there few who are saved? 
What a question! 
I think yes. Yes in comparison to the whole, few are saved. 
Why? Because few accepted (and few continue today to accept) the INVITATION to come to the Wedding.

But how can GOD know and not know? Easy I think. 
Those in the Master’s House are known because they are in the House; they are in COVENANT with GOD. He knows them IN COVENANT. 
I know a few people but I only know JT in the marriage covenant. 

So does Jesus know you in Covenant or as one of the many who keeps saying, no thank You? 

Day 14

Day 14 of The Giving of Thanks.

White Stones.  I am giving thanks for white stones today. White stones spread in a garden spot and JT who worked so diligently to make it happen. Flowers on clearance and flowers to bloom in the Spring.  

Luke 12:28 (NLT) 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? source

Ezekiel 36:35 (NLT) 35 And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’ source

Revelation 2:17  (NKJV) 17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’  source

 

 

 

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