April 3, 2018

Luke 2018-04-03

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    Luke 24:1-53 (ESV)

    1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

    13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

    28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.    30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

    36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.

    44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

    50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

    Reflection Questions

  • Luke 24:1-2
    • What is the significance of the fact that these women took the spices to the tomb very early in the morning, while the disciples were downcast and dejected (Luke 24:17)?  What did the women experience as a result?

    Luke 24:5-8

    • What did the angels remind the women?
    • What is the role of remembering God’s word in recognizing God at work?

    Luke 24:12

    • What is the difference between Peter and the rest of the disciples who did not go to the tomb?

    Luke 24:21

    • Think about the words: “we had hoped….”  How did the crucifixion of Jesus dash their hope?
    • In what ways do my false hopes get in the way of recognizing my true need?
    • What are the false hopes I need to let go of?

    Luke 24:32-35

    • What made their hearts burn?
    • The disciples had no option but to hasten back to Jerusalem and share with others how they had encountered Jesus.  How does the gospel have this kind of effect on a person’s life, turning him from the path that he is on and compelling him to share the good news with others?
    • Is this true of my life?

    Luke 24:36-44

    • The disciples were frightened because they thought they were seeing a ghost when they saw Jesus. What does Jesus do to settle the disciples’ doubts about his resurrection (vv. 36, 39, 43, 44)?
April 2, 2018

Luke 2018-04-02

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    Luke 23:50-56 (ESV)

    50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

    On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

    Reflection Questions

  • Luke 23:50-56
    • Joseph is described as a “good and righteous man.”  Given what he proceeds to do, what does it mean to be a good and righteous man?
    • What are some ways in which I need to face up to disapproval and opposition in order to give Jesus the place of honor in my life?
March 30, 2018

Luke 2018-03-30

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    Luke 23:26-49 (ESV)

    26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

    32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

    39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 23:32-34
    • Reflect on Jesus’ prayer, and meditate on the magnanimity and pity with which he viewed those crucifying him.
    • In what sense is it true of all of us that we really don’t know what we are doing?
    • What is my response to Jesus’ prayer, given that he intercedes for all believers even now?  (See Romans 8:34.)

    Luke 23:35-39

    • What expression appears three times in this text?  What is behind this cry to “save yourself”?  How does this play out in my life?
    • Why didn’t Jesus use his power to save himself?
    • What does this mean for Jesus’ disciples, each of whom is called to deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow him (Luke 9:23)?

    Luke 23:40-43

    • What truths about sin, judgment, and himself does the second criminal acknowledge?
    • Upon what basis does this man receive these words of assurance from Jesus?
    • What does this reveal about the “qualification” for salvation?
March 29, 2018

Luke 2018-03-29

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    Luke 23:13-25 (ESV)

    13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.”

    18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 23:13-23
    • The crowd wanted to crucify Jesus despite the truth of his innocence.  What was it about Jesus that made the crowd so irrational?
    • Are there things about God or his words that provoke a similar response in me?

    Luke 23:23-24

    • Although Pilate was in the position to release Jesus, in the end he was utterly powerless to do so.  What was it about Pilate that ultimately allowed the voice of the crowd to prevail?  What did he lack?
    • What can I learn about compromise from the progression of Pilate’s responses (Luke 23:4, 16, 22, 24)?
    • What kinds of “loud cries” demand me to deny Jesus or compromise my beliefs?
    • What will determine my response to these “loud cries”?

    Luke 23:25

    • What is ironic about the outcome of the trial?
    • How does this mirror what has taken place in my life?
March 28, 2018

Luke 2018-03-28

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    Luke 22:63-23:12 (ESV)

    63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.

    66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68 and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

    23 1 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

    6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 22:63-65
    • What did Jesus endure from those who were guarding him? What was his response to them? What does this say regarding the nature of his love for me?

    Luke 22:66-71

    • The religious authorities ask a very good question, and they get an accurate and truthful answer. Yet they end up condemning Jesus. Why?
    • What might be the question Jesus knows they “will not answer” if he asks? How would I answer it?
    • What about these religious leaders serves as a warning for me?

    Luke 23:8-9

    • Jesus was silent to Herod’s many questions because he knew Herod was only interested in seeing him perform miracles. What is the warning here about seeking miracles and sensational displays in approaching Jesus?
March 27, 2018

Luke 2018-03-27

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    Luke 22:54-62 (ESV)

    54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.

    56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”     57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 22:54-62
    • Peter cared about Jesus enough to follow him, yet he followed “at a distance” and was found to be sitting “together” with others near a kindled fire. What do these facts reveal about the frailty of man?  How is this true of my life?
    • Are there some parallels between Peter’s denial of being associated with Jesus and the way I live?

    Luke 22:56-62

    • Jesus already knew that Peter would deny him, and yet his prayer for Peter was to turn back from his failure and strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:32).  Given that this was Jesus’ prayer for Peter, what might have been in the heart of Jesus as he “turned and looked at Peter”?
    • What did Peter remember, and how did this lead him to repent?  What implication does this have about the role of God’s word in my life?
March 26, 2018

Luke 2018-03-26

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    Luke 22:39-53 (ESV)

    39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

    47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 22:40
    • Jesus urges the disciples to pray in view of what is to come.  Is there something I am facing about which the words, “pray that you may not enter into temptation,” are particularly apt?
    • What has been my practice and attitude toward prayer in light of my battles with temptation?

    Luke 22:41-42

    • What is the content of Jesus’ prayer?
    • According to Jesus’ prayer, what should be the outcome of every prayer?

    Luke 22:47-53 

    • Why might Judas have chosen this particular way of identifying Jesus to those who came to arrest him?
    • Judas was with Jesus for three years, along with the rest of the disciples, who all found their hearts full of love and loyalty toward Jesus. What might be some reasons Judas turned out to be so different?  From this, what warnings are applicable to me?
March 23, 2018

Luke 2018-03-23

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    Luke 22:24-38 (ESV)

    24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

    28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,  30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

    31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

    35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 22:24
    • What were the disciples preoccupied with?  What did this cause them to be clueless to?
    • What are the things that preoccupy me?  What am I clueless to as a result?

    Luke 22:25-30

    • In what ways do I seek power or greatness rather than service?
    • Reflect on the words of Jesus, “but I am among you as the one who serves,” and their revolutionary meaning regarding power and status.  To what extent have I internalized these values in my life?

    Luke 22:31-34

    • In light of Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s betrayal, what is surprising about what Jesus tells Peter?
    • What is faith according to v. 32?
    • What is Jesus’ vision for Peter after he turns back?

    Luke 22:35-38

    “Why did Jesus tell the disciples to buy a sword?  As he had often done before, Jesus was speaking figuratively here.  He knew persecution was coming and was urging his disciples to be prepared to suffer because of it.  Some think Jesus’ words, “That is enough,” (v. 38) were uttered in exasperation.  The disciples had understood him literally when he meant to be understood figuratively.”4 

    • What picture of discipleship do these verses paint?
    • How prepared and equipped am I for spiritual battle?


March 22, 2018

Luke 2018-03-22

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    Luke 22:7-23 (ESV)

    7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”  10 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

    14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 22:7-13
    • Peter and John obey Jesus’ unusual instructions and find things “just as he had told them.” What can I learn about the relationship between obedience and the nature of discipleship?

    Luke 22:17-20

    • Reflect on the meaning of the bread and cup, and the words “do this in remembrance of me.” What does this tell me about the centrality of the cross?

    Luke 22:21-22 

    • In saying this, what opportunity does Jesus give to Judas?
March 21, 2018

Luke 2018-03-21

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    Luke 22:1-6 (ESV)

    1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.

    3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.

  • Reflection Questions
  • Luke 22:1-6
    • How did Judas become a target for Satan? (See John 12:4-6; James 1:14 -15.)

    John 12:4–6 (ESV) 

    4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.

    James 1:14–15 (ESV) 

    14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

    • List all the words that describe the progression from “seeking how” to the final conspiracy. What can this teach me about the progression of “desire when it has conceived giv[ing] birth to sin”?
    • What did fear of people, and a desire to get rid of Jesus, cause the religious leaders to do?  Is there some parallel between what the religious leaders did and what I do to get what I want?
    • What are some ways in which I am making myself vulnerable to sin?
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