If you hear of a new Christian movement or someone claiming God has spoken to them, what is your reaction? Personally, I tend to be sceptical. I can understand the response of the first people who observed the actions of Jesus. Having the authority to cast out evil spirits can't have been commonplace. The Bible tells us people … Continue reading WHOSE AUTHORITY?
The account of Mary and Martha is commonly divided into the traditions of the day and the women's character traits. It highlights how Jesus was challenging the status quo of gender equality. There is a lesson to be found in the conflicting attitudes of Mary and Martha. For followers of Jesus, it's also about living a … Continue reading BALANCE
Leaving His local area of Galilee, Jesus progressed South. The capital city of Jerusalem was God’s chosen place for the offering of sacrifices. Every step took Jesus closer to His decision. To offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin. This would mean going through Samaria. The Jews avoided the Samaritans because of their bitter history. Just … Continue reading SAMARITANS
A crowd had gathered around a boy possessed by a particularly disruptive spirit.1 At the start of the chapter, the disciples had been given authority to drive out all evil spirits.2 But the demon causing the child's violent convulsions was more than a match for the disciple's faith. It challenged their focus and spiritual authority, it shifted … Continue reading SPIRITUAL FOCUS
On a mountain somewhere in Galilee, Earth briefly encountered The Kingdom of Heaven. This was not a typical demonstration or teaching about The Kingdom of Heaven. This was a rare encounter. Three fortunate men were chosen to witness this extraordinary event. James and John, the 'sons of thunder' and the impulsive Peter. The honour of the … Continue reading TRANSFIGURATION
Our journey through Lukes gospel suddenly has a solemn tone. After being alone to receive direction from His Father, Jesus gathers close disciples. He prophecies that His future will include rejection, suffering, humiliation and finally death. Jesus starts by asking the question that still divides people today. Who do people believe He is? How would … Continue reading SON OF MAN
After miraculously feeding 5,000 people, 1 the crowd proclaim Jesus is a prophet and consider making Him their king. They would've been reminded of the story of Elisha miraculously feeding people with bread during a famine. 2 Jesus also attracted the attention of the civil authorities. Herod Antipater (nicknamed Antipas) was the tetrarch (ruler of a quarter) of Galilee … Continue reading PROVISION