As we come to the end of the 9th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, we see in the words and actions of Jesus a call to be steadfast disciples. Recognizing Jesus as King means He has the right to direct our steps, to direct our thoughts, to direct our actions. But we also find that real life happens and that we are tempted to be distracted by the allures of life. We also struggle to react with love and forbearance with those who reject us, who reject our mission, to reject the words of Jesus. We end up being unfaithful disciples.
But we find, in the life of Jesus, a picture of success. How did Jesus head toward Jerusalem, knowing what was ahead? How did He remain steadfast? It was his focus on His mission! And in the same way, we find that we can be steadfast disciples as we set our sights on Jesus, on His example and on His power!
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
- What did Jesus see ahead as He set out for Jerusalem? Consider the phrase “received up.”
- Who were the Samaritans? Why did they reject Jesus? How do people reject Him in the same way today?
- What was right in James and John’s request in verse 54? What was wrong? What did they not understand about who they were in Christ?
- Based on verses 57-58, how should we look upon our possessions in light of the Gospel?
- Based on verses 59-60, how should we look upon our family responsibilities in light of the Gospel?
- Based on verses 61-62, how should we look upon our comforts in light of the Gospel?
- How are verse 51 and 62 related?
- How is Jesus calling you to follow Him?