Today’s passage reminds us that we can lose our focus even as we attempt to serve Jesus. But the most important thing in life must be our relationship with Him. Everything else, even our service to Jesus, is at best secondary. And if we learn to savor Jesus, then we will undoubtedly serve Him well, too.
We can all understand how tempting it is to separate out our professed love for God from our practical love for neighbors. But Jesus calls us to a costly love for neighbor which proves our love for God. In this passage, Jesus shows us that such costly love is: unconditional, unbelievable, and unmistakable.
Jesus rejoices in God’s revelation, and He reminds us to do the same. The first half of our passage speaks to the humility required to receive God’s revelation, and the second half points to the privilege of receiving it.
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Too many of us miss out on the true joy and peace of Christmas because we miss the point of who Christ is and why He came to that manger in the first place. Matthew’s genealogy is a powerful reminder that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah who came to fulfill God’s promises to Abraham and David, and to bring the joy and peace of God’s grace to sinners and strangers like you and me.
The simple truth is that Jesus is the only One who can truly heal our suffering, and so we must go to Him in faith.
God gives us revelation, and so we should respond to it appropriately. / A right response to revelation involves allowing it to come to us and also through us to others.
We serve a faithful God, and so we must remember His faithfulness. As we look backward on these past two years, let’s praise God for His proven faithfulness. And as we look ahead to next year, let’s place our faith in our ever-faithful God.
Since unmet expectations can lead to doubt, we should always ground all of our expectations in the unchanging truth of God’s Word.
Jesus is the Rock, the only lasting foundation for our lives, and so we must build our lives upon Him. In our passage we see that it requires obedience to His commands, and it always results in endurance through hard times.
How often do we make important decisions without every bringing them before the Lord? In this passage, Jesus shows us a different way.
Like Levi, we must leave behind our worldly pursuits and love the worldly people God has placed before us.
Jesus preached with authority and performed miracles which authenticated His message about the Kingdom of God.
Temptation is inevitable! But Jesus conquered temptation without sinning, so we can have hope in Christ as we face our own temptations.
Luke's genealogy of Jesus reminds us that He was both Son of God and Son of Man, descended from Adam, Abraham, and David.
John the Baptist preached repentance as an important part of acknowledging our need for God's grace in Christ.
Luke gives us some great examples of people who trust in the Lord and obey Him.
CORRECTION #1: The redemption price of a baby boy is actually 5 shekels of silver, not 15 shekels (see Numbers 18:16).
CORRECTION #2: During the discussion of Karate Kid, Daniel-san's opponent is mistakenly referred to as "Joey Lawrence" (Whoa!) when, in fact, it was Johnny "Sweep the Leg" Lawrence. Our apologies!
The song of Zacharias is a wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness and His purposefulness both in the world and in our lives.
The birth narrative of John the Baptist seamlessly connects the New Testament with the Old, and reassures us that God is faithful, and that He always keeps His promises.