Every Last Word
Everyone knows the story of the Good Samaritan. It shows how we need to be more compassionate to those around us. We need to love others in tangible ways, even across social and religious barriers. But when Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, he wasn’t just trying to inspire us to be better people. There was a lot more to it.
Jesus’ followers came to Him full of excitement because they where able to cast out demons. Jesus responds that they should instead be even more joyful because their names are written in the book of life. What does Jesus mean by this? Why shouldn’t his followers rejoice in casting out demons?
Jesus sends 72 of his followers ahead of Him to the towns he’ll soon visit. He tells them to take nothing with them – not even a change of underwear! This is a strange move for a King: to have his ambassadors rely on people’s hospitality while having nothing tangible to give in return. Jesus gives his followers some other rather strange instructions as well.
The demands of Christ may be more than we think. We want to pencil Jesus into our schedules. But Jesus refuses to be squeezed in. He wants to have our whole lives. Today we’ll wrestle with what it means to follow Christ – and not look back.
One of our primary jobs as Christians is to represent Christ. But instead of showing people who he is, we often get in the way. Today we will examine our own lives and see how well we represent our Savior.
Sometimes we envy the disciples who actually walked and talked with Jesus. We think if we could just touch him, we’d have a greater faith. Or if we could only see Jesus face to face, following him would be a lot easier.
Do you feel comfortable with your life right now? Are all your ducks in a row? Is your life running smoothly and comfortably? Today we’ll look at what it means to follow Christ. The way we live now has huge eternal implications.
Peter has a reputation as being the loudmouth of the disciples. When asked who Jesus is, he blurts out that he is the Christ of God. This confession has a lot of implications for who Christ is and what he does. Are you able to make this same confession? Do you know Jesus as your Christ?
What is impossible for man is easy for God. The disciples learned this first hand when Jesus commanded them to feed five thousand hungry men. After insisting that they couldn’t possibly achieve such a feat, they watched Jesus simply break bread and have it multiply in his hands. But Jesus did much more that, He taught his disciples some extremely valuable lessons.
Doing something is often the best way to learn it. That’s why Jesus sent his apostles out on an internship. He told them to spread the gospel with their words and their actions – healing the sick and casting out demons. From their trip, the apostles learned valuable lessons of what it means to trust God. These lessons still apply to us today.
When people come to Jesus in extreme situations, he offers them extreme solutions. A man’s daughter dies while he is begging Jesus for help. He speaks to the girl and she comes to life again. A woman has been bleeding for years, and no doctor can help. Jesus heals her and brings her back into the relationships she’s not had for years. Let’s see how Jesus responds to those who have faith in him.