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March 11, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 9 (ESV)

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him....Continue Reading

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  1. “While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” 36 When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.”

  2. Wow, so much here in chapter 9. The comment about Herod the Tetrach is interesting. It shows the extent of the impact of the disciples ministry as Jesus infuses them with His power. It is the same unique nature that John the Baptist had that has Herod confused. That is an interesting mark on Christians when the world sees different believers acting with the same nature. It testifies to them about the nature of Christ.

    And once again the power of Jesus is shown to be even greater by feeding 5,000 men (so the number is even greater were you to include women and children). It seems pretty natural that Peter would then conclude who Jesus is, the Christ of God, God’s anointed. How confusing it must have been to have this powerful Son of God talk about being handed over to evil man and killed. It further reveals that it is He who lays His life down, no one can take it from Him. And it is only fitting therefore that we would give our lives completely to Him.

    And just in case you needed further proof? You have the transfiguration. Jesus’ glory reveled in real time. Awesome! And in light of this, how silly does the disciples’ argument about who is greatest seem. Our role is always to be stewards of what God has given us and never compare ourselves to others, whether that would be to think we are greater or less. we need only be faithful to Him.

    And the cost of following Jesus is great as far as what we give up that is of this world. But it is nothing compared to the benefit that comes from the blessings we receive spiritually, physically and in heaven.

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