March 25th Luke 14 Jesus heals on the Sabbath
1: And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. 2: And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3: And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4: And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5: And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? 6: And they could not answer him again to these things.
Jesus teaches – Humility
7: And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8: When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9: And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10: But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 11: For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 12: Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13: But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
The Great Supper
15: And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 16: Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18: And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19: And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20: And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21: So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22: And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23: And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24: For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Total love for Christ
25: And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27: And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28: For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29: Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30: Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31: Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32: Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33: So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34: Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35: It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Christ was a marked man and the religious leaders watched him to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day so that they could accuse him of breaking the law. So Christ asked the question, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? They had no answer so Christ healed the sick man. Then Christ further questioned them to see if they broken the tradition of the elders too. They did of course. Christ did not feel obliged to keep their traditions. Then Christ followed by teaching on the practise of the religious leaders of taking the important seats. He said take the low seat and then and then only you can be promoted. Then Christ went on to say when you have a meal do not call friends neighbours or the rich but call the poor man, the maimed, the lame and the blind. In other words call those who cannot repay you. God will see to it that you are rewarded at the resurrection. Then Christ told the parable of the great supper. At once we see that the invitation goes out in four waves. The first wave was John the second was Christ the third was the Apostles in Acts and the last wave is the evangelists of the Tribulation. Those who made excuse will never be allowed in they did not come because they did not want the company of the King. Lastly Christ explains the conditions of being his disciples. The first is that he turns from his closest family in such a way that in contrast to his love for Christ his affection to his family would be hatred. The second condition is to take up his cross and follow me. Those who do not take up their cross are not worthy of him. These things are not the conditions of becoming a Christian. The only condition of becoming a Christian is faith. These are the conditions of becoming a disciple of the Messiah of Israel.