Luke 13 – 24

Luke 13

If we compromise with even one point of God’s Word, or break any commandment, we have broken the [whole] law.

ALL have sinned and ALL need to sincerely repent and turn to an intensive effort to internalize the nature of God through diligent study, continual prayerful meditation and whole hearted obedience to every Word of God.

Any person who teaches that Christ will overlook any wilful disobedience or compromise with God’s Word is an ignorant false teacher.

Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent [STOP sinning], ye shall all likewise perish. 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 

We shall all die physically, however if we are sincerely repentant and doing our level best to learn, grow and overcome, to “Go and sin no more”  we have the hope of the resurrection to spirit and eternal life.  Those who refuse to sincerely repent and go forward to sin no more, will be destroyed for eternity.

The Father is the husbandman (John 15) and he will be patient with the sincerely repentant who are diligently working to live by every Word of God sinners among his called out; and he shall judge, reject and correct all willful sinners.

13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

God is patient with us, but if we continue in our sins, idolatry and false traditions, we shall be corrected.

Healing on the Sabbath.

13:10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed [had a doubled over back] together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 13:12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13:13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

13:14 And the ruler of the synagogue [the presiding elder] answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

Jesus speaks against the presiding elder before all the people.

Consider this: being a true daughter of Abraham she was a faithful person and yet was still  afflicted. She was loosed on the Sabbath day, which is a picture of the millennial Kingdom when all humanity will be loosed and delivered from Satan by Jesus Christ!

Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath was much more than teaching the law of mercy, it was a prophetic allegory of the deliverance from physical and spiritual afflictions in and after the Millennial Kingdom of God!

13:15 The Lord then answered him [speaking to the head pastor now], and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

In the Millennial Kingdom, most of the human adversaries of Christ and his ways will be ashamed and will repent, and God’s Spirit shall be poured out on all peoples.

13:17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

The Kingdom is like a very small seed which grows and grows until it fills the whole earth.

Luke 13:18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? 13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. 13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

When the Kingdom of God is established it will grow to cover the entire earth!

13:22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

Very few of the called out shall overcome and be saved.

To be chosen we MUST be totally faithful in all things, and stand firm against all temptations, pressures, deceptions and persecutions. Being part of a group claiming to be God’s people means absolutely nothing; if we are not unwaveringly dedicated to live by every Word of God.

Being baptized is absolutely nothing, UNLESS we KEEP our baptismal commitment to love, obey and work incessantly to PLEASE God our Father in heaven in ALL THINGS.

Absolute dedication to living by every Word of God and hungrily internalizing the very nature of God through intensive study and the KEEPING of the Father’s will is the difficult, but only way through the Gate of Salvation.

This kind of overcoming can only be done by an unending prayerful attitude and meditation on God’s Word day and night, and the seeking of a full understanding from God the Father; and seeking with all our hearts to receive a full measure of God’s Spirit, which is given to the obedient who follow the lead of God’s Spirit to KEEP all the things of God.

13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

As God closed the door to the ark of Noah, and those outside began to pound on the door and loudly beg to be let in; even so many who are now called, and who have become lax and disobedient, falling away and preferring their own ways and traditions above the Word of God, shall be left on the ground looking up at the resurrected chosen

Do not let the deceivers and idolaters of false traditions deceive you and steal your crown! 

The law of God IS love; and anyone who teaches to compromise or tolerate sin in the name of love is an IGNORANT DECEIVER.

Yes, conversion is a process of growing! Yes, we can make mistakes and we may sometimes slip; but we are NOT to justify our errors! We are to sincerely repent, and with God’s help redouble our efforts to overcome!

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Those who internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; who become one with them in total spiritual unity, through a deep love for God and all the things of God, those who love the passionate keeping of all of their commandments and who set a good example of godliness and FEED THE FLOCK with the good pasture of the Word, watering them with the Spirit of Godliness, are building on the foundation of the Word of God: Which shall NEVER be moved.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

The words of Christ are not taught  today, because they are NOT KEPT!  It is because the Word of God exposes the many false shepherds among us!  It is because the Word of God cuts sharply into the very heart and spirit of our organizations and convicts us of our sins and egocentric complacency; and our lack of Christ centeredness; exposing our almost total lack of Christ-like zeal for God the Father’s will and ways!

Jesus Christ stands at the door of each of those called to him; knocking (Rev 3), calling us to repent of our self righteous idolizing of our own ways; calling us to a diligent dedicated passionate obedience to the commandments of God; calling us to a zeal for the keeping of God’s Word and instructions; calling us to sincerely repent of our self seeking embracing of worldliness.

The wolves pretend to feed the flock; the better to ravish them.

It is only by reading and doing these words of Christ, that we begin to learn to discern between the holy and the profane; between the wolves and the true shepherds and sheep; for truly the wolves do disguise themselves diligently, and can only be discerned through a proving of all things by the scriptures.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye [those who have justified their sin] begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Very, very, many Church leaders, elders and brethren will be shut out of God’s Kingdom; unless they repent of idolizing men and corporations above the Word of God.

13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Some from all over the earth shall enter the Kingdom of God through their unwavering, faithful, whole hearted zeal for all the things of God, and many who have served few years shall be first because of their zeal and spiritual growth; while many who had little or no zeal and did nothing with their talent, will be last [if they make it at all].

For it is the zealous for the ways and will of God, who continually grow and steadfastly reject and abhor all sin in passionate love for their Lord; who shall be first in the Kingdom of God!

13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

Those who appear to be first [great people] in this life could well be last in the life to come, because they are full of impressive zeal to follow idols of men and false traditions of men, and lack any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God.

Some of the Pharisees who appear to have been with Christ, then warned Jesus that Herod sought to kill him.

13:31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

Jesus sends them to Herod saying that on the third day [After the third year of his ministry, and not before; he will die] he will be perfected [complete his mission and die for his creation].

13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox , Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet [Christ would not fail to complete his 3 1/2 year mission] perish out of Jerusalem.

13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate [Physical Israel would and has become a widow after the death of her Husband, (Is 54:4)]

When Christ returns to Jerusalem, the city and the nations will be repentant and will welcome him once again and in far greater glory then when he entered the city in triumph just a few days previously.

When Christ returns with his saints, the city will rejoice in her Deliverer and welcome him in whole hearted repentance with Great Rejoicing. Shouting blessed be our Deliverer, who delivers us in the authority of the Eternal!!! Blessed is he who comes from the Father in heaven to deliver us!!!

They will recognize and accept their saviour with Great Joy!!!

Luke 13:35 . . .  and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

 

Luke 14

Again, this issue of healing on the Sabbath, which is a very important allegory of the healing of the spirit of all humanity during the Sabbatical Millennial Kingdom of God, and later in the main harvest.

Luke 14:1 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. 14:2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 14:3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 14:4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

Jesus then challenged them to answer him about mercy and the Sabbath.

14:5 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? 14:6 And they could not answer him again to these things.

Jesus teaches humble discretion.

14:7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden [to the meal], when he marked [saw them] how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them. 14:8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding [Speaking to those called to the marriage of the Lamb, do not exalt yourselves; stay back and let God exalt whoever HE chooses.  The way to be exalted is not to exalt ones self with expansive claims, but to be zealous to exalt the Eternal God.], sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 14:9 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.

This lesson is about exalting ourselves; for many falsely claim to be apostles and prophets to gathering personal followings.

14:10 But when thou art bidden [invited, that is “called out” into the faith], go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee [the Father] 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.

14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

God the Father calls the poor in spirit [humble and teachable] and exalts those who live by every Word of God.  Those who in their pride exalt themselves God will abase.

God calls the humble who will listen to Him, not the proud who want to live by their own ways and will NOT live by every Word of God; it is the lowly in self esteem, the humble and contrite before God, who listen to God and are faithful to him.

14:12 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. 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14:14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. 14:15 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.

Jesus further explains his teaching. Giving a parable of God the Father calling the great and wise of this world to the wedding feast; and none responded for they were all about their own ways.

14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 14:18 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. 14:19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 14:20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

When people sought out every possible excuse to avoid any zeal for God the Father; God called out the poor in the spirit of pride who are humble and teachable, to the Marriage of the Son.

14:21 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.

Then God the Father commanded that more would be called to be a part of the collective bride just before the resurrection and Wedding Feast, as during the end time tribulation,  many will be humbled and be ready to sincerely repent.

14:22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 14:23 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.

NONE of those who were called out to be a part of the collective bride and refused to respond with sincere repentance and zeal to live by every Word of God, shall be resurrected and have a part in the marriage of the Lamb of God. 

Those like today’s Ekklesia, who  think of themselves as righteous and great in godliness while they are full of following idols of men contrary to the Word of God, shall not be changed to spirit in the first resurrection to spirit.

Rather, it is the wicked that sincerely repent and commit to “Go and sin no more” and then live by every Word of God; who shall be changed into spirit!

14:24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden [to be a part of the bride and keep God’s Word, and sought excuses to be about their own business and not to keep God’s Word] shall taste of my supper [Marriage Feast].

We are to focus on loving and obeying God the Father much more than we love anything or anyone else. Our love for our own families should not come between us and our God.

14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not [Meaning the faithful will love God, more than ANYTHING else; even their corporate church or personal family] his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Anyone who will not live by EVERY WORD of GOD; is NOT a true follower of Christ, and WILL be REJECTED by Almighty God!

With Christ there is NO HALF WAY! 

It is; ALL THE WAY, or NO WAY!

14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross [burdens], and come after me [follow Christ’s example of zeal for God], cannot be my disciple.

Count the cost before you make a baptismal commitment; for the price is your life! We are to glorify God through living by every Word of God. 

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

14:31 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? 14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

The price of eternal life, is to forsake ALL for our Father in heaven!

14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath [will not forsake his own ways for the Word of God], he cannot be my disciple.

The ZEAL, OBEDIENCE and FAITH of the called out, is the salt that makes us acceptable to Christ. If we lose our savor and are no longer acceptable to Christ;  then what will God do with us?

Most assuredly, if we have no Christ-like ZEAL to live by every Word of God the Father; we shall be rejected and cast out!

14:34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 14:35 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.

If any of the called out loose their zeal to live by every Word of God, and instead follows idols of men and refuses to sincerely repent of the false traditions of the past;  they have lost their savor to God, and will be cast out (Rev 3:14-22).

 

Luke 15

Jesus Christ will reject all those who think themselves spiritually rich and in need of nothing, thinking they know it all, refusing listen to anyone not even listening to the Word of God;  and will accept the worst sort of ordinary sinners who are open to sincere repentance and the things of God, hungering for the truth of God.

This section contains lessons about the great love of God and his rejoicing over the saving of his wayward children, and all about the open door of repentance for sinners; and how much they are loved by God. G

od the Father and Christ are just standing there waiting and hoping with all their beings that the called out wicked will sincerely repent and turn to them.

Luke 15:1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

The parable of the lost sheep

15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

The Laodicean folks who are about to be rejected by Christ in “tough love” will be welcomed back into his open arms with great rejoicing when they have learned the lesson of faithful unwavering obedience to God.

Jesus spoke about how he would have loved to gather the people unto him as a hen gathers her chicks, but they would not. There will come a time when we will learn that our own ways are NOT better than God our Father’s ways; and we shall return to him in contrite repentance.

In that day there shall be GREAT REJOICING IN HEAVEN; and when then come to the earth all humanity will also repent and rejoice greatly along with God and the angels of heaven!

15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle [lamp], and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

The father and the rebellious son

Many have been called to Christ to become sons of God the Father and have become complacent, lax and lukewarm; doing as they think right, and NOT living as God commands.

They make a pretense of keeping the commandments while breaking them in their practical application, and their zeal is for their own false traditions and their own ways, and not for the enthusiastic KEEPING of the whole Word of God.

We have strayed very far from God.

15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

During the tough love of the tribulation, the fallen away of Laodicea will learn that our own ways are not good, and will be humbled to repent and embrace the Word of God with eternal zealous dedication; and to live by every Word of God the Father in heaven.

15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

In the tribulation the fallen away of Laodicea will recover from the intoxication of their immense pride and will regain their senses and come to understand that their Father’s law is for their good and God’s Word is a law of love; and that the trials that come from obedience to God are the attacks of Satan as he tries to intimidate us into joining him in rebellion against God the Father.

15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

In that day Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] Christ and God the Father will REJOICE GREATLY at the saving of the called out Laodiceans, who have gone astray.

15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Then humbled sinners will repent and seek to be with God as humble servants, unworthy to be called sons.

15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

This speaks of those who had fallen away and who sincerely repent in their correction, and are accepted with joy by their loving God.

15:22 But the father said to his servants [the angels], Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

The son that was faithful from the beginning and who had never strayed or rejected his father became concerned.

This speaks of God the Father explaining that those who had always been unwaveringly faithfully zealous, shall have an inheritance of kingship and priesthood in the resurrection; but that those who went astray, while now repentant, had lost their birthright of high inheritance in the kingdom, and will sit in lesser positions under the authority of the faithful, but NOT in high leadership positions.

Those who had gone astray and later repented will be welcomed with great joy, but they shall serve in the government under the authority of the pillars who had been unwaveringly zealously faithful.

15:25 Now his elder son was in the field [he was zealously about his Father’s business]: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in [to the feast]: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots [spiritually, following false teachers and idolizing corporate churches and false traditions above the Word of God the Father], thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

The lost who finds the way and sincerely repents has saved his life, but may lose much of his inheritance to have a lower place in his Father’s house; for the inheritance belongs to the zealous overcomer who continually lives by every Word of God the Father!

 

Luke 16

The worldly wisdom of the wicked

Luke 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted [stolen] his goods. 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they [I have left my Lord, so I will make friends of others] may receive me into their houses.

The unjust steward forgave the debtors of his master, in his master’s name; thereby making friends for himself, but incurring the enmity of his master.

16:5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

16:8 And the lord [the man’s master] commended the unjust steward [for making a clear choice], because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light [in worldly things].

The worldly wise know the things of the world; the children of God ought to KNOW the things of God! 

As this wicked worldly wise steward knew how to save himself according to worldly wickedness; the children of God should know how to conduct themselves to attain salvation spiritually.

Godly wisdom is to sincerely repent and beg forgiveness and to STOP doing the wicked deed and to live by every Word of God, so receiving forgiveness and life eternal; but human wisdom is to make friends of other worldly men to prosper in this physical life. 

Christ requires a clear choice from his stewards [servants]: Either serve God faithfully, or serve mammon and perish with the wicked.

16:9 And I say unto you, Make [the unrepentant wicked should make friends of the wicked] to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye [the wicked] fail [are judged by God],  they [the wicked] may receive you into everlasting habitations [with them in the fire of Gehenna].

We are to be zealously faithful to live by every Word of God, right down to the very least detail; and in so doing we shall be given authority over much, because God will know that we will be faithful.

He that is a compromiser in even the “little” things, cannot be given more; for he would be faithless in that also.

16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

This wicked steward was wise in worldliness; We are to wise in godliness! 

Godly wisdom is being  zealous, faithful and sincere in pleasing our Master, and faithfully living by every Word of God.

If we are not godly in the little things of our physical lives; how can God trust us to be faithful in much greater spiritual things of eternity?

16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

A clear choice of priorities is necessary. We must choose between being worldly wise for transitory pleasures unto eternal damnation;  or living by every Word of God and so becoming godly wise and inheriting eternal life!

Those who water down doctrine and outreach to avoid offending people in the hope of gaining numbers and increased funds; those who exalt false traditions above the Word of God; those who reject sections of the Word of God to justify their false teachings; those who idolize corporate churches and obey them above obeying the scriptures; those who exalt and idolize mere men to the point of following them away from the scriptures: ARE NOT GODLY WISE!

16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Self justification is an abomination before God

16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which [try to] justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Only the law and the prophets were preached until John Baptist; after that the spiritual meaning and implications of the law and prophets and the way into the kingdom of God were explained and preached along with the law and the prophets.

16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God [the spirit of the law and prophets and the way of eternal salvation began to be preached by Jesus Christ] is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The Word and Law of God shall never pass away!

16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Divorce and remarriage in the faith is absolutely forbidden

16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

The parable of Lazarus and the rich man

16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

The rich man figuratively cried out for relief as he faced the fire; but the merciless shall not receive mercy.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Today we have Moses, the prophets, the apostles and Jesus Christ, and we still will not listen to them; we still lean to our own ways and false traditions and we will not stand on the firm foundation of the scriptures.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Those who will not hear and obey the scriptures and who justify their idolatry of false traditions and men; would not even listen to a person raised from the dead today. They will reject God’s two servants and will be corrected in the fire of affliction, in the hope that they might be humbled and sincerely repent and be saved,

Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

 

Luke 17

Those who persecute the faithful will receive terrible retribution from the Great and Mighty God who parted the Red Sea, in their proper time. The execution of such justice belongs to God and we are not to take matters into our own hands.

We are to back off before the anger of others, and seek peace by doing good to those who misuse us: Not fighting with them.

Oh, if only the people and nations would obey this instruction.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke [reach out to him and try to resolve the issue as per Matthew 18] him; and if he repent, forgive him.

Forgive those who wrong us as often as is necessary, and place such things in the hands of God.

17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Yes, Lord; Increase our faith and help us to obey your instructions.

17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

We are to obey God and follow God’s Word in all things; for in so doing faith in God is perfected.

17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

Brethren, KEEPING all the teachings and commandments of God is only the beginning and is not enough! We are to do all we can to PLEASE our LORD in all things.

In all that we do, let us ask ourselves: Does this please God? Does it set a godly example for others and make us a good light of example for God’s way?

When you abuse your mate, or pay others to serve you on Sabbath; does that please God, does it set a godly example?

17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

Only the one leper praised and thanked God for his cleansing and he was a Palestinian.

17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

The kingdom of God is ruled by the law of that kingdom. 

The nature of God, the Ruler of that kingdom, is internalized through sincere repentance, the application of the sacrifice of Christ for all PAST sins repented of, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, to then “Go and sin no more.” The faithful person is the mustard seed example of the Kingdom of God, for the initial gift of a small amount of God’s Spirit is to be nourished until it grows to fill us to the full.

17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

The Kingdom of God is within us by the Holy Spirit, if we live by every Word of God, which is the laws of that Kingdom; as all men shall live by every Word of God in the Millennial Kingdom and beyond.

Jesus speaks of his death, and of his ascension to heaven to go out of their sight for a time in heaven.

17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

We need not seek for a physical presence of Christ; for when he comes all shall see him.

17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

It will be no secret when Christ comes to establish the Kingdom of God over all the earth.

17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

The wicked will not know that their correction is at hand; that includes those of the Ekklesia and brethren who have fallen away. They shall not understand for they are not the children of the light who follow the Lamb and live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal.

The vast majority of people calling themselves the people of God will be in the great tribulation, because of their Sabbath pollution and idolizing of men, corporate organizations and false traditions.

These folks will be about their everyday business and will deny even the prophets of power when they come.  Even at the very end of the tribulation most will be in denial and will be taken completely surprise by the actual coming of Christ in power to rule all nations on the earth.

17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Believe the biblical signs and respond to the warnings of the two prophets of God; going where they direct you. for if you wait until the abomination goes to the holy mount you will be much too late. Without a doubt the abomination will schedule his visit weeks in advance. and we shall know when the time approaches

17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  24:20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Do not look back or long for the pleasures of this world

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.

Many will say that it will be foolish to go, because they love this world and its pleasures, not really desiring godliness; they shall love this world so much that they will prefer to stay in it, rather than obey God.

Only those willing to give up their lives, living by every Word of God, and DOING his will; shall be raised up to life eternal. Those who love their lives in worldliness shall lose their eternal life unless they repent quickly.

17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

The next passage refers to the sudden surprise of Christ’s coming as most will be going about their daily business when he comes. 

17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Where the money is the robbers will gather. At this end time there are MANY false teachers deceiving to the brethren of Christ!

17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

 

Luke 18

Always have a prayerful attitude and appeal to God until an answer comes; remembering that the answer comes to those who obey God, and may not always be the answer we want, for God knows better than we what is truly good for us.

This parable is teaching God’s people to long for, and to pray unceasingly for, the coming of the resurrection to spirit and the putting down of all evil on the earth in the Kingdom of God.

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

This is so true today, as I have heard so very many pray as this Pharisee did at services; and no doubt this continues today.

18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Jesus teaches us that we are to become like innocent, believing, obedient children; who TRUST their father, believing him and doing what he says. We are to be humble before God our heavenly Father and to have a humble contrite spirit before him; trusting, believing and obedient to our Mighty God who loves us with his whole heart.  We are to love him with our whole hearts also and we are to strive with all our beings to be Just Like Him!!!

18:15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Jesus was humble, and while in the flesh called only God the heavenly Father is  good.

18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

Jesus begins to list some of the commandments in answer to the question.

18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

This young man had one serious problem; he coveted worldly things, as very many in the Ekklesia do today.

Notice Christ’s answer: Did he say give all to me and my organization? NO, he said to give to others. WHY? Because Jesus Christ was not covetous himself!

18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Those who covet [set their hearts on] worldly things, cannot enter into the resurrection to spirit.

18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Yet there are some good people who being worldly rich, do not covet or put their trust in physical wealth.

18:26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

On behalf of all Peter asks: What is the reward of the faithful?

18:28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

The repentant and faithful overcomers are all children of the same Father!

Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

12:48  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 12:49  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Jesus then told his disciples that they were going to Jerusalem for the Passover, and speaks of the things that will happen there.

Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 18:32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

The blind man healed by calling out to Christ in faith

18:35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 18:36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 18:37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 18:38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

How we all need to have our spiritual blindness healed! 

When we fast, fast that our eyes may be opened to the spiritual truth and the teachings and sound doctrines of Holy Scripture. Ask our beloved Father in heaven to open our eyes to see ourselves as HE sees us, and to give us the Spirit of sincere repentance and zeal for doing all his will, commandments and instructions. Beg our heavenly Father to give us the obedient and humble spirit of a young child before him!!!

18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God

 

Luke 19

Jesus dines with Zacchaeus the chief of the tax collectors around Jericho

Luke 19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press [crowd], because he was little of stature. 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore [fig] tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

Zacchaeus a sinner was enthusiastic to see Christ and was overjoyed to meet with him.

19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 19:6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

The self righteous murmured against Zacchaeus calling him a sinner, yet Zacchaeus was more righteous than them all: Just as the wicked condemn the zealous for God to this day.

19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

Today as then, people judge by what they want and think proper, and not by the Word of God.  Jesus declares Zacchaeus a son of Abraham, meaning a man of faith like Abraham, who sought out and believed Christ. The sins of Zacchaeus were forgiven for his good deeds and his faith in Christ to live by the Word of God.

19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

The mission of Christ was to teach repentance and obedience to God the Father; to pay for repented sin; to save the repentant; and to reconcile them to God the Father; with the sacrifice of his very life as the Lamb of God.

19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The parable of the pounds

19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman [Christ went to the Father] went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Each of Christ’s called out servants is given a portion of God’s Spirit.

19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy [wait faithfully for me to return] till I come.

Then many of the brethren became entangled in their own pursuits and departed from their lord, rejecting him. 

This speaks of the rejection of living by every Word of God in today’s Ekklesia.

19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

At the resurrection Christ judges his called out by how much they have grown and overcome, by the amount of their zeal in study, applying the Word of God in their lives and exercising their gift of God’s Spirit.

19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

The person who was loyal and through hard work and zeal, increased his gift ten times, received a good reward; must as the diligently faithful to live by every Word of God and to continually grow in godliness will have their reward.

19:16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

The next man receives in direct proportion to his zeal and hard work; just as the called to God will be rewarded in direct proportion to their zeal to live by every Word of God.

19:18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19:19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

The person who is fearful and sits on his gift and makes no effort to study, grow, overcome and zealously please God, but is content to leave his salvation to idols of men and corporate organizations: will lose what he has been given for he is NOT worthy to receive anything.

The person who says; “all I have to do, is to do what the elder says and I have it made” will lose all, for his spiritual fear of using God’s Spirit and his spiritual laziness.

Being a part of some corporate church, even being baptized and receiving the gift of God’s Spirit, does NOT mean that anyone has it made!

On the other hand the man who has proved himself to be industrious and faithful, will receive the portion that had been taken from the wicked spiritually lazy, because God knows that he will use it wisely.

We must go onward and build our character house on that initial gift of God’s Spirit! If we do not use it; We shall surely lose it!

19:20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: 19:23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? 19:24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

The slothful and fearful servant had his part taken away and given to the zealous energetic person.

Why? Because the Master KNOWS that the energetic over-comer will also be an energetic, zealous ruler over his cities to teach his people to be passionately faithful to God like himself!

19:25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) 19:26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath [been zealous and increased the portion of the Spirit given to him] shall be given; and from him that hath not [has not used and increased his portion of God’s Spirit], even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

Those who quench God’s Spirit by refusing to diligently study and grow to live by every Word of God, are in rebellion against God and have become Christ’s enemies!

Those who refuse to obey the Word of God; instead, standing on their own false traditions, or idolizing men and organizations ABOVE God’s Word; by doing what men say and not doing what God says; and who equate loyalty to men with godliness: SHALL BE DESTROYED by Almighty God!

This is not some kind of game. Its either ALL THE WAY, in living by EVERY WORD of GOD; or we shall be rejected, cast out; and if we still do not repent; DESTROYED from life eternal!

19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over [reign over their lives] them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

19:28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 19:30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. 19:31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

19:32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. 19:33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? 19:34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

The multitudes thinking that he had come to take the kingdom; welcomed him.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 9:10  And I will cut off the chariot [end war] from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

When Christ comes back he shall destroy all enemies from the Mount of Olives and shall then enter Jerusalem to the rejoicing of the people to become King over all the earth and when the Feast of Pentecost is fully come the Holy Spirit will poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28).  Then all nations of the earth will rejoice for he will bring peace and fruitfulness back to all the earth.

Luke 19:35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 19:36 And as he went, they [many people, not just the disciples] spread their clothes in the way. 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent [foot of] of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

The Pharisees became fearful for their positions, knowing that they had opposed Christ and if he took the kingdom they would suffer loss.

19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem for her rejection of his deliverance; and for the great sorrows to come upon her in future before her people finally sincerely repent and are made ready to receive him as King of kings.

19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Jesus then casts the sinful OUT of his Father’s house; as he will cast the sinful, the compromisers with the Word of God, and the tolerater’s of wilful sin; out from among his people and reject them from being in the resurrection as a part of his bride.

Those who go out to buy on Sabbath, who reject knowledge for false traditions, who idolize men and corporate organizations, those who wink at the sin amongst them: SHALL NOT BE IN THE RESURRECTION TO LIFE ETERNAL; UNLESS THEY SINCERELY REPENT

19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Christ taught with authority daily in the temple and many people were attentive to him! Brethren, WE RE TO BE ATTENTIVE OURSELVES; AND TO BE KEEPERS OF WHAT CHRIST TEACHES!

19:47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, 19:48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

 

Luke 20

The chief priests, scribes and the elders ask Christ by what authority he taught in the temple; which authority belonged to the priests and Levites.

Luke 20:1 And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders, 20:2 And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

Jesus then responds by asking by what authority John baptized; and they dared not answer; for they did not believe John, yet were afraid of him because the people believed in John’s teachings. In answering thusly Jesus was subtly telling them that his authority was in the truth of his teachings and they had better back off because the people also believed him.

God’s Word is TRUTH, and TRUTH is its own authority, regardless of who tells it. And men who teach contrary to God’s Word have absolutely NO authority at all.

20:3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me: 20:4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? 20:5 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not? 20:6 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

20:7 And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was. 20:8 And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

The parable of the vineyard

20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

The vineyard was physical Israel [by extension the people of the whole earth] and the fruit thereof is the faithful overcomers.

The “man” was the owner, God the Father; who sent his servants the prophets to preach the message of repentance and gather the fruit of the earth.

20:10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 20:11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 20:12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

The heavenly Father then sent his own son, but the religious leaders decided to take the vineyard [the people] for themselves: Just as many want the brethren to follow them instead of having any zeal to follow the whole Word of God.

20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. 20:14 But when the husbandmen [the religious authorities over the people; the fruit of the earth] saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

The wicked hirelings who would not do the work of their Master, but sought gain for themselves; will be destroyed.

God the Father shall send his resurrected son with the chosen; to destroy such wickedness, and will give the earth to his faithful and chosen.

20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid [that there be such wicked men as these workman].

Jesus then said that this thing was true, for the workmen will reject the Chief Building Stone.

20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? 20:18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Judah stumbled at Jesus because they did not understand and could not accept that YHVH was the name of a family of more than one Being;  and the British, Americans and others stumble at Christ because they reject Jesus’ teachings that we should live by every Word of God [Mat 4:4) and have been deceived into thinking that the New Covenant does away with the laws of God. 

The religious establishment knew Christ spoke about them, and instead of repenting they sought to kill the messenger giving the warning.  Even as they reject the warnings to turn to God  today.

20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign [pretend to be] themselves just men, that they might take hold of [trap him] his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

Paying Taxes

20:21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no? 20:23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt [test] ye me? 20:24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s. 20:25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s. 20:26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.

Even though our governments are wicked, we are still to set the good example and pay our taxes.  This can be vexing at times, but we are to set an example and pay our own taxes.

The priests then asked him about the resurrection

20:27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees [Priests of Aaron], which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, 20:28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

20:29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. 20:30 And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. 20:31 And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died. 20:32 Last of all the woman died also.

20:33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

Jesus replied that in the kingdom people will be like the angels; who are made of spirit, and live forever, unless God [who has the power to destroy spirit] destroys them; and they do NOT marry or reproduce.

20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Jesus then teaches the resurrection to them

20:37 Now [concerning the raising of the dead] that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Obviously Luke and Matthew only give portions of what Jesus said, which need to be put together for a full understanding.  See also (Mark 12:25-27)

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 22:31  But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 22:32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Luke 20:39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.  20:40 And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.

Jesus then reveals that he is the Son of God and is David’s son only by popular perception, having been born of Mary; but not conceived with Mary’s egg, having been placed in Mary, a surrogate mother; by God the Father.

Jesus Christ gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and reduced to the smallest possible human and placed inside Mary by God the Father, that he might partake of the whole of the human experience.

20:41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son? 20:42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 20:43 Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 20:44 David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

20:45 Then in the audience [in the presence] of all the people he said unto his disciples,

Very many today, have the same attitude as these scribes.

20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes [expensive power suits], and love greetings in the markets [love recognition and the adulation of the brethren], and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; 20:47 Which devour widows’ houses [seek to steal the inheritances of widows and orphans and demand money from the destitute], and for a shew make long prayers [trying to impress people]: the same shall receive greater damnation. 

Today many are guilty of these sins, especially with their atrocious abominable “Gift us with the inheritance that belongs to your widows and orphans” programs to disinherit rightful heirs.

 

Luke 21

In the example of the widow’s mite, Jesus points out that we are not to judge by the seeing of our eyes, but we are to judge justly according to the truth, for appearances are often deceiving.

Luke 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 21:2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 21:3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

Luke begins a counterpart to Matthew 24 adding to the biblical signs of the coming tribulation and the resurrection.

He speaks of the destruction of the temple which was fulfilled in circa 70 A.D. The first half of Revelation 12:1-6 explains the first half of the seventieth week, to be followed by the second half of the 70th week in our day, as explained in the second half of Revelation 12

21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 21:6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Christ explains these things to his disciples and later explains further with the Revelation to John on the isle of Patmos, after Jesus had been resurrected and more had been revealed to the Him by God the Father (Revelation 5)

21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

Various wars will come, and even these present wars are NOT the tribulation.

21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

The persecution of Jesus himself was to continue and would include many of the faithful called out to God.

21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

These things are an opportunity for us to testify and witness to godliness

21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

If we study and meditate on all the ways of God without ceasing,  we shall be prepared and need not worry about what to say, for God’s Spirit will bring to remembrance those things that we have studied and the right words to speak.

21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Whoever betrays us, let us forgive them as Christ forgave those who crucified him.

Zechariah 13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

Luke 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

Though we die physically for our zeal and faithfulness for God, we shall not perish; for we shall be raised up on that day.

21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish [In the context of the resurrection to eternal life as spirits].

Continue in zealous overcoming and wait patiently for that day.  It is by patient endurance and overcoming sin that we shall be saved. Those who are NOT zealous to live by every Word of God; who tolerate sin and compromise with God’s Word, shall not be in the resurrection to spirit.

21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls [lives].

Here is another key sign of the tribulation

As Jerusalem was surrounded by the armies of Titus; she shall again be surrounded by armies in this latter day.

Armies of peacekeepers will come to defend the peace deal of 1 Thessalonians 5:3, and when the Extremist Jewish Settler Movement [remember Rabin’s assassination?] sabotages the peace; Jerusalem and Judea shall be occupied by the surrounding nations and the enraged forces of a Turkish led coalition of Islamic nations (Psalms 83) and these peacekeeper will move in to bring order.

21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

Be prepared to leave when you see these things happening, for the desolation of the tribulation will be near, and if you wait until the final false prophet goes to the holy mount; you have waited too long (Mat 24:15).  His plans will be announced weeks ahead of time and that is the signal revealing when the tribulation will begin.

21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto [people were told to leave Judea and not go into Judea in the first century; and in this latter day the great tribulation will begin in Judea and will ultimately affect the whole earth, so leave the entire world to go to the place that God commands]. 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

The times of the Gentiles is not some complicated hard to understand issue. It simply means the 1,260 days of the tribulation.

Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Next the heavenly signs will be seen

Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 6:13  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

The stars of the heavens suddenly disappear as the tremendous light and glory of the risen Christ is revealed to all nations. Imagine the light of a pinpoint in a dark room and suddenly someone turns on a thousand watt bulb!  The pinpoint light would simply disappear in the brightness of the new light!

Even so Jesus Christ will reveal his glory which will make the glory of the heavens disappear in the brightness of Christ’s appearance. At his appearance the whole earth shall shake.

6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

The very next thing that happens is the sealing with God’s spirit of 12,000 of each of the tribes of Israel, to protect them from the trumpet plagues that are about to blast the rulers and nations of the earth. No doubt they are only a part of the total of those sealed with God’s Spirit, for many others will have repented and been converted and sealed through the ages before that time.

6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

After the sealing of the 144,000 the seven trumpets are sounded and “when the seventh trump BEGINS to sound” the resurrection will take place.

Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last [seventh] trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed [The faithful and chosen shall be changed from flesh to spirit in composition.].

15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Then the seven viols of wrath shall be poured out on the earth during the wedding feast in heaven, where each resurrected person is told his inheritance and given his responsibilities before returning to the earth.

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

When you see the tribulation and the Kingdom of God nearing; rejoice that your deliverance from the flesh and all sin is at hand!

Those who diligently seek God in obedience to live by every Word of God and who are eagerly looking forward to the resurrection and Kingdom of God, may rejoice at these events; not rejoicing over the suffering, but rejoicing over the coming END of SUFFERING, for they will KNOW that God’s deliverance is at hand.

The wicked who tolerate sin and compromise with the Word of God should fear the judgment that is at hand for them.

21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

When you see the biblical signs beginning as we see today; then we can know that our redemption is close at hand!

21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation [the generation in which these thing begin with the setting up of the man of sin] shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled [for it will take only a maximum of 1,335 days from the empowerment to do miracles of the final abomination until his destruction by Christ at Christ’s coming].

These things are set and WILL come very soon now

21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Take heed not to focus on worldliness and the pleasures of this world, but be always focused on the riches of spiritual unity with God the Father!

Those who are not focused on zealously LEARNING and KEEPING the whole Word of God, shall not understand the signs of the times and shall be taken by surprise.  They will be caught NOT doing their Master’s will and will be rejected by Christ; unless they quickly repent, and then prove their repentance by being faithful.

21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth [except the diligent elect].

We are NOT worthy to escape these things; yet we can be accounted worthy through enthusiastic faithfulness to live by every Word of God; and If we are so doing, the worthiness of Christ will be applied to us.

21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Between his Friday entry into Jerusalem until the Wednesday Passover [Beginning Tuesday evening after sunset until Wednesday sunset] crucifixion, Jesus spent the nights with his apostles on the Mount of Olives and by day taught in the temple.

21:37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.

21:38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.

 

Luke 22

The people called Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, simply Passover; just as today we say, “The Feast of Tabernacles” without mentioning The Feast of the Eighth Day separately; everyone assuming that we all understand that we mean to include the Eighth Day in the phrase Feast of Tabernacles.

Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

Two days before the Passover was about to come (Mark 14:1, Mat 26:2).

22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 22:4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

22:5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 22:6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

22:7 Then came [approached] the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

Peter and John were sent to secure a banquet room, and sacrifice and prepare the Passover lamb to be eaten at the banquet room.

22:8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. 22:9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? 22:10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. 22:11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 22:12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready [implies doing all things necessary including sacrificing the lamb at the proper time at the temple and then taking it to the building to be cleaned and cooked]. 22:13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

The Lamb would have been killed soon after sunset and would have taken several hours to prepare and cook. The meal would have begun perhaps eight or nine at night.

22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

Jesus said that he would not eat another Passover until he is resurrected.

22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

The FIRST cup beginning the meal was blessed and divided among the disciples. In those days there were four cups of Passover wine; a FIRST cup of wine opening the meal called the “Cup of Deliverance,“ a second “Cup of Rejoicing” over deliverance after the plagues were recited, to be followed at the end of the meal with Unleavened Bread and the third cup of wine called the “Cup of Redemption,”  and finally at the end of the service the fourth cup the “Cup of Reconciliation,” picturing the end of the Passover process of reconciliation with God. 

Christ opens the meal with the first cup of wine, saying that after this Passover he will not again drink another Passover wine service until he has been killed and resurrected.

22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

Then, as the meal was ending; Christ handed out the unleavened bread that had always been commanded to be eaten with the Passover. This was nothing new, however Jesus explained the meaning of the broken unleavened bread at this Passover.

Exodus 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

The third blessed cup of wine The “Cup of Redemption;” was then blessed and shared at the end of the meal.

The four cups of Passover wine were apparently instituted by Ezra under God’s inspiration.

22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper [the third cup], saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Christ then speaks of betrayal (by Judas). This is covered more thoroughly by the other Gospel writers.

22:21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! 22:23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

Then AFTER the Passover meal was ended and AFTER the unleavened bread was eaten and AFTER the Cup of Redemption shared; the disciples began once again to argue which one of them would be first in the kingdom.

22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

Jesus knowing what was in their hearts rebuked them and explained that they were called to serve God and humanity and were NOT to be abusive Nicolaitane dominators, but were to serve humbly.

At this point the foot washing takes place; as a rebuke to the bickering disciples, and an object lesson of service and humility.

John 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

John 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13:13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 13:14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet [we are to serve God the Father, Jesus Christ and one another; and NOT covet to be the greatest]. 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

Virtually all the religious leaders today, have been doing what Jesus Christ has forbidden and played political king of the hill seeking to exalt themselves; They SHALL BE ABASED and rebuked by Jesus Christ.

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Only a very few good elders have served God in sincerity and humble fullness of heart, to live by every Word of God, and to teach the brethren to do likewise.

Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

The servant is NOT greater than his Lord. If Christ serves God the Father and humanity, and the elders are to serve Christ; the elders should be following the example of Christ and diligently enthusiastically serve God the Father.

22:27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

As the eleven plus one will receive a reward in the kingdom for their loyalty to God the Father; so all those loyal and faithful to the whole Word of God, seeking to please God with all their beings by KEEPING all of his sayings, shall also have eternal life and a good reward!

22:28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Peter is forewarned of a coming failure of loyalty so that when it comes, he might repent having remembered the warning.

22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. 22:34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Jesus warns of being taken and killed later that day

22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.

They were to have a sword among them so that they would be counted as rebels and transgressors to fulfill the prophets; even though there was no intent to take the kingdom then or to do any wrong.

22:38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Luke now skips over the last teachings of Christ [recorded by John] and comes to the garden.

22:39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

Jesus admonishes his disciples to pray for God’s strength to be steadfast in the trials to come, to pray that they are not tempted to stray. We should all pray the same thing as very many have been tempted to fall away.

22:40 And when he was at the place [in the garden], he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

Jesus prays for deliverance, yet seeking God the Father’s will; and God the Father sends an angel to encourage and strengthen him.

22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast [maybe 50 or 60 feet], and kneeled down, and prayed, 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

Jesus began to sweat great drops in his agony and intensity.  This was not blood, but sweat in large drops dripping from his head to the ground, appearing like drops of blood.

22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

When his prayers were completed, he arose and the enemy came to take him.

22:45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. 22:47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? 22:49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? 22:50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

Jesus said; that is enough violence and heals his enemy.

22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

Jesus rebuked the priests who had taken him in the dark, too afraid of the people to take him in the light and in public.

22:52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Peter denies Christ

22:54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. 22:56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. 22:57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

22:58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. 22:59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 22:60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

Peter remembered the warnings of Christ and was crushed by his failure, repenting bitterly.

When the tribulation falls upon those called out who are rejecting the warnings today; they, like Peter, will be humbled and their pride will be crushed by the reality that has struck them down. They shall then repent in sincerity and whole heartedness as Peter did, and as Saul/Paul would later do.

Very many who are arrogant and prideful today, rejecting the Word of God for their own false traditions out of a misguided equating of loyalty to tradition as loyalty to Christ; shall be devastated in spirit when they realize that they were not rich and increased with spiritual goods, needing nothing, as they had thought (Rev 3:16). . . .

Many shall repent and rise up to do mighty works in the tribulation, as did Peter and Saul when their minds were opened.

22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 22:62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

22:63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. 22:64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? 22:65 And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.

22:66 And as soon as it was day [light], the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, 22:67 Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: 22:68 And if I also ask you [to let me be], ye will not answer me, nor let me go.

Jesus says that he shall sit with God the Father as the Son of God.

22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. 22:70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.

The priest’s, eager to have an accusation, then declared that Jesus had blasphemed by making himself the Son of God the Father.

22:71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.

 

Luke 23

The priests lead Jesus to a hearing before the Roman governor

Luke 23:1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.

There they outright lie, as well as make accusations regarding their beliefs.

23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

Jesus evades Pilate’s question

23:3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.

Pilate declares Christ innocent

23:4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.

23:5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.

Pilate, hearing that Jesus was of Galilee sends him to the Tetrarch Herod; not Herod the Great who died while Jesus was a child.

23:6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. 23:7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

Herod was happy to meet Jesus and question him

23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

He must have been disappointed as Jesus did not answer him

23:9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 23:10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.

Then Herod grew impatient and frustrated and thought Christ of no importance, mocking him and returning him to Pilate as not worthy of his interest.

23:11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

This apparent deference to Pilate by Herod, opened a friendship between the two.

23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Pilate finds Jesus innocent as did Herod, and decides to chastise Christ and release him.

23:13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 23:14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: 23:15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. 23:16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

The people stirred up by the priests; demanded the death of Jesus and the release of Barabbas.

23:17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) 23:18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: 23:19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) 23:20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

Pilate repeats his judgment a second and a third time, but the people stirred to a frenzy by the elders demanded Christ’s life. These priests were the lawful religious establishment of the day. Can you see how very important it is not to allow the religious establishment to stir and lead us away from God’s ways?  An evil leader can lead you very far astray from God, constantly prove all things and follow men ONLY as they follow Christ.

23:21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. 23:22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. 23:23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

To avoid a major riot the Roman governor Pilate was forced to give in to the demands of the Mosaic Church of God

23:24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

The rebel Barabbas was released; and Jesus the righteous, was condemned to death because of the envy of the religious leaders who wanted the people to follow themselves.

23:25 And he released unto them him [Barabbas] that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. 

This is an allegory;   Barabbas released from prison, representing all those who will be released from bondage to sin because Jesus Christ paid the penalty of our sins in our place.

Matthew fills in this part.

Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

27:27  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.

Jesus turns to the people and knowing that he will soon be in glory, advises them to weep for all the trials which they shall suffer before he returns in glory: Warning of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 A.D., and of the second half of the week called the great tribulation, about to afflict the earth today.

23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

Now speaking of Daniel’s 70 week and the two 3 1/2 years periods of trial 

23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Jesus asks: If they do these things to him in a good time; what will they do to his called out in the midst of great trials?

23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

Two criminals are crucified with him

23:32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Jesus then forgave those priests and leaders who had hated him and deceived the people to reject Him

23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

One man dying with Christ sought repentance and forgiveness. This man understood that as Christ lay dying; Christ would also arise and be King over all.

Consider how short a time this man was converted and faithful to Christ! Far far less than most of the other converted of humanity, yet he was granted salvation after repenting at the very end of his life. Who knows if God had been working with him all his life to bring him to this moment?

23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

In the following statement Jesus could mean in your next conscious moment after you awaken from death, or this could simply be a matter of the translators punctuation. “Verily I say unto thee today,  thou shalt be with me in paradise.”

We KNOW that Christ was in his grave for three full days and three full nights, and was not resurrected until the end of the third day.

23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

About noon thick cloud began to block out the sun, representative of the sin of humanity that Christ was bearing; the cloud symbolically hiding him and separating him from the face of God the Father.

At about three in the afternoon on Passover day, 31 A.D.; Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua], the Lamb of God; died for the sins of humanity being sinless, innocent and perfect himself; and that part of the plan of God was fulfilled.

Revelation 13:8 . . . . the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Luke 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

The Roman guard then glorified God and declared Jesus a righteous man

23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

The people were confused and filled with apprehension

23:48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

Those who knew Christ and his many disciples watched from afar and when Christ was dead, begged to bury the body before sunset when the High Day would begin.

23:49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things. 23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. 23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

23:54 And that day was the preparation [the Passover being the preparation day for the first High Day of Unleavened Bread], and the [at sunset ending Passover day, the first High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread Annual Sabbath began (Thursday that year)] sabbath drew on.

Jesus died at about three pm on a Wednesday Passover day, he was placed in the tomb before sunset, and at sunset Wednesday the high day Annual Sabbath of ULB began, and lasted  through to that Thursday sunset, then Friday [an other preparation day] and Saturday [the weekly Sabbath] came, and Jesus was resurrected just after sunset ending the Saturday weekly Sabbath.

On Sunday morning he was ALREADY risen!  Having risen immediately after sunset ended the Sabbath and beginning Sunday.  Yes, according to the biblical sunset to sunset 24 hour day; Jesus was resurrected on Sunday. 

After the Thursday High Holy Day, women came to view the tomb on Friday and then went to buy spices;  they then rested on the weekly Sabbath and came to the tomb very early on Sunday morning.

23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after [came after the High Day], and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the [weekly] sabbath day according to the commandment

 

Luke 24

Very early on Sunday morning perhaps before dawn, certain women disciples came to the tomb with burial spices.

Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

They found the stone already rolled away and the grave opened

24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Two angels appeared to them and announced that Christ had already risen; before they had come

24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

These women then went to tell the news to others

24:8 And they remembered his words, 24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Peter ran to check for himself, after which Mary Magdalene went back to the tomb and met the risen Yeshua [Jesus].

The women come to the tomb the first time, and run back to tell Peter and John.

Early Sunday morning before sunrise, Mary Magdalene visits the Tomb. Jesus had died about 3 pm on Wednesday and was placed in the tomb shortly afterwards. It would have been necessary to place him in the tomb by about 5 pm or so; so that they could return home and wash for the annual Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which began at sunset that Wednesday evening, sunset being near seven PM in Jerusalem at that time of year.

That Wednesday Passover was a preparation day for the High Holy Day which was a Thursday; then Friday was the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, of Saturday.  The first real opportunity for Mary to visit the tomb came very early Sunday morning.

John 20:1    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Mary finding Jesus already gone, runs to tell John and Peter

20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

The two men ran to the tomb; John leading the way

20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple [John] did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in [John did NOT immediately go inside the tomb] .

Peter went inside and then John followed him

20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

Then they believed Mary’s report that the body had been moved, still not understanding about the resurrection

20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

The two men returned to the place where they were staying in Jerusalem

20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

Mary remained in the garden weeping, and saw two angels who gave her the good news

20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.

Then Jesus appears to her, and at first she does not recognize him until he speaks her name

20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

She instantly recognizes him when he speaks her name and was about to rush to embrace him when he warns her off. Jesus says that he has not yet ascended to God the Father [to be accepted as our Wave Offering] and that she should not touch him.

Later on the same day, he encourages his disciples to touch him; indicating that he did ascend to God the Father as our Wave Offering to be accepted for us at the time of the Wave Offering which was Lifted up after the Morning Daily Sacrifice. 

For more on the Wave Offering see our Biblical Calendar and Spring Festivals books.

The Wave Offering is another appointed time which we are commanded to observe, besides the Passover and the New Moons. We are to assemble together and worship God. 

If we assembled to learn of these things on the days that God has commanded God would bless us with much understanding.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her. 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.

Luke 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

24:13 And, behold, two [disciples, not of the eleven] of them went that same day to [travelled towards] a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs [a little over seven miles away].

24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Jesus meets with the two disciples who were not of the eleven

24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 24:18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 24:19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:24:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

24:22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; 24:23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24:24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

Jesus expounds the scriptures and teaches these two men the prophecies of Christ

24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

These two men were hungering and thirsting after understanding and recognizing that this stranger, unknown to them; understood the scriptures they begged him to remain with and continue teaching them.

They did not reject him as a stranger, but accepted the obvious truth that he taught them.  Brethren, truth is truth whoever speaks it.

24:28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further [indicated that he would not stop at the village but was going farther]. 24:29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

They recognized him when he blessed and broke bread for them. This seems to indicate that they were also at the last Passover of Christ. There may have been many more than the twelve at that Passover meal.

24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

These two then immediately rose up and returned to the eleven to give them the news. Now consider their excitement as they had journeyed over seven miles away, and then turned back to journey the seven miles back to Jerusalem.

Then as the two were telling their story to the eleven, Christ appeared in their midst.

24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 24:33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

Jesus then invited the brethren to handle him; showing that during that Sunday, he did indeed ascend to God the Father to be accepted for us.

24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do [fearful] thoughts arise in your hearts? 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

Jesus then begins to further explain what he had taught while in the flesh concerning the prophets regarding Messiah and salvation.

24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Jesus then gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit of understanding

John 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost [Spirit]:

All Christ’s disciples are to preach repentance and remission of sins in his name

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding [by giving then the Holy Spirit], that they might understand the scriptures, 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

Jesus had given those present in the room the Comforter [the Holy Spirit], and told them to wait in Jerusalem until Pentecost; for a public giving of the Spirit to all the disciples. 

24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye [all the called out and sincerely repentant] be endued with power from on high.

Then they worshiped Christ, which is not lawful, unless he were a member of the God Family of Elohim (Mighty Ones).

24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

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